Achieving Your Fitness Goals After Your Mid-Thirties

by Jackie on February 12, 2015

To achieve a lofty athletic goal you usually have to be selfish with your time. This is easier when you are young and have nothing to lose and nobody to look after but yourself.

RunningBut what happens when you get a little older and carry all those responsibilities to your family, career, and community? Can you still go big? Absolutely. You just have to be smart.

Perspective is about the cultivation of an attitude and how it shapes your reality, rather than having an opinion. Perspective is the intrinsic system from which we operate. Opinions are extrinsic and based off your perspective. It takes constant practice to cultivate and maintain the proper perspective. When you are trying to achieve something outside your comfort zone, there are many highs and lows.

  • Find your why. This is your reason, your conviction, and the rock on which all else you do is based. Without it you will fail when things get hard.
  • Go all in. Half measures lead to mediocrity.  Decide what you are going to do and then figure out how to do it. Take the first step. And then the next. And the next. Until it’s finished. Pay attention to the three feet around you when things get hard. Fill yourself daily with positivity and strong motivation. Feed love and courage, not fear. Get rid of the negative people in your life.
  • Know what you are willing to give up and what you aren’t.

Do you have a system to achieve your mission? Is what you are doing sustainable? Every great company has a system – a standard operating procedure (SOP) – that sets them up for success. This SOP is not deviated from until, after relentless study, a more efficient way is found to succeed. You need to have your own SOP and you need to follow it relentlessly for a great deal of time.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What am I training for?
  • What do I have time for?
  • Where is my life at during this training period?
  • What is my why?
  • Where am I currently at physically? Where do I need to be to achieve my goal?
  • Do I have a time frame to meet these goals? Why do I have this time frame?
  • Is my goal realistic? If it is not realistic can I still manage to achieve it or should I relax slightly and settle into the discipline of training?

The mind is a powerful thing. Many athletes set unrealistic timetables for their goals. This sets them up for failure. They get so beat down psychologically by their lack of perceived achievement that they give up. But, in fact, they are actually getting better every day. They are just too focused on the horizon to see right now. They quit because their system was poorly set up. Set up markers and benchmarks in your training that complement your ultimate goal. Or, better yet, have a professional coach do it for you. Be patient. Have fun with the process.

And if you and your coach establish a training time, get your butt in there and train – no matter how you feel and no matter what is going on in your life (unless it is one of those big life emergencies that happen very rarely). Doing anything less is a disservice to you and the spirit of that which you are after. Honor the spirit of the thing you are hunting down and it will honor you.

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

Jackie

Jackie

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I'm a fitness nut. I know what you're thinking, one of these people who has never been fat a day in her life, and can eat whatever she wants. The truth is I struggled with my weight growing up and lived in a household where everything seemed to be fried. Once I got away from home I realized I had the choice to eat and exercise how I wanted. I've gained a lot of insight into working as a personal trainer, and feel I can relate to others that were in my situation. I think if I can do it then you can to, and if you want to start kicking butt then hop on board and lets get started.
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