This is 80% of the battle for fitness over 50

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written by john c ashworth

Consistency!

Yeah, you probably could argue that this is 80% of the battle at any age. I might agree, and when people ask me what my secret to staying fit has been over the course of my life, the first thing I always say is, “consistency.” I’ve NEVER stopped. Ever! And when I was younger I went after it pretty darn hard. Especially when I was playing soccer at a high level.

When you get to age fifty, though, your margin for error is gone!

You can no longer put it off, and especially if you haven’t been good about getting your exercise and staying fit in the earlier stages of your life, now is the time you must correct this. If you don’t, bad things can happen fast.

I began to notice this reality when I hit the age of 40. Ten years later, the idea is like an old friend.

Today was a great example of the mindset you must adopt if you’re going to stay with it for the long run and stop making excuses.

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“Yes! It was in fact that cold out. Allie wasn’t bothered. She didn’t need a hood :)” -John

You can see from the picture above, that even thought It’s April in Wisconsin, the weather can still be nasty; and over the last week the weather has been hard to accept. Cold, windy, overcast, and just downright miserable at times.

I snapped the photo above of Allie and I earlier this morning. We decided to venture out of the neighborhood and onto a new hiking path. I regretted it almost immediately after stepping out of the car. The wind hit me like a slap in the face, and I almost turned right around and went home to watch the Masters.

Instead, Allie and I toughed it out and though the wind and the cold were still somewhat miserable, we still got a nice walk, and on a new path that was challenging and hilly and perfect for a Sunday morning.

At home now, keeping track of the golf tournament, and getting things done, I’m more awake, my body is loosened-up, my mind is clear and I’m ready to be productive.

It would have been so easy to skip this walk today. And the weather is often an easy scapegoat. Instead, I go it done because I’ve come to rely on it so much. I really can’t live without it. It’s like breathing. Does it feel like that to you, yet?

As I make my way into my fifties I’ve gotten a glimpse of how I must continue to pursue this effort to stay strong, healthy, and ready.

It’s not always easy to maintain this kind of commitment to your fitness program. I get that. That’s why you can now find some kind of fitness offering taunting you in almost every strip mall across America. Has that changed our exercise habit? Not yet, I don’t think.

If you’re struggling to stay consistent, a good coach can help. A good coach, who has experience both personally and professionally in working with those over 50, can really help you identify what’s really important right now for your fitness and how can you take the first step today and then begin building on that momentum. If there was one place I had to choose where people go wrong in their pursuit of fitness, it lies in starting too fast too soon, and in mapping out a careful plan for progression as you become stronger, fitter, and more motivated. Yes, those things go together.

That’s the work I did for twenty plus years with clients until I became a full time salesman and business consultant. If you’re interested in talking about taking advantage of the small amount of coaching time I’ve made available this spring and summer, shoot me an email and we’ll talk. No pressure.

johncashworth(at)gmail.com

You can also always download a copy of my first book on the subject, by clicking here, and becoming a subscriber. I throw it in as a bonus for new subscribers.

-John

[fitness friday] 5 Reasons Golf is more Exercise than YOU think…even when you use a golf cart!

written by john c ashworth, ma

Whether you ride in a golf cart of not, the game is full of walking.  But it’s not just the walking that makes golf both great exercise and a fantastic lifetime sport.  The game is full of athletic moves, and full of opportunities to improve your strength, balance, and flexibility.

For all you skeptics out there, consider the following statistics…

According to an article on the National Public Radio web site, the World Golf Federation estimates that golfers who walk an 18-hole course clock about 5 miles and burn up to 2,000 calories.  Now, I can hear you already…”but John, many people don’t walk the course they are playing, they ride in a car.”  Yes, you are correct, so to get maximum fitness benefit from your game of golf, walk when you can.  Keep in mind, however, that in the same article quoted above, a pedometer was connected to an older golfer who rode in a cart, and she still managed

 

exercises. Dumbbell Squats.

produced by john & carl ashworth

During this dumbbell squat, hold the dumbells at your shoulders and feel how much harder your back has to work.  Be careful.  Don’t go too heavy too soon.  Always remember, you have to be strong to get stronger and bigger.  Always build from a foundation of strength from the inside out.