Fitness has always been a big part of my life, but its focus and shape has evolved.
In my 20s and 30s, my fitness choices were heavily shaped by my desire to be super lean. I fell in love with spinning I did a heck of a lot of it. I also did a fair amount of running, sometimes a means of transportation to the lab and back. More social social activities like soccer, snowboarding, or group workouts were also a big part of my life.
In my 40s, my goals have shifted towards a focus on “healthy aging” (eek!). I want to be able to keep up with my three little monkeys, and even their children, for as long as possible. This means prioritizing strength, bone health, lean muscle mass, and injury prevention. I also prioritize staying lean, which helps me feel good in my skin.
I’ve still figuring out the best way to achieve my current goals, while having fun and being social.
There are (at least) five things I know for sure about what it takes to be fit:
- Make fitness a high priority. If you want to be fit, you need to make it a high priority. Nearly every day. I am fortunate to have a lot of support and flexibility that makes this possible for me. Ask for support if you have the option.
- Work hard. Showing up is half the battle. The other piece is putting in the work, pushing yourself. I challenge you to find anyone who got ripped without breaking a sweat.
- Be patient. Plan to commit to a new program for at least 4 weeks to feel results, and 6 weeks to see it in the mirror.
- Set goals and measure progress. There is no one ‘right’ workout program for everyone, or for every stage of your life. If you set goals and measure progress, you can figure out what works for you (or doesn’t!). It’s important to periodically evaluate and adapt your program.
- Find your sweaty bliss. Life is too short for workouts you hate! The secret to sustained fitness is finding a balance between workouts that target your weaknesses and those that keep you active and smiling.