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.
So as much as you may deem your age to an obstacle, if you’re reading this and a bit younger.
Feeling like you can deal with your body later down the line…trust me it will catch you out if you neglect it.
I know myself even compared to a couple of years ago. I have changed a bit.
When I played football professionally and 21, I was 78kg.
Now I am 33, a busy business owner with 5 staff and 2 kids…I am 88kg. And you know what. I’m cool with it. I feel good.
So yeah you’ll change and we will all get older but lets discuss why physical exercise is so important for your long term health.
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 didn’t enjoy being away from home, and the only thing that got me out of my own head 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