My goals have shifted over the years. Now, at age 56, I'm going mostly for general fitness. Yep, I've read the earlier posts. Here is my explanation.
I have some physical deformities. I'm club footed, which really didn't matter until I was 45, and then it really did starting mattering. You know the drill, a body part starts slowing down, and the others have to compensate, and mostly, they overcompensate.
Well, about 4 years ago, I landed in that category. I have major arthritus, can hardly get out of bed in the morning. Now, my joints are in real jeopardy/
My training hese days are focused on a simple goal. I couldn't care less about total weight, although I once did, but it is more focuses on being able to move my joints, being able to move, being able to do these things on a daily sasis, without hurting.
Does it hurt to do this? Oh hell yeah. But it would hurt more if I didn't push through itI/
Damn, that is motivation.