The Power of Knowing Why: What’s Your Main Motivation for Fitness?

If you want to get fit or stay fit after 50, you need a good motivator — a primary reason why you want to exercise, eat right, and live a healthy lifestyle.   We talk to people about this all the time. Active adults have powerful, compelling reasons why they lift weights, run, swim, take yoga, ride their bikes, and more. Here are just a few most often cited:

  • Playing with grandchildren
  • Reducing medication
  • Travel
  • Sports and hobbies
  • Avoiding obesity, hypertension and falls
  • Social interaction
  • Better recovery from surgeries
  • Treatment of chronic conditions like Parkinson’s, diabetes and more

Do any of those strike a chord with you?   Any reason is a good reason. Heck, you don’t even have to have one. But many people like to remind themselves of their primary driver. It can give you a boost when you’re not feeling motivated. And it can guide your choices about how to spend your time and energy.   Here are some real-life motivators from people over 50, 60 or 70 from around the US and Canada. 

Paul started working out eight years ago just for something to do. “And then I discovered something: It makes me feel good!” Paul lifts weights three times a week. 

Donna loves to hike in the Rocky Mountains. She wasn’t about to let neuropathy stop her. Working with a trainer keeps her out on the trails. “I had to do something,” she says. “I wasn’t going to stop walking.” 

Roy says, “I want to be able to play golf till the last day I’m breathing.”

Brenda: “I want to die young at a ripe old age. My mother lived to 99, and after watching someone grow old, I want to do it as youthfully as possible.”

When arthritis made gardening too hard, Amanda found help at a local gym. She lost 70 pounds, started walking every night, and quickly returned to her cherished garden. “I find it meditative, and I can leave all my worries behind me.” 

Being fit helped Shebah before, during and after hip replacement.  “You have to take what life gives you and make it work and adjust.”

Jimmy has been running and working out since 1979 and says it helps with stress. “It slows you down mentally. You have to focus on the moment, not what you need to do later.” 

Julie: “I want to be an active grandparent. I want to get on the floor and pick her up and swim and do all those things. I don’t want to miss a thing.”

Lora suffered a stroke in 2010 and now works out at least three times a week. “I’m living healthy and spiritually wealthy so I can laugh, love and live,” she says. 

Kay has always loved to travel and knows she has to stay fit to keep doing it now. “If I didn’t exercise regularly, I wouldn’t be able to do everything you have to do when you’re travelling – just climbing stairs, running through the airport, carrying bags and all that stuff.”     

“That’s why I keep this up,” she says about exercising. “Because I want to keep going where I want to go and doing what I want to do.”     

That’s a wide, wonderful “why” to close this. So, come talk with us about your goals. We’re here to help you reach them, whatever your “why” might be.

Whenever you’re ready, here are 3 ways I can help you get healthier and happier:

1) Come in for a Custom Fitness Consultation

We’ll sit down together and discuss your health history, your goals, and simple steps you can take to achieve them and see if there is a way to work together to give you the coaching and support you need to get the results you want.

 If you’d like to discuss meeting for a Consultation, just reply and put ‘Consult’ in the subject line and I’ll follow up with you.

2)  I have FREE Open Office Hours during the week where you can call in and speak to me about your goals.

 The call is just 15 minutes out of your week, but the insights you’ll discover could impact you for a lifetime! To schedule your FREE consultation, reply and put ‘Call’ in the subject line. We’ll set up a time that works for both of us.

3) Be my guest for a free training session.

 If you’d like to come in to attend a Beginner small group training session as my guest…just reply and put “Guest” in the subject line, and I’ll get you all the details.

 Shelley Turk

Chicken & Veggie Casserole

This easy-to-make casserole is packed with the protein and veggies needed to fuel your fitness results. Feel free to modify the veggies used in this recipe. Add in whatever veggies you have on hand and enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

What you need
Serves 6

  • 1 cup broccoli, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 10 oz ground chicken breast or turkey
  • 4 cups liquid egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
  • Sea salt and fresh pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 casserole pan with olive oil.
  2. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and coat with olive oil spray. Add the broccoli and mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes. Add the squash and zucchini and sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and ½ teaspoon of both the onion and garlic powder. Once tender, transfer the veggies from the skillet into the prepared casserole pan.
  3. Return the skillet to medium-high heat and coat with olive oil spray. Add the ground chicken or turkey and sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and the remaining ½ teaspoon of both the onion and garlic powder. Cook, stirring often, until no pink remains. Add to the prepared casserole pan.
  4. Pour the egg whites over the veggies and meat in the casserole. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, until the edges have set and the top has browned. Feel free to garnish with a sprinkle of cheese, diced tomato and fresh parsley. Cut and serve. Enjoy!

154 calories, 1g fat, 300mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate, 1g fibre, and 31g protein