“Hey, sorry I’m late. I didn’t want to come.”
I’d have to have my head under a rock to believe that sticking with a fitness program is as easy as showing up for a workout X times a week. It’s not that simple for ANY of my clients, and it’s certainly not that simple for me.
As we get older we become more aware of what makes us tick, and therefore I think we become more discerning in our choices.
When I was in my 20s, I don’t recall wrestling with motivation like I do now. I was fresh off the tail of competitive sports, and athlete was my identity. I kept working out even when it wasn’t required. Running, rowing, cycling, and swimming quickly filled in the space that gymnastics used to occupy. And I went along for years being my athlete self and doing my athlete thing.
But once we get close to mid-life, our identity has gone through quite an overhaul. At least it did for me. My identity expanded, which is, in general, an awesome thing. But it can also throw a monkey wrench into your fitness habits.
Beyond 40 is different territory. We expect different things from ourselves. Others expect different things from us. We place value on different things. And our reasons behind the choices we make are heavy and layered.
So there’s a whole lot more going on behind the scenes when it comes to our choices, and this includes our choices about fitness.
It has to make sense to us. It has to resonate. It has to be worth it. And then, once I’ve decided it’s worth it, I have to make it easy to do.
I don’t know about you, but I thank gawwwd I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I’m really picky about what I fill my time with. Fitness is still a priority, but I tweak it to align with my life.
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