Living With Purpose After Age 50
Health and fitness goals for men over 50 come from first establishing meaningful life goals
Like many men over 50, you may be looking to get into better shape. You know, “lose weight, get toned, add muscle”, that kind of stuff.
But let’s be honest, how serious about all of this are you, really. Like many people, chances are high that you’ll have good intentions, maybe get to the gym for a few weeks or for a few months, make an awkward attempt at modifying your diet, and then drop the whole effort.
Why does this happen?
Usually it’s from lack of motivation. And one key motivational element is a burning passion to achieve some desired future state.
So what do you burn for?
Before starting down the health and fitness path, most men would benefit greatly from stepping back and looking at their life in a broad context. Specifically, what is your purpose in life? And for men over 50, identifying “what it’s all about” provides challenges at this life stage.
For many, the post-50 years represent some significant changes. Typically the kids are grown, paid for, and gone. Many career goals have been realized. And father time begins making changes to your body and to your overall appearance. If you haven’t planned for this life stage and mentally prepared, it can indeed become an abyss of sorts.
So without knowing their broader life purpose, including broader life goals, how exactly do men over 50 gain necessary motivation for a health and fitness transformation? (Cue crickets). Yea, exactly, that’s one main reason why the attempt normally fails. Establishing life goals becomes paramount to establishing and achieving health and fitness goals.
Life goals are an extremely personal matter, and it’s beyond the scope of this writing to provide all of the attention necessary for this topic, but, that said, here’s a few things to chew on:
1) What has life taught you? One great benefit of the post-50 years is a pretty good dose of all things you like and don’t like. Dump the stuff you don’t like and go get more of the things you do like, you’ve earned the right to do this.
2) What is your legacy? When you’re gone, what will you be remembered for? Maybe it’s something big, like building a business. Maybe it’s something small, like setting an example on how to live happily.
3) What energizes you? What would make you just giddy to get up every morning and go do all day? Figure out how to make a life goal out of it.
4) What kind of people do you like (and dislike)? At this point, life is way too short to spend in the company of anyone except people you like, admire, respect, and want to be with.
5) What in life do you deem worth fighting for? Living by principles, including becoming an advocate for your values, provides inspiration for many people over 50 to set on a meaningful life course.
These are just a few things to think about, the important point however is that health and fitness goals become a subset of the broader life purpose, and knowing the importance of your body as your vehicle to transport you through the rest of your life becomes more valuable. Health and fitness becomes a means to your end, and passion about your life purpose can provide significant motivation to get into the best shape of your life.