SP Premium
Walking Guide
Group photo
HOBBESIS49's Photo HOBBESIS49 Posts: 2,627
11/21/19 11:52 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Actually, this is a very good question (but as I see my own motivation lacking I think I need to seriously examine what it is that would motivate me more).
I have come to a place in my life where I should be thinking more about the long-term and how I can have an active lifestyle as I get older. I am 56 and my life has changed a lot these past years. What used to motivate me does not in the same way anymore.
I think what inspires me must now are natural wonders and the elements. For instance, I do like to take an occasional walk in the rain or go running in fresh snow. My mind would like to hike to hot springs but my body does not have the energy that it used to so my enthusiasm is different.
But my heart is still there dreaming.

Edited by: HOBBESIS49 at: 1/5/2020 (04:50)
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...

~Dr.Seuss -'Oh,The Places You'll Go!'

 Pounds lost: 25.0 
SEMATARY's Photo SEMATARY Posts: 3,735
11/26/12 6:44 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
I have multiple motivations, depending on whether or not you are looking at long/short term. Long term, I just simply want to be healthy when I get older. I'm 51 and in the best shape of my life and would like to keep it that way. I don't want to become what I call a "potted plant" - if you've ever seen the nurses wheeling the old folks out to a window to "get sun" in a nursing home, you know what I mean. To that end, I run (50 miles a week), and I do bench work (weigh lifting) 3 or 4 times a week - not to bulk up but to maintain and shape. I also hike as frequently as I can with my wife and as soon as the snow begins we are going to take up snow shoeing.
We'd also like to learn rock climbing and take up a martial arts but that's for the future.

In the short term my goals mostly revolve around my running and improving my race times. I set several pr's this year and got my half marathon down to a respectable 6:56 pace which I want to lower further to a 6:45 or better in February.

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
Carl Sagan

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." – T.S. Eliot

“Do or do not... there is no try.”
- Yoda

“Where does the power come from to see the race to its end? From within."
”Chariots of Fire (1981) – Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson)

Dori says:
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming:

CD1496683 Posts: 4,147
7/5/12 9:55 P

Send Private Message
In my case, it's the fear of getting old. I've always been superactive and just the thought of losing my ability to do the things that I love to do gives me the kick in the butt to make mostly good choices. Already I am the only grandparent that my grandchildren have that is still able to run with them. I'd like to be able to do that for a long time yet.

Life is good!

DEBBYFROMMT's Photo DEBBYFROMMT SparkPoints: (221)
Fitness Minutes: (103,192)
Posts: 6,823
6/23/12 4:45 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
I try to keep motivated by signing up for races. I don't run them entirely, I 'wog' them (walk, jog) But I keep trying to beat my last time!


MAUIMA's Photo MAUIMA Posts: 5,306
5/6/12 10:04 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
This is a very good question.
And children / family is very much the answer for me as well.
My children are older...ages 34,32,27,24...but still quite a motivation.
The one who is 32, lives in Wales...me in California...and she is a step child and has the only baby so far. I hope one day to be a Grandma and share the outdoors with my grandchild. I need to be in good shape!

Become the change you wish to see in the world.


 Pounds lost: 0.0 
4/15/12 8:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
For me it's my kids. My older boy is almost 6 and is already starting to push me to keep up with him. www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=3

 current weight: 196.0 
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Outdoor People General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Last Post:
2/11/2020 9:17:31 PM
11/2/2019 1:34:14 AM
11/4/2019 11:04:04 AM
9/2/2020 10:00:40 AM
1/30/2020 1:32:11 PM

Thread URL: https://wellcoach.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8738x47597932

Review our Community Guidelines