Updated: Jul 17, 2020
I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that in my fifties I am now stronger and fitter than I have ever been. That’s not to say I never used to exercise – I did, but it was at the gym or running. As I got into my mid 40s I began to realise that pounding it out on the treadmill or cross trainer just wasn’t for me. I was bored and actually wasn’t really seeing any change in my health and fitness despite the hours at the gym.
A New Direction In Life
I took up Pilates and suddenly the ‘penny dropped’. This was considered, thoughtful exercise that worked my mind and my body. I saw results and got to understand my body better.
At a ‘burnout type crossroads’ in my life I decided to leave my life in fashion and train to become a Pilates instructor, encouraged by randomly meeting someone on a holiday in Turkey who convinced me I really wasn’t too old to change career.
Age Is No Barrier
Daily, I am lucky enough to meet inspiring men and women who, like me, don’t believe that because we are the other side of 45 we should ‘give up’ and allow ourselves to age physically and mentally. So, if you have always exercised… continue to do so. BUT even if you have never really exercised you can ‘catch up’. Research by the National Cancer Institute has shown that people starting to exercise in midlife have the same protection against illness and disease as those who have always exercised.
5 Motivating Reasons Why We Need To Exercise:
Improve your mental health
Exercise produces endorphins (the ‘feel good’ hormone), which acts as a stress reliever. There is a lower incidence of depression amongst the physically fit and, not only that, but exercise can help you sleep better too.