Older guy struggling to get back into it

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    Feb 08, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    Hi guys. I'm an older guy (49) and I find it really hard to get back into working out after time off. Been about 3 months since I was in the gym last (for a bunch of reasons) and trying to get started again.

    i know that I just have to get off my ass and do it and start eating properly, but seems to get harder as I get older.

    I really appreciate realjock and the forums and everyone's advice.

    Any tips on how to get started and keep motivated would be awesome.

    Looking at the workouts on here trying to figure out where to begin.

    have a good day!
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    Feb 08, 2012 6:08 PM GMT
    canadawestguy_49 saidi know that I just have to get off my ass and do it and start eating properly


    ^ This. Sorry, there isn't any magic trick. You just have to do it. Good luck!
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    Feb 08, 2012 6:11 PM GMT
    The first mistake you're making is referring to yourself as an "older guy." Your subconscious mind is like a small child, and blindly takes in everything you say and believes it. Then of course you will start acting like "an older guy" as a result.

    Getting back into working out is hard for everyone, regardless of age. Stop talking about working out and just do it. Talking about it will only sap your energy you could be using to lift some weights.
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    Feb 08, 2012 6:18 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThe first mistake you're making is referring to yourself as an "older guy." Your subconscious mind is like a small child, and blindly takes in everything you say and believes it. Then of course you will start acting like "an older guy" as a result.

    Getting back into working out is hard for everyone, regardless of age. Stop talking about working out and just do it. Talking about it will only sap your energy you could be using to lift some weights.


    Thanks, man. Thats good advice.
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    Feb 08, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    check out these 3 articles about getting back into working out:

    http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/15-tips-to-restart-the-exercise-habit-and-how-to-keep-it.html

    http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/five-ways-to-pick-up-the-exercise-habit-again.html

    http://www.askmen.com/feeder/askmenRSS_article_print_2006.php?ID=1002909
  • Ironman4U

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    Feb 08, 2012 6:29 PM GMT
    Yea, I agree with above...when you said, "I'm an older guy..." I was thinking I am older than you and I don't consider myself an older guy.

    The reality is that some things get harder as you get older. But most of the limits we place on ourselves are not age-related. Motivation is certainly not age-related.

    I would suggest you look at some of the "older" guys on here for a bit of inspiration. I know I am blown away to see guys who are still rockin it in their 50's, 60's and 70's. It's worth the discipline if you want it. You have decide if you want it. And then do what it takes. You can do it!

    Good luck.
  • over40nfit

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    Feb 08, 2012 7:49 PM GMT
    I agree with what these guys are saying I'm a trainer specializing in men over 40 I know you can do it-- I'm 60 and still going strong
    The only thing stopping you is YOU!!
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    Feb 08, 2012 7:51 PM GMT
    over40nfit saidI agree with what these guys are saying I'm a trainer specializing in men over 40 I know you can do it-- I'm 60 and still going strong
    The only thing stopping you is YOU!!


    Thanks guys for all the replies. Yes there are some amazing guys on here over 50 and you do inspire me!
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    Feb 08, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    you don't do it because you must not be having fun. do physical activities you find fun to stay in shape. I rock climb and run and play all sorts of sports, I hate the idea of going to a gym and lifting, I refuse to do it.
  • Lincsbear

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    Feb 08, 2012 8:26 PM GMT
    I find the best way to get back to exercising after a long lay off is to think less and do more.
    Best wishes!
  • metta

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    Feb 08, 2012 8:27 PM GMT
    Schedule a routine to go to the gym and stick to it. Kind of like brushing your teeth.
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    Feb 08, 2012 8:37 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThe first mistake you're making is referring to yourself as an "older guy." Your subconscious mind is like a small child, and blindly takes in everything you say and believes it. Then of course you will start acting like "an older guy" as a result.

    Getting back into working out is hard for everyone, regardless of age. Stop talking about working out and just do it. Talking about it will only sap your energy you could be using to lift some weights.


    Scruffy is a wise man. Listen to him. Good luck!!
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    Feb 08, 2012 9:49 PM GMT
    I've found that it takes longer for me to recover now and that I don't have the same level of energy I did when I was in my 20s and 30s. I had to take some time off because of health problems and it wasn't easy returning to the gym. One thing that always helps me is to focus on what I can do today and not berate myself because I'm not as far along as I'd like. There are also some days where the last thing on earth I want to do is go to the gym, but I force myself to go and feel better afterwards. I also have to make sure I get enough rest, drink enough water, and eat healthy meals.

    I've done some of the RJ workouts here and found them to be excellent. I've even had trainers come talk to me when they see me doing some of the exercises (many of them new to me).
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    Feb 08, 2012 11:22 PM GMT
    canadawestguy_49 saidknow that I just have to get off my ass and do it and start eating properly, but seems to get harder as I get older.


    Yeah, no shit it gets more difficult as you get older and the more you procrastinate, the worse it'll get. It sounds like you're already making excuses.
    There's no secret formula or tip. Just get to the gym and do it.
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    Feb 08, 2012 11:38 PM GMT
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    canadawestguy_49 saidknow that I just have to get off my ass and do it and start eating properly, but seems to get harder as I get older.


    Yeah, no shit it gets more difficult as you get older and the more you procrastinate, the worse it'll get. It sounds like you're already making excuses.
    There's no secret formula or tip. Just get to the gym and do it.


    Totally agree. I'm a trainer but my best advice would be to get to the gym and start with familar exercises and routines until you start to get back into it. Go from there.

