fitness motivation at 50

  • fusionskr

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    Mar 05, 2011 8:42 PM GMT
    hey guys,
    i'm 50 yrs old and trying to get back in the workout mode. the problem is that i'm lacking the motivation and drive to start up again. i worked out hard last year and completed a running marathon but now ai find myself totally unmotivated to do any type of exercise. anyoen have any sugestions?
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    Mar 05, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    Sometimes when I am feeling lazy and unmotivated and don't want to work out or exercise, I think about this thread started not too long by MuscleComeBack. After this I have rededicated myself to be healthier. He has provided me with some inspiration by showing what great things can come with hard work and determination. Read through this thread. Sometimes the best motivation comes through the stories of others.
  • fusionskr

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    Mar 05, 2011 9:45 PM GMT
    did you workout with a buddy? joined classes? or workedout by yourself?
  • Sparkycat

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    Mar 06, 2011 1:23 AM GMT
    Do you lack motivation only in regard to working out, or is this an issue in other areas of your life? I think if you have not done so, you should have your testosterone level checked. It could be low and testosterone replacement therapy might be called for. A low T level can cause a lack of energy and motivation.
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    Mar 06, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    uh yes, get your head out of your ass . . .

    . . . the human body is not designed to look good or perform well at this age . . . indeed, we, historically, haven't even lived to this age . . . so we need to be fairly vigilant about maintenance . . .

    further, you are in a competition, like it or not . . . at work and in everyday life, so it's a matter of pride and the will to win . . .
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    Mar 06, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    I was sort of in the same mood a few years ago.

    I booked a holiday in warm weather area after New Years.
    It gave me 7 months to be back in swimsuit weather by the time the vacation arrived. It was the motivation I needed.

    Every January, I buy a new me the motivation to wear it when the pool opens Memorial Day weekend.

    since it's a holiday in Jan next year.
  • Ironman4U

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    Mar 06, 2011 2:14 AM GMT
    You are either fit and healthy (in varying degrees) or you're not. If you're not, you will die sooner (likely), be less attractive, be more depressed, be less confident (or at least be perceived that way by others), etc, etc. Isn't that enough to motivate you? Better health, better looks, better feelings about yourself...

    And if you're not spending some time getting or staying in shape, what are you doing with the time? Watching TV, surfing the web, or some other unproductive activity?

    I understand that you can be unmotivated, but it makes no logical sense to me at all why someone would want to settle for mediocrity when they could be great with just a bit of work. Don't you deserve it?

  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Mar 06, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    I'll start by quoting something I posted in a thread on a similar topic earlier this year: I workout to achieve a shape to my body that reflects who I am at my core. It's an ethos, and an aesthetic. My health is part of both insofar as it allows me to enjoy the benefits of being able to live happily and healthfully within the shape that I define, and to express myself in both athletic and carnal pursuits. So my motivation is simple - do it or die a slow death emotionally and psychologically and spiritually. It's that essential to who I am. Not working out is painful for me. Working out is truly an elemental function that when missing makes me depressed and out of balance. You might as well ask me to stop thinking, feeling or breathing. In fact, I did just that for almost nine years, and it nearly killed me. Thank God I came up for air when I did.

    I'd add that you need to find the physical expression that matches you at this stage in your life and helps you reflect who you are at 50, or who you hope/strive/aim to be. For me it's lifting and physique training, simply because I've always felt a little like Henry Rollins on the subject of lifting:

    The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it’s impossible to turn back.

    The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black.

    I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.

    But that isn't everybody. For some men it's running, for some it's skating or skate boarding or surfing, some it's tennis, some it's football or rugby or volleyball or baseball/softball. The list goes on, but the body you build and shape and maintain and challenge is the body that quite literally - to my way of thinking - gives shape to your spirit.

    In another post (I write on this topic with pathetically alarming regularity, I just realized) that was about body types, I noted that I'm not usually attracted to super lean guys, but one day I saw a buddy at the gym - who was once an Olympic contender for javelin - demonstrate his sport and it was as if the most beautiful man in the world suddenly emerged from this guy, and it was pure art. Not because of how he looked - although I suppose it didn't fucking hurt - but because suddenly who he was inside connected with who he was physically and he made sense as a whole person. It was amazing.

    THAT is the reason to "workout", to literally and figuratively "work" to let your spirit "out" of the shell of bad health in which we can too easily imprison it before its time if we're negligent and careless. This is about the man we ache to be in spite of time and biology. Mind you, time will win, but it will let us down more gently, and see us to the finish line with grace if we accept its challenge and keep pace with it, and don't surrender simply because it feels easier now that the going has gotten a little tougher.

    And while there is no winning, per se, there is honor. So I refuse to give up when the journey as I age throws more exciting challenges than it did when I was younger. Time is actually my friend. It is teaching me, and pushing me to keep pace in the way a good friend will do in the most difficult times - it shouts a little louder not to defeat me, but to raise in me the now at long last fully matured man that the boy in me could never have been. In truth, I could NEVER have trained as hard as I do now when I was younger, I didn't have the life-skills and the tenacity to push as hard. It's ironic that it happened 25 years later for me than some, but WTF, it happened is all that matters.

    So find yourself, honor who you are and what you have yet to fully realize about the man you've grown to be. If not, in a way, you dishonor your youth, and disrespect the time invested to get this far. There's still time to answer the question of what you want to be when you grow up. There truly is.

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    Mar 06, 2011 6:01 AM GMT
    fusionskr saidhey guys...i'm lacking the motivation and drive to start up again. i worked out hard last year and completed a running marathon but now ai find myself totally unmotivated to do any type of exercise.

    Other than being burnt out I'm wondering whether having accomplished one major milestone you're less motivated because you feel you have less to prove to yourself. While setting low more easily achievable benchmarks might work for some, in your case perhaps you'd be motivated by aiming high and trying something completely outside the box.
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    Mar 11, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    You probably wouldn't want the opinion of someone who is half your age, but I have to say exercising is a good way of socializing with other people without drinking.

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    Mar 13, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    Start back slowly

    But be consistent

    Make working out a part of your routine and lifestyle

    Picture how you want to look and go for it

    Find a workout buddy who will help motivate


    Sounds like maybe you knocked yourself out and made yourself miserable training for the marathon. . . then after you did it, you were burned out and unwilling to go through that hell again.

    I see this sort of behavior all the time. I remember a friend who spent six weeks training to do a run in December -- in ST.LOUIS (!?!) -- at a time of year when it's fricking freezing and snow and ice on the ground. I think they called it the Marquis de Sade Run.

    Anyway, he did it, it was an awful six weeks. . . so after that, he was done, can't bear the thought of running again and doesn't train anymore. No wonder. Where's the gain in that??

    Next time, take a different approach: Slow but consistent. Challenge yourself but at the same time, try to enjoy the workout, realize results don't come immediately and don't set artificial deadlines.
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    Mar 13, 2011 1:32 AM GMT