Fitness -- As You Age
My last blog was about the importance of health. Read it if you need to in order to understand the Four Quadrants of Time Management and my arguments that you already agree with me about your health. Fitness is a tougher sell to people.
I think fitness is a tougher sell because it takes effort. Honestly, your health takes more effort and dedication in more areas of life than fitness does, but caring about your fitness level means you have to subdue your body. You have to..., workout. There I said it. You may have to join a gym. Two bad words in one paragraph. Easy Terry.
Fitness is the ability to do what you want when you want to. There are exceptions like if you want to climb Mt. Everest, your CrossFit workouts will not be enough, although they will be tremendously helpful. Most don’t want to even climb Mt. Whitney. We just want to have fun. When you are young, as in 20’s and 30’s, fun is playing some sports at a picnic or in a recreational league. As you roll into your 40’s and 50’s, fun may be enjoying favored activities. In your 60’s and 70’s, fun is getting out of a sunken couch. (I am almost in my 60’s so I can kid around). Seriously folks, how is it that we can’t wait for retirement and then can’t enjoy all the activities that we looked so forward to in our 30’s, 40’s and 50’s? The answer is, we can!
As I purported about health I will assert about fitness, it becomes urgent and important when you don’t have it. When you can’t walk far enough, climb a flight of stairs, lift your hands over your head or get up from the ground without help, you are in an urgent situation. Are those things important to you? Is avoiding back pain important? Is balance important when you are on a ladder? Is core and back strength important? Is climbing 2 flights of stairs without having to rest for a couple of minutes important?
One of the problems facing the West is that getting old and compromised in movement has become the norm. Let me be the voice that cries out that it doesn’t have to be that way! You can be fit into your 80’s. Your shoulders, back, knees, hips, strength, flexibility and mobility do NOT have to go bad. Don’t let it get to urgent! It is important. Why not enjoy that last 20 years of your life doing what you want to do. Here is the kicker, don’t change your wants! That bike ride, hike, wave, or whatever that you wanted to ride, walk, run or lift, the dream doesn’t have to die. There are some simple investments that are shorter in time than you think that can propel you to excellent fitness and keep you there. Do you need some help with that? Connect with me.