For me, getting my heart pumping every day is more than just a way to maintain my physical fitness level. It’s a way to keep my sanity. It’s hard to fall into depression or negativity when you’re maxing out your heart and muscles every day, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
Anyway, I always know the depression is creeping back in when I find myself slipping into negativity. My thoughts MAKE my world. They are the lens that I see EVERYTHING through. Whenever this happens, I know I need more exercise. Some people workout to look good. Well, I workout TO STAY SANE.
My eating is also a huge deal. I’m a sugar addict. Not only is this unhealthy, it causes mood swings which, you guessed it, I’m already prone to. So eating fresh veggies and fruit and getting enough protein every day is super important for me. Drinking my daily superfood / vitamin / protein shake shake helps me with curbing the junk food binges and it also fills in the nutritional gaps when I get lazy. But the rest of my diet is up to me and it’s hard.
My biggest motivator, however, is my little girl. I had her when I was 38 years old and realized quickly that I could take one of two paths. I could let myself go‒using the baby as an excuse‒or tone back up and make my health and fitness a priority over the long haul‒making the baby my REASON. As any new mom knows, caring for a baby is a 24/7 job and it is easy to lose yourself in the process. I have always been an avid outdoor enthusiast, from hiking and surfing to camping and biking, but all these things fell to the wayside when I had my baby. I started to see myself moving in a direction I didn’t like and recently I decided to take action. I want to be healthy and active when my daughter is older….I will be 60 years old when she graduates college so I have a very important motivator for staying healthy.
Last fall I took the first step in getting my fitness back on track and I started running online motivation groups to help other ladies get into a healthy lifestyle. More recently, I made it a goal to get certified in nutrition and as a personal trainer because I am in the process of starting my own online (and in-person) fitness and nutrition consulting service. I want to help older mamas like myself (and non-mamas too!) stay healthy and vibrant as we go through our forties and beyond.
I love being active in many different forms because it makes me FEEL GOOD for the rest of the day and curbs the negative feelings and thoughts. I want to share my enthusiasm for active pursuits and the health benefits they confer.
Now it’s your turn! What kind of fitness program do you most enjoy? What areas of your life (cardio, nutrition, mindset, motivation, flexibility, some other area) do you most want to work on? What kind of at-home / online program would you be most likely to join? Comment below or shoot me an email!