Wellness Wednesday: Age ain't nothin but a number
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."-Confucius
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Age is just a number. There is no doubt when you get older, it is more difficult to be fit. You may recover at a slower rate from exercise. Or have less energy to be active. But this does not mean you cannot maintain or improve how fit you are. Fitness is a habit, and if you never let it go, it can be yours for a lifetime. Here are three enlightening reasons why age is just a number.
Whether you’re in your 20s or 50s, the importance of exercise and eating right will not change. The only difference is you can get away with more when you’re younger. It’s no secret your metabolism slows down as you get older. So you are more likely to be overweight if you don’t live an active lifestyle. Some young people may be able to remain slim despite sedentary lifestyles. But this is only up to a point. If there is an enormous difference between how much you burn and eat. You will gain fat regardless of how young you are. So, to stay fit, you need to eat the right amount of calories and exercise. No matter what your age, this will never change.
Furthermore, every fitness goal requires time and dedication. For example, if you want to improve your 5k run time, you need to practice running the 5k. Or, if you’re going to build muscle, you need to go to the gym often and train harder than last time. Being young does not magically give you access to all your goals. Likewise, being older will not stop you from making progress. The body can only adapt to the demands placed upon it. Let’s not forget the importance of avoiding bad habits. It’s remarkable how smoking can make young people so unfit. The older person who has never smoked has a higher chance of being fit. Compared to the young individual who does. Not to mention moderating alcohol consumption. Frequent dehydration and hangovers can make a young person unable to exercise at all.
“Getting fit is all about mind over matter. I don’t mind, so it doesn’t matter” You Can Be Fit Throughout Your Life What comes first, feeling older because of aging or the removal of healthy habits? Generally, the older you become, the more responsibilities you will have. Most people tend to get married and have children. Or put all their efforts into making as much money as possible. Unfortunately, this puts fitness on the back burner. Before you know it, you have developed the “dad bod” and your age becomes the number one excuse for why you’re not fit. But what happens if you carry on exercising? You will maintain an adequate level of fitness and be healthy. Don’t get me wrong; you may not be as fit as in your 20s. Yet, you will still be in good shape and capable of working out at a high intensity.
So to maintain your fitness throughout your life, do not give up on your healthy habits. Not only will this allow you to stay fit, but you will have greater longevity. It may be challenging to exercise every day as you get older. But that doesn’t mean you can’t introduce rest days or be smarter with your training. As long as you keep exercising and eating right, you can be fit for a long time.
“I will not let age change me. I will change the way I age”
It Is Never Too Late To Be Fit Never forget fitness is about being the best you can be. There is no point in focusing on the things we cannot control in life. We are all going to get older and have less energy than when we are young. Still, you can focus on the things you can control. Like the lifestyle you live, the food you eat, and the physical activity you do. No matter what your age, there is always room for self-improvement. The beauty of fitness is there are so many things you can achieve. First is health; the best benefit of exercise is the positive effects on your body and mind. For example, lowering the risk of heart disease and improving mental health.
Not to mention a variety of sports and activities to try. Many athletes play different sports when they retire. On the one hand, they do their best to maintain their fitness. But it is also an opportunity to learn a new skill. It could be something you never had the chance to do in your younger years. If you have been unfit for most of your life, it is never too late to change. Becoming fit in your older years can give you the happiness and vitality you may have missed out on. Likewise, if you had a high level of fitness throughout your life, do not stop exercising when you get older. Or you will experience the consequences.
“Every day is another chance to live healthier and be the best version of you”
The reality is that age is just a number. The only thing which matters is the habits in your life. Being young does make it easier to be fit. But if you do not live a healthy lifestyle, this will not help you. Likewise, being older can make things more difficult. Yet, you can maintain an excellent fitness level if you treat your body in the right way. Fitness is a way of life; it does not discriminate with age.
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