Exercise Motivation in middle age

The Motivation to Exercise

Back in 2009 I  heard about some research that suggested taking up exercise in middle age was highly beneficial in terms of health and longevity. It was a swedish study.

Then I did a bit of searching around and found this on one of the news sites (CNN)

So at 50 as suggested by the swedish report, I started doing so light running 3 times a week as well as some weights.  Now dont get me wrong, actually since my late twenties I have always been motivated to exercise, but at times have found myself demotivated and discouraged, or going to a gym health club and using the sauna more than the gym.  So I cancelled my gym membership and started to look at what will give me motivation to exercise and keep fit at home.

Now I have regained my gym membership and I try to exercise regularly and although it can often be tedious, I vary it around, doing running 3 times a week for a while and then perhaps gym work 3 times a week instead and at the moment I go swimming and play badminton 3 times a week.  The best way is to find the motivation to exercise is to  start slow and small and build up, give yourself something thats achievable.  Now I am over 50 I can really feel the benefits in my mind, never mind my body.

There are some good gyms and leisure centres near to me and both the local authority leisure centre and the nearby Virgin active are very good.  With my gym membership, swimming and playing some raquet sports , then using the gym again, getting a programme that suited me, I started encouraging my son and my daughter, so you see how it goes.  

Motivation is often taking a step back and looking at what you are doing engaging the will in a more skilful way and suddenly finding yourself along way forward on the path to your goals.

More recently

This report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-18876880 is in the news connecting inactivity with deaths and illness

This article is also interesting: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12226744 because its about children and obesity and how we do not recognise it in our children and grandchildren.