I’m not here to highlight how life changes in your 30’s and 40’s. You are living it. You have put your career and family ahead of your own needs for the best part of 10-20 years. A Nobel deed Sir, but you need to get a grip on things before it’s too late. 40 is not old but you 20 years away from 60. It’s a little scary when you think at how time speeds ups.
First I’ll address 3 things you need to become aware of and I’ll give some insight into how to address them in a second post.
Firstly we need to address the elephant in the room. Your diet is key and if you are a busy person who eats on the go or eats based on how you feel. I got bad news for you. You need to understand why and how you eat and also challenge the information you have about food. We are irrational beings and we eat and drink unconsciously. You know what is good for you and what isn’t, however it’s hard to make the right decisions. Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, eating out was a treat. Nowadays we eat takeouts for convenience. There are fast food outlets close to home or the office and we have an endless variety to choose from.
Secondly, your body is not the same anymore. We live in pain. We have back, knee, hip shoulder and neck pain 24/7. I’ll argue that this is because we move less. We are not required to move around day to day as they did 100 years ago. The need to have a functioning body to survive is no more. Careers are built behind desks, in cars and now during COVID19 at home in our underwear.
Thirdly, stress and toll it takes on our mental state has an effect on our motivation to exercise. The last thing on your mind when your cortisol levels are through the roof is to go and exercise. Your body is in fight or flight mode. This is a natural part of being human and has been passed down to us as a survival mechanism. The problem is, the stress hormones released from this state do not get used up as we did to survive 70000 years ago. Our stress resides in our minds and most of the time there is no quick sprint or punch to get out of the “perceived danger”. There are so many health implications associated with stress, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression etc. Fitness has no chance if you can’t get control of it.
In tomorrow’s post I’ll address each of the problem and provide solutions to them.