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Getting Fit After 50 – Impossible Goal or Worthy Cause?

Like many people, I have found out the hard way that getting fit after 50 is tough. This bothers me because I’d really like to lose a few extra pounds. It’s not that I have low self-esteem. I don’t particularly care what other people think about my body. After six decades on this planet, I’m definitely past all of that.

At the same time, there are so many reasons that I want to be in better shape. For starters, I want to explore the world in good health and with plenty of energy in the coming decades. I also want to feel physically strong so that I can handle any situation that life throws my way. Simply put, I want to get in shape to get more from life.

Unfortunately, despite my best efforts in doing gentle yoga, I’m still not in good shape. Far from it.

Looking back to when I was a teenager, I remember eating burgers and drinking root beer floats without a second thought for my waistline. Now, I can’t look at a chocolate bar without gaining 5 pounds.

Please tell me that you feel the same and that I’m not the only one who is calorie cursed!

I know that getting in amazing shape after 50 is totally possible. All you have to do is look at someone like 77-year-old weightlifter, Willie Murphy, to see that most of our limitations are in our minds. But, it doesn’t feel like that sometimes!

This year, I’m more committed than ever to getting in shape. I’m working out at the gym 5 times a week. I walk thousands of steps a day. I’ve even cleared out my kitchen so that bread is a distant memory. All that said, I’m still nervous that it won’t be enough.

So, here’s the question. Do you think that getting fit after 50 is a worthy goal? Please join the conversation.

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to get in shape after 50? What step are you personally taking this year to lose weight or get fit? Please join the discussion.

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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