Achieving Fitness at Any Age
You can be fit at 60, 70, 80 or 90. Or any age. And you can start any time. It’s never too late.
It sounds trite, I know. But it’s TRUE. I don’t know how else to say it.
In less than a week I am celebrating my 59th birthday and beginning my 60th year on the planet. I am very happy to say that I have truly never felt better in my life. I have never been stronger. My cardiovascular conditioning is as good or better than when I was 15. I rarely get sick. And I have energy to spare, all day, until I put my head down and fall sound asleep.
Hooray for me, right?
Except it wasn’t always like that. As a young man, I never exercised on a regular basis. I didn’t start a workout regimen until I was 30 (read about it here).
When I was laid off from my job after 26 years and a year after my wife passed away, I went into a free-fall and, after a year or so, I stopped working out altogether.
I started smoking some nasty small cigars. My diet was fast food. I gained 35 pounds. And I started feeling like shit all the time.
But the worst of it was feeling my mind sink into a mud pool of negativity and depression.
My bad shoulder ached and throbbed constantly, especially at night. I suffered from frequent headaches.
Dreading the morning, I was tired most of the day.
This was the beginning of the end, I felt. My life would be a slow, miserable and inevitable winding down until I was dead.
I was getting old and this was aging. It happens to everyone – why should I be spared?
My final undoing was closing in faster every day, accelerating, and that scared me.
Starting All Over Again
The path from this low point to where I am today started, as all things do, with a thought. A eureka moment that, despite my age, or maybe because of it, had the same effect as turning on the lights in a dark room.
A long time ago, someone told me, “You have exactly what you want right now.” The notion seemed preposterous at the time. For years I didn’t realize the truth in that statement. I suffered from a subconscious block – a veil. Until that eureka moment.
Depressed and facing down annihilation and irrelevance, I realized I was faced with a choice: continue the path I was on and wither away bit by wretched bit.
Or choose different.
The key concept in that statement, “You have what you want right now” is in the word “want”. Desire. I have what I desire.
Really? It was inconceivable to me that I would actually want the sad condition I was in. As a matter of fact, I was pretty sure I wanted the opposite.
Nothing happens from nothing. Every effect has a cause. I am the cause of my life. You are the cause of yours.
If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, make a choice.
Start somewhere. Start something.
I could tell you step by step what I did to get myself out of that funk, but it doesn’t apply to you – it just worked for me.
You have to find your own way. You have to WANT your own way.
But I can give you some pointers:
- Get in the right mindset. Or, as my drill sergeant used to say, “Get you head screwed on straight!” Here are some resources that I found very helpful:
- Morningmiracle.com – Hal Elrod’s book, The Miracle Morning changed my mornings forever and improved my productivity by 100%
- The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People – This book by Steven Covey can radically change your life, for the better, forever. Read it, and then keep reading. For my list of recommended reading, click here.
- There are thousands of motivational web sites for each and every taste. Just pick one and listen or read. Here’s one: http://www.freeaffirmations.org/
- Get Moving!
- A friend of mine and long time personal trainer Brent Langston created a workout program for those that want to climb out of the abyss. Click here to get it for free. It’s not one of those workouts geared to younger folks who have excess energy to burn. It is designed for people that are in really poor shape, that want an easier way to start on a path to fitness. A program they can keep up with that will consistently deliver improvements.
- Get Your Diet Right!
- This 47 minute podcast will teach you exactly what to eat, and what not to eat, to live a long and healthy life. If you think that guaranteeing freedom from heart disease is worth 47 minutes of your time, the do it. Here’s the link. http://mikedillard.com/how-not-to-die-with-dr-michael-greger/
Go ahead! Take the first step! The resources are there and the whole world is at your fingertips. Create your own desire, take action, and then watch it build in a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement. Build your own momentum! Start NOW by getting the free workout just CLICK HERE. Or do your own thing. The main thing is to just DO IT!
If there was some switch in your head that I could flip that would get you in the mindset to grow and improve and get yourself healthy, I would. But that switch is only yours to flip.
So FLIP IT! You’ll be very glad you did, and so will everyone that cares about you.
That’s it for now. In my next post I will write about how much is too much when you’re working out after 50.