Upon stepping into her first yoga class in 15 years, my friend Robin removed her shoes, looked around and immediately wanted to slip her shoes back on and run out the door.
We all have those days when mustering the motivation to exercise seems like more of a challenge than usual. We just can’t seem to get going and we end up giving ourselves permission to skip the gym or yoga class, or postpone the run or walk.
In my former career I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford University and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
Keeping off extra pounds is a constant battle for most post-menopausal women. No matter what type of diet we follow – vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free – the challenge of warding off those unwanted pounds remains. The secret to overcoming this challenge lies in our daily habits and behaviors.
I used to detest lifting weights. I thought it was boring, pointless, and, well, hard. I’d much rather run or do yoga or go surfing. Then, last year, my son Chris, a fitness expert and record-holding powerlifter, asked me if I’d like to compete in a local deadlift competition.
Last year, at age 61, I held a plank for 7 minutes. Now, setting personal records for holding planks may not be a priority for most women in their 60s, but I like a good challenge!