Do you consider yourself Done with getting fit? Do you dread the idea of heading into your forties and beyond feeling unfit, tired and let’s be honest, old?
Have we left it too late?
I’m sure you have stumbled in from work, exhausted, frazzled and ready to slump on the sofa? The idea of grabbing your Leggs and heading out to the gym to exercise is the farthest thing from your mind, I get that. The call of the sofa is strong.
But, no matter how unfit you feel, its never too late to start an exercise regime. Heading into middle age doesn’t mean you have to settle for how your body looks or feels. Its not a get out of jail for workout free card.
Where Is That List?
If we are honest with ourselves, Working out is normally at the bottom of our list of priorities, along with washing the car, which I never seem to get around to, cleaning out the cupboards, which I hardly ever do or looking after ourselves, this I try to do but not always successfully.
So how can we fit exercise into an already busy schedule on a regular basis and really get ourselves ‘fit’ and ready for the next phase of our life?
Taking The First Step
Take the first step. Okay, It won’t be easy, but starting anything new is never really easy is it? Once you get out of the habit of exercising, which is very easy to do, getting back into it can be a challenge. But there’s no rush. Acknowledging to yourself that it will take time to Get Fit, that’s its okay to struggle with trying to do 20 press ups, a spin class, a run around the block, Is the first step.
Remind yourself that it’s not a race, You need to give your body time to adapt to a new exercise regime. Running headfirst into a marathon is not the best way to achieve your workout goals. But. The more you try to work out the easier it will get. The more you persevere the easier it will feel. Accept that your body is different now, be patient with it.
Set Those Goals
Set realistic goals, and take baby steps towards conquering them. If you slip up, it doesn’t matter, just keep moving forward. Some days your body will feel great, other days your body will feel tired. Give it time, before you know it you will more be energized, you will fill fitter and stronger.
Not More Settling
So many of my friends are fed up with running, bored with the gym and completely demotivated with exercise in general. The reason for this, they haven’t found what they love to do. They have instead settled for what they feel they should do.
Tune in to what you love to do, being active doesn’t have to mean going to the gym. There are so many physical activities out for you to try – rock climbing, skiing, basketball, football, martial arts, dancing. Don’t be afraid to explore new things. If your workout is enjoyable how much easier will it be to continue to do it?
There are so many positives to reaching our forties. One of the first that comes to mind, friendship. It’s deeper and stronger than when you were in your twenties. Call on it. Enlist the help of a friend. Discover new activities together. Share the cost of a personal trainer, they can work wonders for igniting your motivation.
Exercise will make your body stronger, more flexible. It will improve your coordination, and can ease the symptoms that naturally start to occur when we hit our forties – weak wrists, aches and pains, lethargy. And remember exercise doesn’t rob you of energy it will increase your energy levels.
About Niki Wibrow
Niki is the creator of the 404040 plan which specializes in helping ladies over 40 look and feel great through innovative and personalized exercise plans. https://www.404040plan.co.uk Niki is a regular contributor to many TV and Radio shows and has worked with major brands such as Netflix and Matalan launching unique workout programmes. Her celebrity workout DVD’s have sold in excess of 500,000 copies.