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Fitness Motivation in Men Over 50

Understanding motivation unlocks its powers for fitness in men over 50

What keeps most men over 50 from losing weight and getting fit?

Fitness Motivation in Men over 50

Motivation provides the key for achieving fitness in men over 50

It pretty simply stems from one single, but major, missing ingredient.


So what  is motivation, really?

Motivation at its core is extremely simple and can be boiled down to the following two components:

1)    Holding a deep passion for some desired future state or outcome

2)    A belief that, as an individual, we can largely control our desired future state or outcome

So here are few motivational quotes applied to achieving health and fitness goals for men over 50:

“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.”–Mark Victor Hansen

Want to develop a deep passion for getting fit?  Picture your future state and write it down. Research proves beyond any doubt that, when put down in writing, we’re several times more likely to stick to our goals.  Two simple goals could be weight and body fat percentage.

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”–Mario Andretti

From passion comes desire.  Determination and commitment to a fitness goal come from an exciting vision of how you want to be in the future.  We can then live in the daily joy of knowing that, with the start of each new dawn, we will take one more small step toward the self we want.

In fact, it could be said that with each action toward our goal we have already become the person we want to be.

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”–Norman Vincent Peale

We are the masters of our own destiny, and fewer pleasures exist in life than taking some small action to control the outcome.  Just getting out the door and going to the gym today provides us with small but important proof that we are in charge of own lives and empowered to control our own outcomes.

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”–Lance Armstrong

If you’ve ever dieted you know the discomforts stemming from a calorie deficit.  Don’t let temporary discomforts derail you from your vision, accept and embrace discomfort as a clear signal that you’re moving yourself in the desired direction.  Remember, your passion and desire for your goals must be bigger than any limited discomfort.

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”–Hal Borland

A big part of fitness goal achievement lies in  patience and persistence.  Dieted for a week and only lost 2 pounds?  Be patient, at this rate over ten weeks you’ll have lost twenty pounds.  Don’t feel like going to the gym today?  Persist. The hardest part of any workout is just getting out the front door.  Know that your gains will come from many weeks and months of sticking to it, love your goals and stick to them.

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”–Maria Robinson

Don’t let anything from your past limit your belief in your ability to achieve your fitness goals.  If you missed the gym yesterday or broke out  of your diet, forget about it – it’s in the past  and is therefore irrelevant.  Every day is a clean slate, and brand new opportunity to make progress toward the goals you love.


2 Responses to Fitness Motivation in Men Over 50

  • Amber says:

    I would like to add some training tools to your article for change:

    1. On a piece of paper, write down your outcome goals and daily behavioral goals on a master list. Look at this as a process, a daily habit, and a discipline not just a one-time event. As life changes, we change. Make corrections add/remove goals when you feel you need to.

    2. Prioritize your list and write the most important ones on a small card you can carry with you. Every moment you have, remember to look over your goal card. This is a great way to stay focused on your goals that are important to you.

    3. Now, use your greatest tool you have…your imagination! It’s amazing how powerful our brain is and how much we create when we allow it to work for us instead of against us. Try this: Imagine yourself cooking and eating healthy, low-calorie foods, making better choices in restaurants, going to the gym consistently, or saying no to comfort foods in trigger situations. See yourself in your mind’s eye already having the body you’ve always wanted. Visualizing your ideal body reprograms your self-image, which is the picture you have of yourself in your mind. When your self-image changes, your behavior changes to be consistent with that image.

    4. Find pictures from magazines that represent ideal bodies you would like to have for yourself. Maybe even photoshop the image with your picture for the head. This is also great visualization.

    5. Create a vision board where you display various goal photos, affirmations, and motivational images pasted together on a bulletin or post them on walls or near areas of your home/office you spend most your time.

    6. Try motivational screen savers or post-it notes on or near your computer.

    7. Motivational audios are available and are good tools. You can also do your own recorded version of your goals and affirmations.

    8. Controlling your self-talk might be the single most powerful form of mental programming, due to the sheer number of thoughts you think of everyday. It is a challenge to be positive 100% of the time, but with practice you can easily re-direct your negative thoughts when they pop up from your sub-conscience.

    I’d like to share a technique I use to use in my earlier years that helped me to deal with negativity: Imagine you have a toilet in your brain. During your day/moments you notice your mind drifting off to some bothersome distant past experience or a future event that creates anxiety/stress, take a moment to stop what you are doing. Acknowledge your negative thought, forgive yourself or the people involved with this thought, and simply flush it down the mental toilet. You will never see it again! This creates the open space in our mind to create positive thinking. The choice is yours. The choice is yours…free your mind!
    Yours in health,
    AmberLyn’s Fit-Source

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