By Ed Shepherd CHC, CPT
Here I am at 65 years old.
After years of back pain, high blood pressure, chronic indigestion, gaining over 45 pounds of fat, and too many injuries to count, I’m incredibly grateful to say that today I feel awesome.
I’ve never been stronger, better conditioned, and more flexible than I am now.
Many people believe that as you get older, you get stiffer. You gain more weight. You lose your vitality.
Study after study suggest there’s nothing you can do about it; you will gain fat and lose muscle as you age.It just happens. Deal with it!
There’s a BIG flaw with these studies. Just because the study participants gained fat and lost muscle as they aged, doesn’t mean aging caused the fat gain and muscle loss! In other words, these studies do not prove causality.
There are other studies you probably haven’t seen that tell a very different story.
For example, one study showed the leg of a 70 year old triathlete is indistinguishable from that of a much younger triathlete.
Yes, aging is a biological process. Our bodies change over time.
At some point, it will be more difficult to gain muscle. You will begin losing muscle mass and overall strength.
You have time. Even if you’re in your 60’s or 70’s, you’ve got time to improve.
Ultimately, you experience what you believe.
If you believe as you get older that you get stiffer, gain more weight, and lose your vitality, then these things will certainly happen to you.
I don’t believe them. I’m proof that you can be better at 65 years old than you are now as long as you don’t get hit by the proverbial bus.
Never stop believing in yourself. Never stop exercising. Never stop learning.
Age gracefully, with strength and purpose!