Okay, 40. Bring It On!

Forty & Fiercer Than Ever! Photo by Leslie Hassler

Forty & Fiercer Than Ever!
Photo by Leslie Hassler

Well it’s the start of a whole new decade here at LauraLovesFitness. I’m officially 40.

I won’t lie. About six months ago, when I started thinking about turning the “big 4-0,” it put my brain into a bit of a tailspin. However, when I stopped to think about how I’ve evolved through the decades, I came to a pretty darned good realization: I’m stronger than ever. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally.

Sure, I had to make some mistakes in my 20s and 30s to get here, but I have no regrets. Actually that’s not true. I do have regrets, but guess what? They have more to do with the choices I’ve made in my fitness routine than in my love life.

I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s been more than a year since my last injury at the gym. This makes sense considering I’m training harder but smarter than I did in the past. While I’ve always been active, I didn’t truly grasp the importance of taking care of my body while pushing its limits at the gym until I studied for my personal trainer certification. Thanks to an introduction to anatomy and human movement science, I finally understood what it means to train the whole body so that it works in synergy. This is why I started putting more emphasis on things like core and flexibility training to build a healthier body.

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In addition to my studies and continuing education, my appreciation for total body training also comes from the Physique57 workouts I added to my routine last April. The one-hour class includes a range of moves including more squats than I’ve probably done in my entire life. The workouts never get boring, and they’ve helped me build lean muscle and feel stronger than ever.

Of course, a healthy diet is key to maximizing the positive effects from your workouts. While I’m eating cleaner than I did in my younger years, anyone whose read this blog for awhile knows I’m also a big fan of enjoying life. For me, turning 40 was the perfect occasion to enjoy everything from a strong margarita (or two) to a decadent flourless chocolate cake. You only live once, right?

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Luckily, my body has healed from the injuries of my 20s and 30s. My heart has healed from its own share of hits, too. Working through emotional pain with exercise has helped my heart stay strong through the tough times. At the start of this new decade, I know my body and mind are working in better harmony than ever before. Which means it’s time for the fittest and fiercest decade ever!

I wrap things up with a few quotes about aging and a thank you for listening to my birthday musings. With my family, friends and fellow fitness enthusiasts behind me, I take my first strong steps into the new year and look forward to the next 40… and all the chances to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” –Mark Twain

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” –Henry Ford

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow older. You grow older because you stop laughing.”-Maurice Chevalier

 

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About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on February 10, 2014, in Fitness, Health and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Laura,

    So let me say the obvious, undeniable thing here, that is, you look even more fabulous at 40 than the earlier photos- and considering how knockdown good looking you were back then, this is a pretty powerful compliment.

    But the less obvious thing is maybe more important. Today you are a strong, self-aware person with the confidence to share your ups and downs, to be vulnerable, to seek to live with strength in each moment.

    In other words, you are as stunning within as you are on the outside.

    Happy birthday.

    Tom

  2. Tom,

    So sorry it’s taken me until now to respond to you. I was traveling for work last week and wanted to give you the response you deserved!

    Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. While I appreciate the compliment on my physical improvements, it means more to know that sharing some of the ups and downs in my life has left a positive impact with you and other readers here.

    I feel lucky to have met some wonderful kindred spirits in this world we know as Cyberspace. You’ve always been a great source of support and I thank you.

    Here’s to the adventures ahead!

    With sincere gratitude,
    Laura

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