Exercise is forever
To paraphrase James Bond
Yes I agree with your key point about how to view your new goals. That’s how view exercising.
Others think that I love going to the gym. I don’t. I resent spending time there that isn’t earning me the maximum return on exercise #ROE
My philosophy is to exercise properly, strenuously and consistently enough to minimise my body age.
Minimising my body age is one strategy to live longer better – which is my “big” goal – the light on the hill.
Done others say that I am obsessive. I’m not obsessive. They are simply reflecting their own lack of purpose in how they exercise. For them it’s a chore because their goal is unclear.
Although I resent wasting time when exercising, I don’t resent spending the time to do it rigorously and properly. If I don’t do it that way it won’t serve my goal.
It’s been a 20+ year journey which has paid dividends. Twice I’ve had cancer – and the surgeons each remarked that Id recovered in half the time they expected. My bones are strong and I can do anything athletic as well as a fit 50-year-old. That’s not my goal, but it’s a side-effect of having a clear goal.
Another side-effect of having a clear goal is that it guides you clearly in what moves you towards it, and what diverts or endangers it. Most of the exercises that I see those 50+ doing at the gym moves them away from living longer better.
That’s simply because gyms are built for gym owners, to feed their families – not to help you live longer better. PTs are beholden to gym owners to feed their families. It’s not a conspiracy. It’s just the way the world works that they set you up to serve their self-interest.
If you don’t have your own clear fitness goal then you will be subordinated to the goals of others. For example, the masses of men and women over 50 exercising on gym machines is the universal expression of that subversion.
If your goal is not the same as the gym owner’s then gym machines aren’t your answer. Just one example.
Have a clear goal. Make it a lifelong commitment. Make it a part of your life, not a chore. Do it properly. Reap the lifelong rewards.