So, the photo doesn’t have much to do with fitness, unless you count that I took it with an old school camera, and at Bug’s baseball game, where at least one of us was being active last sprint. Yesterday I saw a post of a 91 year old woman doing work on a set of parallel bars. I love these kind of stories because they defy the typical idea of aging.
Granted there are somethings we cannot predict or prevent. Some are inherited and others are accidental. But on the whole the idea of what it looks like to be 90, or 60, or 40, is rapidly changing.
We know now that the smallest amounts of regular activity and attention to how we fuel our bodies, and rest physically and mentally, nets huge long term rewards. When I first started to take my physical health more seriously I was largely overweight, with stroke level high blood pressure and horrible sleeping habits, as in i seldom got more than 4 hours at a time.
And that wasn’t the reason I started to make changes. I began making changes because I was intensely interested in brain health, and everything I read on the subject pointed to the absolutely necessity of three things, exercise, food, and rest.
I am several years past that now, having then been in my early 40’s, and I continue to study how best to serve my self, my family and my personal training clients. There is no cookie cutter approach, no one size fits all, no magic cure. But what I can say beyond all doubt is this, improvement is within reach of anyone who is willing to set a small reachable go and work for it.
I started with olive oil, and not going to fast food when I was in a hurry, and I built on that.
There is no such thing as it being to late to start, you can start right now, from where you are and move forward!
I don’t know if I will be capable at 91 of doing gymnastics, ( I can’t do the now, so maybe not) but I plan to be active and useful, and enjoying life to the fullest at what ever age I am now and what ever age I reach, and I hope to see you there, happy healthy and whole.
And I have science to back this but I ran out of time, so will make anther post soon.