Active ageing & how to stay motivated

Studies continue to support that exercise at any age provides multiple benefits even beyond weight control and weight loss, from preventing osteoporosis to relieving stress and promoting heart health.

It’s never too late to start exercising, even moderate physical activity such as walking or raking leaves can help to maintain independence, quality of life, reduces the risk of developing health problems, and improves mood and mental health. In other words, physical activity can help you keep you doing the things you love and living the life you want for as long as possible.

But how do you stay motivated to keep active?

Staying motivated can be harder than you think. Did you know that 1 in 3 adults are insufficiently active? This means they are doing less than the recommended 150 minutes each week of physical activity. This may sound like a lot, but it could be as simple as going for a 30-minute walk Monday-Friday.

There are a few things you can do to help keep you motivated:

playing golf for exercise

FIND YOUR REASON

Finding your reason to exercise is one of the most significant steps to being able to make it a habit and maintain it long term. You want to find a reason that is really powerful to YOU, not something that you think should be important to you because of what others think.

Some that we have heard from clients in the past include:
‘I want to be able to get up and down from the floor to be able to play with my grandchildren’
‘I need to stay strong enough to keep going up and down the stairs at home’
‘To be able to keep playing golf’
‘I want to still be able to go on overseas trips’

Writing goals in notebook

GOAL SETTING

Setting ourselves goals and writing them down or telling others about them has been shown to aid in motivation. These can be weekly, monthly or long-term goals. Though remember if you are setting yourself a long-term goal to acknowledge the stepping stones along the way you need to achieve to get there.

START SLOW & REWARD YOURSELF

A lot of people are fearful of starting exercise because they feel others are stronger and more capable than they are. Remember you don’t have to the strongest or fittest person to start exercising but you do have to start in order to get stronger.

Start slow and aim to make this a habit before you build on it. This will give you the best chance of keeping it up in the long term. Going too hard too quickly usually means we are more prone to giving up in the short term.

Positive reinforcement is also a great way to increase your motivation. In other words – reward yourself! Set yourself a plan for your physical activity or exercise, and if you achieve it reward yourself with something.

DO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY

Enjoyment is key to success! As we get older, we want to spend more time doing the things we enjoy and less time doing tedious tasks. Now there are specifics types off exercise that have particular benefits but if you can find forms of physical activity that you genuinely enjoy doing, you will find it a lot easier to make part of your lifestyle. This could include:

  • Golf

  • Bushwalking

  • Cycling

  • Park exercise

group exercise

GET OTHERS INVOLVED

Sometimes we just need the company of others to keep us going. So how can you incorporate this into your exercise routine? Get your partner or family involved. Have active family holidays, go out walking or cycling with a friend, join a group exercise class etc. There are so many options, you just need to find what will work best for you!

If you would like more information on which type of exercise will be most beneficial for you, or you may need help finding a way to keep active, contact us on 8969 6300 or info@bblifestyleclinic.com.au