Achieving Masters Fitness Motivation
Men over 50 will more likely hit their fitness goals through mastering motivation.
by: Michael Miller
“Hey, great job, excellent finish out there!” “Great time, fantastic run, well done!” These are the memories of your last run and what you heard when you crossed the finish line. Now, 25 years later at age 54, this seems a very distant memory. All those years of running were starting to take a toll on your body, and that was while the aging process slowly started to kick in. Running, it seemed, would be a thing of the past for you. Unfortunately, you felt, walking the dog in the neighborhood might be the best you could expect from now on.
However, running does not have to be a distant memory or only part of your past. It all depends on what motivates you today; 25 years ago, your motivation was squeezing every last ounce out of your body to gain that extra minute or even extra second, beating your previous best time. Nowadays, your motivation has completely changed. Sure, your children are older and grandchildren are here or right around the corner. Staying healthy is, or should be, your number-one motivation. The beauty of having your health as your number-one motivation is that you can achieve it by continuing to perform in the athletics you have always loved.
Many people over 50 have different ways to stay motivated and keep healthy; some play a round of golf every day. Some people choose to walk for 30 or 60 minutes everyday rain or shine, through a mall or in the neighborhood. Then there are others, similar to you, who want to stay healthy and maintain that competitive spirit. There is absolutely nothing standing in the way of keeping that competitive fire going as a tool to stay healthy, in effect achieving both motivating factors.
The important part of this strategy is to adjust expectations, goals and milestones accounting for your age. At age 51, you will most likely not be able to run distances in the same time as you did at age 22. This does not, however, mean you cannot achieve the best finishing time in your local “over 50” 10K run. Being over 50 is not a limitation, in fact there are still many great years of fitness and competitive spirit left in your body. When paired with the appropriate diet, supplement and maintainable goal planning, you can continue to achieve fantastic results well past 50.
If you are over 50 and starting to feel depressed that the aging process has slowed your abilities, take control and put the aging process in its place! You are only as old as you allow your mind to think you are! The bottom line is this, pure and simple: even if you are not competing in any races at all, the pure satisfaction of crossing that imaginary finish line you have drawn for yourself one second faster, whether it is at age 22, 54, 75, whenever, is all worth continuing masters fitness!