How many times have you heard someone say “I’m too old for that”, when talking about physical fitness. Ten years ago, I found myself telling others that “I was too old for that”. Like many, I was in my 40’s, had a plethora of aches and pains, and was convinced that age had caught up with me. Climbing the stairs gets to be too much work. Housework is almost impossible to do. You feel bad so much, you get used to it. It was time to face the fact that you are old, and you just need to accept that fact, and sit down and finish wasting away. It is an inevitable part of aging, just deal with it.
In my case, a random event would change the way I thought about aging. A few years ago, a Planet Fitness was opening up near my home. After a tour, and the $10.00 a month price tag, I decided to join. This was to just try to get back enough aerobic and strength to be able to play a couple of games as a substitute in softball a couple of summers ago. At least I had a goal, as small as it would seem. This seemingly small event started me on a journey that astounds me every day. I now have more physical strength than I can remember ever having. My aerobic fitness is much better than I can remember having in at least 30 years.
I am writing this column because I know that older adults can improve their fitness, and consequently feel and function better. I know your life can be so much better mentally and quality of life wise. I know there are many excuses going through your head right now. “I am to overweight”. “I have never been physically fit”. “I have medical issues”. I have heard all of these excuses and more. The fact is that almost everyone can benefit in a big way by being more physically fit. I will be writing an “arc” of columns that will deal with older adult fitness. There will be many varied topics on fitness.
I will make you work with me on these columns. I know that interactive columns not only keep you interested, but you also learn by doing hands on. I will use comments, and discussions to customize my columns, as well as links to timely knowledge and useful facts. You can actually guide the discussion to what interests you. I have much experience in the field, but my research skills are also excellent, and I can find answers for most any questions. I also want to encourage email use. If you have a question and are screen shy, or just want a direct answer, please feel free to email me. I sincerely hope this gives you the even a part of the life changing experience that I have had.