Boot Camp or Bust – Why Women Over 50 Need To Exercise

“To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.” –Gene Tunney

My view during sit-ups!

About 4 weeks ago, I signed up for Long Beach Boot Camp and it has been a life saver for me. Let me be very clear about one thing – I am NOT an exercise fanatic. I have, however, tried many different types of exercise classes over the years – The Bar Method, Pilates, yoga, the dreaded gym, videos (remember those?), & iPhone apps. With the exception of The Bar Method & Pilates where I needed to make a reservation for a class (thus becoming accountable), the others require some semblance of self-motivation. Unless I’m planning a lunch date or a vacation – I have little self-motivation. In other words, I receive a fail in the “stick with an exercise program” arena!

On top of Signal Hill BEFORE running!

I previously did a Boot Camp back when I was 47 & living in Carlsbad. I loved it & saw fantastic results within just a few months. Then I got a job, the trainer quit teaching, blah, blah, blah and I stopped going. A few years later, I joined another local Boot Camp. Unfortunately, I had to quit after a few months because we ended up moving 84 miles away to Long Beach. For the past 2 ½ years, I have struggled to find the right program for me.

After the run & I’m still smiling…barely!

One of the many things I’ve come to realize about getting older is that toning up is harder than ever. I do feel that my plant-based vegan diet is fairly healthy (except for the wine & potato chips!) & since moving to the beach, we pretty much walk or bike everywhere. Still, I was holding on to about 10-15 very unwanted pounds (perhaps the wine & potato chips?).

Watching the water-skiers while doing squats never gets old!

I’ve also finally come to the realization that I will not change the way I feel about working out & staying motivated. When it comes to exercise, Jerome is so disciplined about getting up at 3:30am (you’re reading that correctly!) & going to the gym before working all day.  I am not an early morning person & simply would never do that. Even on the weekends, he’s up before the sun, has gone to the gym & run multiple errands before I’ve even stumbled out of bed & had a cup of coffee!

My head is usually in the clouds when I’m doing curls!

This is one reason I love Boot Camp so much.  Class starts at 9:00am so I can get up, have coffee & breakfast & still make it on time. I also love that it takes place outdoors. It’s definitely easier to get my sparkle on when I get to look at palm trees, clouds & water-skiers instead of 4 walls. And lastly, I love that I’m not the oldest in the group (or the youngest by a long shot), that everyone is so supportive (high five’s all around), that every day we do something different (which is why every muscle in my body aches) and that I actually go, which is the most important of all.

Cheers for another great workout!

I’m not saying you should or shouldn’t join a Boot Camp. What I am saying is this, find an exercise program that you love & most importantly, will stick to. There are so many reasons that women our age need to exercise – protection &  strengthening of our bones (remember “Help, I’ve fallen & I can’t get up”?), our heart & our quality of life. It also helps our brain stay young (!), vibrant & resilient and improves our ability to get a good night’s sleep (unless you have cats laying on your head & feet).

And those reasons are enough for me!

Showing our muscles (haha) after camp & wearing my 1 month dog tag!

What’s your favorite exercise routine? Leave me a comment.

Thanks for reading!

xo, Erin

7 thoughts on “Boot Camp or Bust – Why Women Over 50 Need To Exercise

  1. Sounds ideal Erin and looks like a whole lot of fun to boot (no pun intented). I’m with you on the outside exercise. To share – my routine is an early morning run through the park (Nonsuch that you now know) which takes me to the village, where i can pick up what I tell myself is a well earned coffee, and more often than not a forgotten item of shopping – and take a slow walk back. Altogether about 7k so not onerous but doable in the time i have available. Sometimes I swap that for an early morning swim in the outside pool (heated – we are after all in England). The key for me also in both of those routines is the ‘outside’. Energising – and as you say – as good for the mind as for body. And what I found is it doesnt take long to create a habit – after which it is all so much easier than i ever would have imagined – no internal struggle of whether to go or not. Now I actually want to go and miss it if i can’t. Palm trees and beach would be the icing on the cake! Looking forward to hearing more about the results of your efforts. Loving the blog, and loving your photos.

    1. Karen,

      You have such a beautiful place to run & you know, I would give anything to be there right now! As you know, it doesn’t matter where we exercise as long as we DO exercise! And thank you so so much for the lovely comments 🙂

        1. Karen, funny you should ask….I twisted my ankle about 3 weeks ago but wrapped the darn thing up & I’m still going!

  2. I have to agree with my gorgeous friend Karen, the key is routine and thats one thing I just cannot crack, no willpower ! Just before I stupidly fell off a ladder at work, I was running regularly and feeling the benefit, after 6-8 weeks off any kind of exercise, the waste line had increased in diameter and motivation was at an all time low. Before the ladder incident we (Karen’s better half and the boys from the football team) had signed up for a 10K run in the beautiful NonSuch Park, this proved to be the catalyst and since then I am hopefully back on track and hoping the willpower holds up ! Keep going Erin……………

    1. Keith,

      Great to hear you’re back in good form. That injury was a nasty one! Good luck with the 10k, I am very impressed:-)

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