These days, more and more people who have struggled with weight loss are turning their life around and becoming healthier and more physically fit. There are also a lot more people wanting to start fitness in some way but do not know how.
There are many people that will feel that they are too old to start looking into fitness and health or going to the gym and lifting weights or simply feel that there is no hope for them as they have had a weight problem for their whole life.
This is a mental barrier. In past articles I have mentioned the importance of routine and the effect of a routine or habit becoming more solid and embedded the longer that it is followed or allowed to continue. These habits or routines can be good or bad.
If you are in the situation, maybe over 50s or even over 60 and you would like to lose a bit (or a lot) of weight or start a fitness programme and you feel you are too old to do so, the first thing you need to do is realise that you are wrong!
If this applies to you, you need to understand that to have results with a weight loss or fitness programme, you need a couple of things with regards to mind-set.
First off you should realise that it is never too late. If you get things right for 15 to 20 weeks, you will lose a substantial amount of weight and become a whole lot fitter. I’m sure that you would agree that in the grand scheme of things 15 – 20 weeks is not a long time at all.
Getting it right?
Once you understand that you can be the weight and fitness level that you would like, you can then look at educating yourself. It’s all well and good observing the countless diet plans and fitness methods out there today all claiming that they are your best choice.
This is very confusing to people that are new to this game and because of the volume of these products, many people will flit from one idea to the next as these ideas pop up and never see a single diet or training programme through to the end as there is always something that looks better or promises to yield better results
This leads to little or no results and further backs up your belief that it is too late for you.
The best thing that you can do here is to stick with one theory. If you know someone personally that has had great results, the kind of results that you want, you should educate yourself to this theory and follow it until you get your results. For example:
You know someone who has lost a lot of weight from a low fat, low sugar, calorie controlled diet and three weeks into this you hear of someone who has had similar results from a fasting diet. Do not switch to this diet if you have not given the first a solid 8 – 10 weeks.
The advantages of lifting weights.
Many people who have not followed a physical training programme before think that weight lifting is for the world’s strongest man contest or for big bodybuilders who are obsessed with packing on huge amounts of muscle.
Lifting weights is for everybody including over 60s. There are a huge amount of benefits that will come from this type of activity including:
Improve your balance
Improve your coordination
Improve your mobility
Help to reduce the signs of arthritis
This is a whole other topic but it is important to know that the amount of muscle mass you have is very valuable, you need to keep what you have as the benefits are many!
This does not mean you need to look like the hulk. Many people have an aversion to resistance training as they do not want to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. This will not happen. As soon as you start training with weights you will realise how hard it is to build muscle like this.
The biggest “take aways” from this article are:
Find a plan and stick to it
Once that you have a sensible fitness plan “STOP LOOKING” and stick to it! Research health by all means but I cannot stress this point enough! I have learned this the hard way. You do not get results from fitness if you do not stick to your plan.
Break those mental barriers to reach your physical potential.
There is a bigger mental barrier in the weight loss/ fitness game than most people think. It is more than likely this that is holding you back. Once that you decide that you are going to take responsibility and go out and do what it takes to get your results, you have taken your first step.
Just don’t let anyone else tell you that you can’t or make you feel that you can’t because YOU CAN!
Make your decision, plan your journey and walk your path, if you stay on your path you will get to your destination!
I hope that this has given you some ideas and helped you out even just a small amount.