Top 5 Myths People Over 45 Believe About Their Capabilities (What They Can Actually Do)


If you are over the age of 45 and wondering whether or not you can benefit from exercising, you have come to the right place. As a fitness expert and personal trainer in the Pacific Northwest, I have helped countless people over the age of 45 to get fit and reach their goals. What I have also noticed along the way is how many people doubt their capabilities, and just exactly what they can do.

Many people age 45 and up realize that they have reached an age where they need to get moving. They need to do something to start getting healthy, but they are filled with doubts about what they can do. Here are the top 5 myths they believe about their capabilities:

  1. They believe they are too old to get started. That is absolutely false. You are never too old to get started with an exercise plan or fitness routine. Whether you are 15 or 50, it’s a good idea to have a routine that keeps you physically fit. Never let age hold you back from getting started being healthy.
  2. They believe they won’t benefit from their efforts at their age. Many people feel that the damage of their slack lifestyle has already been done and that it’s too late to reverse that. Not true! If you start exercising, you will turn things around and be able to achieve your fitness goals.
  3. Many people over 45 feel they don’t need to exercise. While some think that heart disease and other problems associated with sedentary lifestyles are something that happens to other people, they don’t see themselves as at risk. They may feel they are just fine the way they are. The truth is that whether you are skinny or overweight, you still need to be physically active in order to maintain good health. Everyone needs to exercise.
  4. Some believe that exercise is dangerous. Fearing they may get injured, they hold back and take a seat on the couch. Well, there are more risks in sitting around and being sedentary than there are in getting up and exercising. Sure you want to take measures to be safe and reduce risks of falls and injury, and you absolutely can!
  5. They believe they are in too poor of health to start exercising. That’s simply not true for most people. You always want to check with your doctor to get the clearance for starting a new fitness routine, but most people can exercise. You may need to start small, start slow, and start with where you are and work your way up.

If you are over 45 and want to start exercising and getting fit, it’s time to look past the myths and excuses. You can achieve your goals! Just make the commitment to get started, have a sensible plan, and stay the course. I’ve helped many people just like you, and I can help you, too!