Motivating older people to exercise

Look good at any age

While health gives vitality, energy, vibrancy and confidence, the issue of health is not a motivator for people to exercise at any age. Using health to motivate people into action hasn’t proved successful. If the issue of health was a hot motivator there’d be people of all ages flocking to exercise as its benefits are well documented.
It’s clear this approach has largely fallen on deaf ears. It’s my view that people are more interested in looking good than they are in staying healthy. People on the whole put off working on their health until they suddenly have a health problem.
On the other hand, people universally want to look good. And so if exercise was promoted as a way to look good at any age and be attractive, desirable and vibrant at any age many more people, including older aged people would participate in exercise.
To see the importance looking good holds in the society, one only has to look at the newsagency magazines and count the number of books or magazines on health as opposed to books or magazines on beauty and looking good. Exercise makes one feel vibrant, alive and attractive at any age. I think it’s time we started promoting this.

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5 Responses to Motivating older people to exercise

  1. Helen says:

    So true.

  2. Suzanne says:

    Hello Janice,
    I just turned 55 and joined a gym 6 months ago. I don’t want to win any competitions, but I sure wish I had more definition on my arms and legs. I have been doing cardio and mostly arm exercises for the last six months and have seen no definition whatsoever. Can you recommend some exercises? Also, what is your diet like? I eat about 1400 calories a day. I have lost some fat and gained a couple pounds of muscle in my 6 months, but not nearly enough of what I expected by now.
    any advice would be appreciate!

  3. Aileen says:

    One important thing often ignored is joints wear out. I have a number of friends and also myself who have worked physically and trained with weights and/ or run from an early age. We are all suffering for it. In contrast many who excel at an older age often started late eg middle age or later. I think this needs to be considered. I am 60 and now cannot use one shoulder above shoulder height, my next stop is joint replacement. I can barely even do pushups or planks now without repercussions. I can’t hold a bar on my shoulders due to lack of rotation. So this really curtails my activity. Like you I did not want to be like my mother in old age but I think we also need to be cogniscent of the facts that bodies do wear out and that can come back to bite you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Aileen, sorry for the delay in answering you but I’ve had difficulty accessing my website. I also like some started WRT later in life but I don’t do strenuous weights work. I take things gradually and I’ve built strength over time. I’ve seen people start who come every day and they either hurt themselves by trying to get results quickly. I’ve been doing weight now for 30 years and I have never hurt myself in any way. I train only three days a week and now I have great muscles and more importantly strong bones and good health. Perhaps if you start small this time and be patient I think you’re strength and health will improve. We don’t have to push enormous weights to get fantastic results. Anyway all the best to you and I hope you’re health and spirits improve. Kind regards Janice

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