By age 40, a lot of people have let their health and fitness levels slip away. Of course as young adults, we are all busy with our careers, family, household duties, civic obligations, and leisure activities. And then, seemingly all of a sudden, we hit the big “Four-O”, and suddenly realize we don’t look, feel, or function the way we used to.
This is usually the a-ha moment when we ask ourselves:
“How can I get in shape fast over 40?”
Just because we are over 40 and busy, there is no reason we can’t live a full, vibrant, healthy life, and look and feel great as well. Lots of people end up getting into their best shape ever at this time, and there’s is no reason you can’t also. Age is just a number, and being busy is just an excuse. Here are a few tips on how to get going on the right track and get back in shape, even if you’re over forty.
Step 1: Make a Commitment
The first step to achieving any goal we want to set for ourselves is to make a decision, backed up by a commitment to following through on that decision no matter what. So in this case, you need to decide that you will commit to getting in shape.
Now, a commitment is similar to setting a goal, with one small but powerful addition. To turn a goal into a commitment, you simply state the goal, then add the words “no matter what”. Now you’ve got a commitment!
Simple, yes. Easy, no.
But if getting in shape is important to you, there is no way around this step. Because there will be tons of distractions, temptations, and other people and things that will threaten to derail you from your desired destination. You cannot let that happen. You must stay on course and commit to getting in shape, “no matter what”. If you can do that, which only takes a few seconds, the rest is relatively easy.
Step 2: Schedule the time
If you had a really important, pressing issue that you needed to talk to your doctor or attorney about, how would you make that happen?
You would schedule an appointment with them, and if it was that important and pressing, you’d keep that appointment no matter what.
I’m here to tell you that when you’re over 40, your health and fitness are as critically important as anything you might discuss with a doctor or attorney. We’re not getting any younger folks, and one of the natural results of aging is that we lose muscle strength, flexibility, and cardio-vascular efficiency every single year, until we can no longer function effectively – unless we do something about it.
So to get in shape over 40, schedule an appointment a couple times a week with yourself – and then keep that appointment, no matter what.
Step 3: Ask for help
One thing you don’t want to do in your quest to get back in shape after 40 is to waste time with unproductive exercise methods or dietary habits, or even worse, dangerous ones. Getting on the wrong training program or diet regimen can, at best, be a waste of time and produce no results; or, at worst, produce an injury or health problem. So how do we avoid the pitfalls of a poor health and fitness program?
- Enlist the help of an educated, experienced fitness professional.
- I seeking out these professionals, it is important to ask the right questions, such as:
- Do they have a college degree in a fitness-related field?
- How long have they been training other people?
- Do the have references or testimonials?
- Do they have experience training people in your age group, with your background as far as health history and experience level?
- Do I like their training style and feel comfortable with them?
We are here to help you at Rock Solid Fitness, and you can try us out with a Free Introductory Workout to make sure we are the right fit for you.
Step 4: Take Action!
At some point, you will just have to roll up your sleeves, get in there and, as Nike says, “Just Do It”. Remember, every day you don’t get going, you don’t stay the same. Why? Because you’re a day older. Time waits for no one – why not get started today, to feel and function at your best?