After 50, motivation can be the toughest part about working out. However, watching clips from a new documentary about Senior Olympians titled, Age of Champions, it is hard not to be inspired. This uplifting story of five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics makes going to the gym three to five times a week look easy.

Each champion has made lofty goals, and surpassed them.  If Roger Gentilhomme can be a tennis champion at age 100 after battling cancer, arthritis, hernias, and concussions, shouldn't I be able to do 20 pushups?  I think we could all use a bit of his dedication and motiviation.  As he puts it, “As long as I can compete, I’m going to be out there,” and "as long as I live, I’m going for the gold medal!”

Thankfully for us that need some help in getting started, Restart Retirement has posted tips for individuals over 50 who want to get motivated and get moving towards their fitness goal.  Here is their advice:

If you want to start exercising:

  • Set a goal – any project or plan without goal will be a struggle
  • Develop a plan to reach your goal – this is a must no matter what activity you enjoy
  • Start small – if you are just starting set realistic goals
  • Set interval goals and reward small short term accomplishments
  • Create rewards that are pleasurable and away from your exercise
  • Change routines and change often
  • Develop a competition with yourself or a partner and relate back to rewards
  • Chart progress so you can monitor and remember successes
If you are already exercising:
  • Remember good days
  • Remember the feeling of success and your pleasure rewards
  • Focus on the big picture
  • Withdraw during your routine
  • Stay grounded but dream big
  • Join a team or league if you are motivated by others and in a team or league sport
  • Know what your urges are to quit and be aware of them
  • Continue to mix things up
  • Visualize your success
  • If you get lost with mixing it up – get a coach
To read more about getting motivated over 50 head over to Restart Retirement's post, Over 50 - The Toughest Element in Fitness is Motivation.