Problems of Old Age and Fitness
“Do you think you can cure old age with fitness?”
This was a question put to me not too long ago and this one sentence is just an excerpt of a conversation I had with a particular individual who was telling me about his most recent visit to the doctor.
He shared with me the list of improprieties he had been charged with.
“I would rather die happy than on a treadmill” he nearly shouted at me. Which was rather funny considering that almost did happen to me at one point. Read all about my embarrassing moment here.
He was shouting because he was upset with learning he hadn’t escaped the common old age diseases like high blood pressure (which I was sure he was close to the bubble), his mid-life midriff was responsible for early signs of diabetes and his doctor was predicting a future of heart disease and just to make it all the more palatable the poor guy had also been informed his prostate was showing signs of enlarging.
“Bad enough I got arthritis starting” He took a moment and then glared at me,
“People like you are just lucky.”
At this point I expected he would turn heal and march off.
He didn’t, he just kept glaring at me. My fault he had chosen a life of slothing and strawberry shortcake.
My response to him was the same response I gave to my drill sergeant the day I showed up to my post 5 minutes late in an unpressed uniform and disheveled.
My sergeant had looked me and yelled so loud it parted my hair “looks like someone got lucky last night!”
Whereby I replied “It ain’t luck!”
I believe I first heard it from a gentleman by the name of Earl Nightingale who said that “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”
Fitness and Healthy Living
This year I turned 50. I have all the usual stuff that comes with it, plus sore joints.
I have lived a relatively unhealthy life that includes smoking for well over twenty years and all those choices will and did catch up with me (yes, my mother did warn me).
Like it or not we are turning into old people and fitness for old people isn’t as readily available or even as media friendly as other topics like – fast fix weight loss.
As we advance into the future our bone density reduces, our muscles become smaller and less able to build strength. Things hurt more and longer. Our metabolism slows, we process oxygen less efficiently, and on and on.
Old Age Problems and Solutions
So why would you even bother to change your way of living now, after you have already caused such destruction and knowing you will never be able to fully reverse the effects of years of abuse and old age?
First – Because you can.
Second – Because you will see gains, and great gains at that.
By beginning even a modest regime of healthy diet and exercise, even at an advanced age, you will experience increased strength, reduced bone loss and in some cases improved bone density.
A healthy diet will give you energy, better digestive habits, and can potentially reverse heart problems, diabeties, lower blood pressure, and happier cholesterol numbers.
You got it all going on when you take measures to ensure healthy aging.
It is the Human Growth Hormone that helps to maintain and develop our muscles, strength and stamina. Once we get into our 50′s this hormone isn’t being produced like it once was but exercise helps to produce HGH.
Other important reasons to begin exercising is for balance and strength. Carrying groceries and just squatting on the toilet will be just that much easier.
You shouldn’t give up, just look old age right in the eye and begin your new life filled with fitness and healthy living.
Remember the only cure for old age is – death.