Some days when I get to the gym and start working out, I wonder: “Am I getting too old for this?” Then my logical part says: “The older I am, the more important cardiovascular exercise and weight training become.” And then I tell myself: “I will feel better after the workout.” “I will be more comfortable about what I am going to eat later because the exercise will speed up my metabolism and I will burn up the calories better.”
There were days that I used to worry that I would sweat so much from hot flashes that I would prefer to be in a bikini top, but I realized I did not want to inflict the sight of my body on anyone else. This may sound anti-feminist or like a put-down, but we women have a choice about how we would like to dress in the gym for our comfort.
Ever have a young man in the gym say to you: “ma’am?” I guess that is polite, but it doesn’t make me feel any younger. Once a trainer told me: “You are old enough to be my mother… my mother couldn’t do what you do.” And this was way before age 50.
I used to always tell myself: “Let’s work out and shape that body and get muscle. Now I sometimes resort to saying: “Let’s make it through the workout” and that is okay. Actually, I sometimes still have those Zen moments when everything just comes together, and I am one with the workout, and mentally and physically everything is bliss!