    But work hard and persevere..... it's always worth the effort but, yes it does get harder as you get older... But just do it anyway. The alternative is worse!!

    If I was nearer, I'd come over and kick your butt!! Good luck
  • waccamatt

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    Feb 08, 2012 11:42 PM GMT
    You're not older! I'm 48 and more fit than when I was 25. It's a matter of mind over matter. You're a thin guy so it isn't like you need to lose weight, you just need/want to work out. I stay motivated by making promises to myself:

    1) I only miss a night of working out if I have specific plans. Needing to do laundry or being tired are not excuses.

    2) I forbid myself to miss more than 3 consecutive days at the gym and rarely miss more than 1.
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    Feb 08, 2012 11:49 PM GMT
    Motivation can be one thing but let's face it - life can pull you in a variety of directions and it's easy to forget to set aside some consistent "you" time.

    For me, I've found getting up early and knocking out a workout before work is so much easier than trusting I'll get off work in time or feel like getting to the gym if I do. That time at the gym is mine and nobody else can have it. icon_evil.gif

    I'm also finding as I approach 50 that diet is more important than ever. Eat well = work out well.

    Perhaps none of this speaks to your experience, but hopefully some of the other feedback and tips will help you get back into it in any event.

    Good luck, man!
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    Feb 08, 2012 11:51 PM GMT
    I'm 49 and frankly I think I'm walking proof that hitting your late 40's does not mean you can't have a decent body. Let's face it: motivating yourself is hard to do at any age but when you're on a site like RJ it can become even more so because you can think "why bother? I'll never look like most of the guys here, who are under 40." I think RJ has the potential to inspire some but to equally discourage other older guys who want to get into better shape.

    I think the trick is to first off get into a regular pattern of hitting the gym and do everything you can not to skip a session because until you get into an ingrained pattern you are risk of quitting. Don't focus on immediate results; work out regularly and the results will come in time for sure. I would recommend a trainer to start or even a gym class at a local community centre if it has a fitness centre. There are a few in Vancouver and Victoria's probably not much different. That kind of recurring class would help you stay focused on attending and not missing anything.

    When I decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle I also ditched tv for the most part and focused on eating better (no odd diets or anything, just the simple stuff like salads, fruit, lean cuts of meat, etc, while cutting down on processed desserts).

    Good luck and don't get discouraged if it takes a while to notice change. Change comes slowly. Remember: the watched pot never boils.
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    Feb 08, 2012 11:54 PM GMT
    YVRguy saidI'm 49 and frankly I think I'm walking proof that hitting your late 40's does not mean you can't have a decent body. Let's face it: motivating yourself is hard to do at any age but when you're on a site like RJ it can become even more so because you can think "why bother? I'll never look like most of the guys here, who are under 40." I think RJ has the potential to inspire some but to equally discourage other older guys who want to get into better shape.

    I think the trick is to first off get into a regular pattern of hitting the gym and do everything you can not to skip a session because until you get into an ingrained pattern you are risk of quitting. Don't focus on immediate results; work out regularly and the results will come in time for sure. I would recommend a trainer to start or even a gym class at a local community centre if it has a fitness centre. There are a few in Vancouver and Victoria's probably not much different. That kind of recurring class would help you stay focused on attending and not missing anything.

    When I decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle I also ditched tv for the most part and focused on eating better (no odd diets or anything, just the simple stuff like salads, fruit, lean cuts of meat, etc, while cutting down on processed desserts).

    Good luck and don't get discouraged if it takes a while to notice change. Change comes slowly. Remember: the watched pot never boils.



    Awesome advice and an excellent physique to back it up!
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    Feb 09, 2012 12:09 AM GMT
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    YVRguy saidI'm 49 and frankly I think I'm walking proof that hitting your late 40's does not mean you can't have a decent body. Let's face it: motivating yourself is hard to do at any age but when you're on a site like RJ it can become even more so because you can think "why bother? I'll never look like most of the guys here, who are under 40." I think RJ has the potential to inspire some but to equally discourage other older guys who want to get into better shape.

    I think the trick is to first off get into a regular pattern of hitting the gym and do everything you can not to skip a session because until you get into an ingrained pattern you are risk of quitting. Don't focus on immediate results; work out regularly and the results will come in time for sure. I would recommend a trainer to start or even a gym class at a local community centre if it has a fitness centre. There are a few in Vancouver and Victoria's probably not much different. That kind of recurring class would help you stay focused on attending and not missing anything.

    When I decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle I also ditched tv for the most part and focused on eating better (no odd diets or anything, just the simple stuff like salads, fruit, lean cuts of meat, etc, while cutting down on processed desserts).

    Good luck and don't get discouraged if it takes a while to notice change. Change comes slowly. Remember: the watched pot never boils.



    Awesome advice and an excellent physique to back it up!


    Agreed!!!!

    Keep in mind we're ALL older than SOMEONE!!!!

    I would just add not to be too attached to time frames. It doesn't matter how long it takes to get there as long as you are focused on enjoying the journey.

    And focus on being the best YOU can - not being as good as, or better than, someone ELSE on RJ or anywhere. Trust me on that. Before you know it YOU will be the inspiration for someone. icon_wink.gif

    Good luck and keep us posted!!!!!!


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    Feb 09, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    Dude, sex is so much better when you look hot, feel hot, and are in great shape. Get back in the gym. You are missing out on all the fun