Let me address the age obstacle
‘I’m too old’
‘Gyms are for young people’
Could not be further from the truth
Yeah, your age is what it is. But it all comes down to your perception and outlook with.
Just like injuries, knocks and niggles…the glass half full approach will always serve you well.
It’s all about your attitude to fitness, diet and lifestyle the older you get.
In fact, you probably value it way more the older you do get. You can’t take your fitness or body shape for granted any more.
I know myself even compared to a couple of years ago. I have changed a bit.
I don’t post or bother with social media nearly as much. I used to be relentless, now I kinda know people can’t be bothered hearing my s*** daily.
(not saying I won’t go back to that)
I haven’t had a drop of alcohol since Nov 2019. Not that I won’t again or judge those that do. I just can’t be assed with a hangover and a 3&6 year old to deal with next day. Haha.
Sometimes you just know what makes you tick and you only learnt that in time.
(Should you not be at an age that this applies, this is good to know anyway. You can pass on the good word to loved ones.)
You are NOT too old to be fit.
But first, let’s discuss why this is so important.
As we age, we’re going to experience physical entropy: some stuff is gonna break down. But by staying active, we keep on top of this.
We all know exercising reduces the risk of most diseases. But it’s also important for improving brain function. Well designed fitness programs will help maintain single leg stability and power, both of which make it much less likely to slip or fall.
But what if you haven’t been able to get into a fitness routine? Does there come a point where it’s “too late?”
Listen, the sooner you can get on the exercise train the better. But research is stacking up that even older sedentary people can see dramatic changes in their health and longevity by getting into a smart exercise routine.
So no, you are not too old to be fit.
However, as we age, our recovery isn’t quite as fast as it was. Furthermore, if we’re picking up a new fitness routine after not being active in a long time — or ever — it’s all the more important to ease in and not go too hard outside the gate.
As an aside, this is why we STRONGLY prefer previously-sedentary new members at DME to ease in with more strength based training in the first month and build up gradually.
This is because we can customize the experience more, reduce the total volume as needed, choose the best possible exercise for the individual, keep an extra close eye on technique, etc.
A final thought: one of the amazing things about exercise is how little is required to see benefits. Going for a brisk walk every day won’t turn you into an Olympian; but it WILL facilitate all kinds of positive benefits.
I was having a bad week at points last week, and the only thing that got me out of my own ‘funk’ was exercise. Not sitting on my phone. Not over-analysing.
So if you’re not ready to dive into formal exercise, that’s totally ok. But if you’re currently not doing anything at all, simply adding in 20-30 minutes of walking will be a great addition to your life.
And if and when you’re looking to up the ante and get even better results?
Try it out
Get started, that’s honestly the hardest bit.
Thanks for reading