Men Over 50 Need Fitness Goals
In this three-part series, bestMastersFitness.com looks at the key fundamentals for men over 50 getting started on life-changing health and fitness habits.
Part 1 – Men over 50 Need Fitness Goals
If you’re a man over 50 wanting to lose weight, gain muscle, and generally get toned and fit, you need a starting point. As with most journeys, the first step can often be the hardest part.
If you’ve been out of shape for a while or if you’ve never really ever been in shape, the task my seem overwhelming. So the best approach in situations like this is breaking the task down into smaller components that become achievable tasks with tangency to the question “what do I need to actually do every day”.
Establish a Goal
The old management phrase “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” applies here to fitness goals for senior men. It’s simply not enough to say “I want to lose weight and get into shape”.
What does that really mean?
First, senior men need to identify what’s important to them from a fitness standpoint. Goals must be personal because motivation comes from a desire to achieve passionate goals.
Do you want to become stronger for a sport or for a hobby? Do you want to like what you see in the mirror? Do you want to look more appealing to a significant other? Do you just want to feel better?
Second, goal setting requires the SMART acronym, with the first two letters representing Specific , Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time oriented.
So for example, losing 10 pounds in 90 days would fit the SMART guidelines. Likewise, increasing upper-body strength by 30%, as measured by bench press, over 120 days also works.
Once a goal has been established, men over 50 should undergo a motivational assessment. Motivation involves two key factors: Passion for a goal and a belief that the goal is achievable.
So, are you deeply passionate about the goal you’ve set? If not, find a different way to frame your goal up so that you feel driven to achieve it. If you don’t feel passionate about the goal, you’ll probably quit before it’s accomplished.
Second, do you feel the goal is achievable? At first, it’s fine, even normal, if the goal seems out of your reach because you may lack the tools required. That’s where a comprehensive guide like BestFit50 becomes important in providing all of the knowledge you’ll need to make your fitness goal a slam dunk.
Through this combination of passion for your fitness goals and the tool set and knowledge required to make them happen, you can absolutely, positively get into the very best shape of your life.
Just Don’t Quit
Getting into shape and hitting your personal fitness goals requires taking specific action every single day over a sustained period of time. In fact, the whole idea is to fundamentally change the way you live your life so that, once your goal has been accomplished, you don’t ever go back to your old, unhealthy ways.
Some days you may stumble on the road to your goals. You will likely have days where you feel like you’ve gone backwards. On other days it may just seem too hard and you will have the urge to quit.
Don’t do it.
Just like you run a marathon one step at a time, a fitness journey is one day at a time and often one hour at a time. If you have a bad day, forgive yourself, re-establish your passion and commitment for your goal, and get back on track by putting one foot in front of the other.
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