9 Simple Steps to a Healthier Life in 2023
About new year's resolutions, there’s bad news, and then there’s good news.
First the bad news: Most of them fail.
Now the good news: People over 50 have more life experience and tools to succeed at them. You’re more realistic, focused, and balanced.
As a fitness expert, I know that plenty of people start each year wanting to get in shape. So, they join a gym or studio determined to stick with it, to lose weight, to eat better, etc.
That’s great. I want everyone to gain the benefits of exercise. But not as many incorporate fitness habits into their lifestyle for the long term.
I’m here to help. I look forward to answering any questions you have. Here are a few ideas to get your thinking on track.
Embrace Your Hard-Earned Wisdom. Nobody knows you better than you, especially at this point in life. You’ve set and reached many goals before. You know which kind of exercise you like, what time of day works for you, etc.
Forget Anyone’s Expectations. Along those lines, shake loose society’s standards about what your body is “supposed” to look like. If for no other reason, move your body because it makes you feel good. The rest will follow.
Focus on Movement Not Weight. That number on the scale is not the most important factor.
Slow Your Roll. By now, you’ve probably learned the value of starting with one specific goal. It can be as simple as walking around the neighborhood three times a week. Or joining one of my sessions a certain number of times per week.
Revel in Your Freedom. People over 50 tend to have fewer children at home, so there’s less pressure to rush back to the daily grind after the holiday break. And retired people get even more freedom from the onslaught of job stress after the period of holiday bliss.
Remember What You Want – Specifically. Get specific. (“I want to play ball with Timmy this spring”… “I want to feel stronger on the golf course” … “I want to look good when I walk my granddaughter down the aisle.”). Remember this goal whenever you’re frustrated or need motivation.
Count Your Blessings. Exercise is a celebration of what we can do – not punishment for other actions. It’s a chance to show you want to be here and happy for as long as possible. Gratitude is a much better motivator than complaining or channel-surfing.
Grab a Buddy. Many people are more likely to succeed with someone than alone, whether with a friend, adult child, or spouse. Or come into one of my classes and make new workout friends. The social component is one of the countless blessings of working out.
Avoid the Label. Don’t think of it as a “New Year’s Resolution.” That’s too much pressure! You’re just moving that body, every day, one day at a time.
Remember, I’m here for you!