I was recently interviewed by a fitness magazine for a feature on women who are fitter in their forties than they were in their twenties. While I was talking to the journalist about how great I feel at 41, I started thinking about what keeps me going now that I’ve developed (at last!) some good habits. So, how can we maintain our fitness mojo after the big four-oh?
You’ve come a long way, baby!
It’s important to look at the progress you’ve made over the years and to give yourself credit for making some good choices, even if they were only recently. Better late than never, right?
In my twenties, I was very academic and spent a lot of time on my butt writing my PhD thesis. Beyond attempting Cindy Crawford’s workout video (yes, so long ago that I was exercising in VHS), I was seriously inactive. With hindsight, can see that there were good intentions, but I had more commanding emotional needs that required feeding, preferably with refined carbs, sugar, and alcohol. I was seriously stressed during that decade, what with the PhD and not one, but two failed, marriages — I really was over-achieving on all fronts!
I wonder how different things might have been had I been fitter and better nourished with a more stable self-image – all the benefits we now know that regular exercise and a healthy diet can bestow.
Had I known back then that I was severely gluten intolerant, life could have been very different. I was in constant discomfort, and the symptoms made me anxious about socializing, lecturing, and other activities that put me in the spotlight, which made me miserable and withdrawn.