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Being Patient is the Key to Success – Unlock a Better You

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For men over 50, being patient is not just a choice but a sound approach towards personal development and fitness. Most people want immediate results. I’ll forgo the cake today so I’ll be 5 lbs. lighter tomorrow or I’ll lift weights this week so I look ripped next week. Unfortunately life doesn’t work that way. When it comes to most things, there is no such thing as instant gratification. This is why being patient is the key to success. 


The Power of Patience in Physical Health: Being Patient is the Key to Success

Being healthy after 50 is not just about adding years to life but adding life to years. Patience plays an important role, particularly when starting new fitness or diet routines.


Exercise: A Balanced Approach

There are a number of things that have to happen in concert to improve your health or lose weight.  It isn’t just about eating less or walking more.  Eating the right foods, eating them at the right time and doing the right exercises all need to be considered. It is also important to understand the intensity that you apply to your new regiment – is it sustainable, will it make you susceptible to injury. 


By not considering all these aspects of fitness you leave yourself open to unrealized expectations and end up quitting.  Build a mindset that involves cardio, strength training, flexibility exercises, heart health, bone strength and proper nutrition to help you get to where you want to be.  None of this can be rushed and each part must be considered and incorporated properly in your routine to improve your health.


Diet: Mindful Eating

Being older sucks –  you lose muscle mass each year and your metabolism is continually slowing down. Be mindful of what you are doing to get in shape. For example, consider your current eating habits. If you are good at tracking things, write down what you eat, when you eat, and why you’re eating what you’re eating.  This will help you reflect on your actions and support your goals. It will also put into perspective the amount of time it takes to reach your goals. Start things gradually and adjust as you go.


Rest and Recovery

When you were younger your body was able to more easily bounce back from an intense workout or prolonged exercise. As you get older you require much more time to recover.  Doing chest exercises on Monday may mean you can’t repeat these exercises on Wednesday. You may have to wait 4 or 5 days for your muscles to repair themselves. This adjustment is even more profound when starting out. Going full tilt on your first day, expecting immediate results will not only disappoint you and leave you sore, but also possibly injure you and make you quit. Start off slowly, commit to a less strenuous routine to start and over time increase the intensity.  By taking the time you are better able to adjust to what your body is telling you and thus stay motivated for the long term.


Patience and Mental Wellbeing

Embracing Change and Loss with Patience

Life is bound to continue to throw you a curveball, as it has for the previous 50 plus years. Reflect on these changes as they come up and adjust your expectations as needed.  Adapting to change isn’t always easy.  It is easier to drop your goals when things get in the way of your plans. Know that there isn’t just one path to improvement but many. Find the path(s) that work for you and don’t give up. Build the fortitude to keep going by continually reflecting on your goals. Remember, being patient is the key to success and improved wellbeing.


Building and Maintaining Social Connections

The term “fast friend” may be realizable for some people but for most it takes time to cultivate a relationship.  Building and maintaining social connections is just part of the bigger picture of improving your health. It is difficult to stay motivated in other areas of your life if you suffer from loneliness and isolation. So as with your physical health, take time to cultivate your mental health by participating in community activities, social groups or men’s groups. Join a sports team or chess club. Everything is easier when you have people to connect with. Who knows, maybe you will find someone who will not only support your path to fitness and health but also join in and encourage your progress. 


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Engaging in Reflective Practices

Sometimes we lose sight of our goals. We may write them down and may even review them on occasion, but it is easy to lose perspective on what you want and how far you’ve come. By recording your progress you not only reflect on your current state but also how you’ve progressed.  You do so by encapsulating the journey in your notes, which makes it clearer how you’ve gotten to your current state.  It also gives you confidence that you can get to the home stretch. Better yet, you realize getting to the home stretch isn’t as important as the new habits you’ve formed and the better life you are now living. 



Adjusting to Physical Changes with Understanding

Nothing is more depressing than looking in the mirror and noticing the loss of more hair or new wrinkles on your face. These things happen slowly but seem to come quickly. You are going to age – nothing is going to stop this from happening.  But also seeing the positive effects of losing weight, gaining muscle and improved posture (and confidence) counterbalances the negative to the point where looking at the mirror daily isn’t so bad.



“One minute of patience, ten years of peace.”

~Greek Proverb


“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

~John Quincy Adams


Conclusion: Being Patient is the Key to Success

Being patient is the key to success in your daily life. It sets expectations that change happens slowly.  You didn’t get to be overweight, and unhealthy overnight.  Similarly it will take time to turn things around. Recognizing this and reflecting on the small gains you make overtime give you the foundation for long-term success and healthiness. Patience allows individuals to navigate life’s trials with resilience, maintain meaningful relationships, and persistently work towards their goals with a sense of purpose and clarity. Remember, Being patient is the key to success!


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