I have a 72 yr. old male client who is making tremendous progress (and can work circles around a couple of my 40-something guys) but complains about the struggles of aging at least once a week. He has always been a high energy, go-go-go type person, but the last couple years his body isn’t allowing that as much anymore.
Any suggestions on helping him with mindset and embracing the aging process?
Although this can be challenging due to your client’s current mindset, I think there are a few things you can try to help him with the aging process. First, I would make sure to highlight his achievements and successes with his training, and how exercise can make him feel. Be compassionate, but remind him that his age is just a number–a detail that we do not have control over, but one that does not have to define us. We do however, have control over the way we think and things we do every day.
Gratitude can be key in helping him to change his mindset. Encourage him to see the good in each and every day, and be grateful for what he has currently. You can even give him “homework”, and ask him to tell you 3 good things that happened on the days you meet for training (as an example). Or, have him keep a gratitude journal. Gratitude makes us appreciate everything even more and can slowly adjust a mindset (hopefully!).
Perhaps revisit his goals and support him in setting some new challenges. In addition, add some brain/mind challenges into physical training mix and see if ignites a new spark.
Hope these ideas help you, and good luck!