Most people (of any age) know very well that they should exercise, but they struggle to do it. However, the excuses seem to compound themselves with age, making it seem like you’ll never get in shape. Don’t lose hope! You are not helpless, you are not doomed, and you do have choices. Part of knowing how to break through the obstacles that keep you from the fitness you want is simply identifying what is the holdup. Look for the reason why you struggle to get exercise in the list below, and do what it takes to smash through that brick wall.
When you get older, the types of exercise available to you become more limited, and the ones that remain are simply boring to you. You can’t seem to take an interest in getting yourself up to walk around the block or do your stretches.
Try going with someone. The conversation will stimulate both of you, and you’ll probably help each other out in your fitness pursuits. If you don’t have someone to go with you, try putting on headphones to listen to a stimulating audiobook, educational podcast, or adrenaline-pumping music. Or watch our video series and join in on the fitness workout—you’ll love the interesting content I share. Plus, some people say I’m quite a character, and you might just be entertained in the process.
You have a huge heart to stay fit, but your energy levels just aren’t there. The smallest exertion tires you out, and it seems like a losing battle.
Don’t lose heart. Any amount of exercise, no matter how small, can play a role in helping you to keep going. Look into caffeine-free ways to stimulate your body’s energy production. Boost your nutrition. Break up your workout into mini, bite-sized pieces throughout the day.
3. Health Problems
You have had surgery or a major illness, and you just can’t seem to bounce back. If you could just get back to where you were, you’d start working out, but the way you feel now, it seems impossible.
Check with your doctor to know whether you can exercise or not, but if you have a green light to go ahead, do your best to get your body moving, even if it’s very slowly. Don’t wait until you feel as good as you did before. Try physical or occupational therapy sessions to get your body working again.
4. Not Knowing How
You really don’t have the knowledge of what to do to get your body into optimum working order. When you read descriptions of the exercises and stretches you should do, your eyes start to glaze over at terms like fire hydrants, mountain climbers, donkey kicks, and Russian twists.
Get someone like me to guide you through the workouts you should do, in the right order, in just the right amount. Because my fitness program is on video, you’ll be able to see exactly how each workout is done so that you can join in. I also demonstrate a simple version of each exercise for people with limited mobility or less strength.
You won’t go wrong when you sign up for the fitness videos from Lifestyle Change at 75, where I take you through the exact program I used to get myself in shape. Check out a free sample of the content today!