For years, really decades, I would say to myself: I need to get in shape. Someday soon I will. Then life happened, a new baby or a new job that often meant moving somewhere new. Someday turned into next month, then next year and never happened. A lot of men have the same story and you see them all the time, middle aged White guys with no muscle tone, a belly hanging over their pants and a general softness about them. This has been sliding down the age scale to the point that young White boys today are as weak and soft as girls when I was growing up.
It is encouraging to see that there are still lots of White men that show up to the gym and put in the work and that new people show up all the time. Most don’t stick with it but some do. For me the toughest barrier to getting started and sticking with it was that I always heard that whisper in my mind: You are too old. You just turned 50. Don’t bother.
I still hear that voice. For long stretches it seemed like I was making very little progress. It could be tough to make myself go some mornings. The excuses would fly around my head. I didn’t get enough sleep last night, I have stuff to do, I have a headache, or my favorite: I will go later today, which usually meant I wouldn’t go at all. What keeps me going was reminding myself:
I have never regretted going to work out but I have often regretted when I didn’t.
I don’t know where you are right now but most of my readers seem to be around my age so I wanted to share this video from Paul Waggener about a question he gets a lot: is it too late, am I too old to start something new.
I like it, short and to the point and the end was hilarious. I am not going to start doing Jujutsu but I would like to do some sort of fight training, not to get some belt or win some trophies but just so that if push comes to shove I can do more than push and shove (or go for my firearm).
Every day you make a series of decisions, and deciding to do nothing is definitely a decision. Making the wrong decisions is pretty easy and making the right decisions is often pretty hard but as life has taught me and I am sure taught you, very little that is worthwhile comes easy.