We’re old and it’s going to get harder and harder to reach our fitness goals. Right? A lot of us tend to live in these memories of how we used to look, feel, perform and just about whatever we wanted without repercussions.
This isn't necessarily inaccurate and I even agree, to some degree, I will not fight you on the basics of our biology.
Remember eating 2 pizzas when you were 18 and you would somehow lose weight? It was like we were made of fairy dust and metabolism (and horrendous perfumes and body sprays).
It’s tough looking back at how easy something was and how you looked and felt. I don’t want to state the obvious. What I want is to give a different perspective on the advantages of age that we didn't have in our youth, the pillars of age.
Do you remember doing your taxes for the first time? It was either when you hit 18 or whenever you parents finally made you do them your self (I'm guilty of the latter). There are few things scarier, then doing your taxes for the first time.
It was so damn frightening! What do all the things mean? What form do I fill out and why? How much do I deduct? Am I going to jail if I make a mistake?
It took a few years, and lots of conversations, to feel comfortable enough to get where you are now. Doing your taxes has become as simple as seeing your accountant, or using an app. It's just a part of your day.
How about the first time you took your car to the mechanic? Or dealing with your fridge breaking down? Visiting a foreign country where the native language isn’t English?
In fact, because of all the barriers you have overcome, you set up a more predictable life because you have overcome life's biggest challenges. Like what city you will live in and what career path to invest your time in, maybe even take the next big step with the love of your life.
Your life is mostly in a state of controlled chaos. Even if you have children you know what kind of chaos you are getting into.
My point? You have a much more manageable life than you have ever had. Every challenge you have overcome and come out better than before. Taking these challenges becomes easier than when you were young, because you know the process. You know that you need to start, ask lots of questions, learn what works best for you and then stick with it.
I believe you’re starting to see my point. As we age our biology doesn't perform as it once did, but our experience and wisdom expands. Physically we have more barriers but our minds can overcome anything. That's the trade off, that all creatures are given. When you are young, you use your high energy and quick learning to adapt as fast as possible, which is very exhausting but you have lots of energy at that point. Then we age and gain wisdom and experience so we can handle situations before they even become problems.
We become able to master what we do on a daily basis, BECAUSE it's performed on a daily basis. We have learned that no one is great at anything at the beginning of the journey.
Fitness is the exact same way. You must start slow, ignore the scale or results, and keep going until it’s a part of your life. Find out what works best for you and stick with it EVEN if you aren't seeing the results you want. Give it time and make small adjustments. Leverage your wisdom and experience into your approach to fitness, as you do with everything else in your life. It may seem a little more depressing because, unlike your profession, getting what you want in fitness was so much easier when you were young, BUT you now know that it is hard to value anything that is easily attainable.
Don't stare at the clock when on the treadmill, don't imagine what else you could be doing and do not skip days. Do have a positive mindset, do understand that this is who you are now, and do know that every day will get a little bit easier because you are leveraging the wisdom and experience of your age. That is your superpower.