5 Tips on How You Can Start Living a Healthier Lifestyle Right Now in Your 40s and 50s
Want to make a change, but not sure how? Here’s how to create a positive shift to empower yourself to live a healthier lifestyle, today.
People ask me how I maintain a high-level of fitness in my 50s and how they can not only get started, but maintain a healthier lifestyle. You too can be successful with your health and fitness goals by creating healthy lifestyle habits, even in your 40s 50s or beyond.
If you’re not sure where or how to start, check out my top 5 tips below and give it a try.
1. Write It Down and Visualize the Desired Result.
There are so many benefits to living a healthier lifestyle and it’s key for you to first determine your reasons why. A powerful way to do this is to write it down in first person and visualize the desired result, for example: I want to have more energy when I spend quality time with my grandchildren or I want to experience better mental health and improve my mood.
Perhaps you want to have more stamina for an upcoming vacation that requires more physical activity. Ask yourself, how do I want to feel? No answer is wrong, just be clear on why and what it will do to improve your life. It’s also important to identify and write down your blocks. What do you believe is stopping you from living a healthier lifestyle now? Once you write it down, you can often find a solution in the moment.
2. Get Started by Making a Plan and Taking Action.
A simple way to take action right now is to do step one. Don’t wait around for permission or someday. We only have now and it’s entirely up to you. You can get in a workout in less-than 15-minutes a day that can improve your health and fitness. If time is an issue, try getting up 15-30 minutes earlier to get in a workout. And did you know, you don’t have to work out every single day to improve your physical fitness? Running just five minutes a day could add years to your life if practiced regularly.
The key to success is to make a plan and integrate it into your life. By doing this, you are creating new healthy habits and setting yourself up for continued success. The most important thing is that you actually start and take action.
3. Disempower Negativity and Integrate a Support System.
We all have people in our lives and in our social circles who are supportive and mean well. We also have those who impose their limiting beliefs on us and shrug off our goals. Sometimes it’s close friends or even family members. As difficult as it may be, you have to find a way to overcome the negative comments people in your life make.
Surround yourself with people who share your goals, those who will support your well-being, and celebrate all your successes. Moving past challenges for assures your continued success.
4. What Is It Costing You Now in Terms of Quality of Life?
This step is closely tied to step one. If you haven’t gotten a pen and paper to start writing what you want and why yet, ask yourself what you are losing out on. If you don’t start living a healthier lifestyle starting NOW, what do you lose?
When you take daily action and begin actively living a healthier lifestyle, of course obstacles will still come up, that’s life. By staying committed to your intention to live a healthier lifestyle, you’ll have a new way to handle them. The important takeaway is to identify the problem and find a workable solution and if you don’t, what the cost will be. If presented with a challenging moment, refer back to your goals, reach out in a supportive community and remember the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle.
5. Get a Qualified Coach to Support Your Longterm Goals.
One of the reasons many people fail and aren’t successful in achieving their healthy lifestyle goals, especially in their 40s and 50s, is that they lack a longterm support system. Finding a coach who has a history of helping people reach their goals with a supportive community in place where people share similar goals can be very powerful and effective.
A good coach will guide you and keep you accountable while working with you through obstacles. Coaches also educate you on making better health and nutrition choices, as well as providing or suggesting fitness routines. A coach that cares will remind you what’s at stake if you want to quit.
Bottom line? If you want to create and maintain a healthier lifestyle in your 40s, 50’s and beyond, follow these steps to identify and achieve your goals.
*This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.