How to get Fit in Your 40s

Updated: Oct 5, 2019

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Getting fit in your 40’s and cultivating wellness can be challenging. There will never be enough time to exercise—so you’ll have to make time. Literally, no one has time to work out. This is probably the biggest stumbling block for most women in their 40’s who want to start a healthier lifestyle. Everyone you see who lives a healthy lifestyle purposely and intentionally carves out time in their schedule to work out and conduct activities that benefit their health. It’s not easy but it can be done. Review your lifestyle and your schedule and identify where you have margin to live a healthier life. If you are feeling overwhelmed start with finding 30 minutes 5 times a week.

Make the decision to be healthy. The journey to a fit lifestyle only starts when you make the decision to be healthier. This is the biggest component to starting a health and wellness journey and it is the only way to be successful. You have to want it and you cannot truly want it unless you have made the decision yourself. Once you have made the decision to be healthy you can intentionally cultivate your health. It sounds like a simple task but many people move into doing things without consciously making the decision to do it. You have to want this for yourself.

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It matters when you start a new exercise regimen. The beginning of the year is the most popular time that people decide to get healthy and start working out. It is also the time of year that most people stop working out and quit. I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit this used to be me. I would be in the gym on January 1 with enthusiasm with a goal to lose weight and get healthy. I would go hard-- but at the end of the month (maybe through the end of February), it would all be over, and I’d be right back to eating a bad diet and not exercising. From a marketing perspective, we are inundated with advertisement at the beginning of the new year, but I actually think it is better to pick another time of year to get serious and begin your wellness journey to health. Anytime is a great time to start but avoiding the stress of the “New Year” start may help you to be successful. Think about starting on your birthday or at anytime you make the decision to get serious.

Find a workout that works for you. Look, the truth is I do not love working out. I am not that girl that wakes up every day excited to work out. I work out because I want to be healthy and I love the benefits and results of exercising. I’m willing to bet you are a lot like me—welcome to the club! Because I don’t love working out I have to be intentional about my regimen, otherwise I would NEVER follow through and actually do it.

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Here are 3 things I do to motivate myself to get fit

I typically workout in the morning because that is when I have the most energy. I also like the feeling of starting my day exercising. The only exception for me is hot yoga – it is the only workout I can do in the evening, probably because it helps me sleep. Workout during the time of day that will cause you to be the most successful.

I love a group workout. I am not so self-motivated when it comes to exercising, so I opt for group or team workouts like boot camp or group circuit training. I work out by myself occasionally -- l do love jumping rope! Some people are disciplined and can work out by themselves regularly, and that is great! Pick the one (or combination) that is going to keep you motivated.

I plan and schedule my workouts. Knowing what days of the week you are going to workout helps you to mentally prepare. Planning what days and what time you are dedicating to exercising will also help you flip your schedule, so your day revolves around including your workout instead of trying to find time in each day to work out.




If you are reading this blog post then you are likely ready to cultivate health and wellness in your life. The first step is to make a conscious decision to get healthy, the second is to find out when the best time of day for you is to exercise, then find a workout that you love and start your journey.

Where are you in your health and wellness journey? What kind of workouts have you found work best for you? Let’s chat about it in the comments below!

Xo, Melissa


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