What does it mean to you when you see the words “Age Strong”?
Some of you will think physically strong, others might think emotionally strong, some may even picture getting “a backbone” or standing up for yourself. I think of all of that, and the older I get the more I strive to age strong in every way!
Studies show that when we are physically strong, it drives strength in us in other ways. I know that feeling like I can move furniture on my own, or get a heavy package into the house, or even run through the parking lot on a rainy day instead of getting soaked, gives me a feeling of independence and confidence that pours into my emotional strength. Being dependent on others for some things may be ok with me….but not for all things!
The average 55-year-old cannot mountain bike for hours or do pull-ups and push-ups or run 5 miles, but I do know some exceptional ones that can. These exceptional people inspire me every day to keep shooting for above average.
Aging can be scary, things change that we have very little control over, like wrinkles, aging joints, graying hair…. (some of these we can cover up temporarily) but what we can control, is whether we let ourselves weaken to the point of immobility or if we spend a little time every day doing things that help us stay strong, mobile and independent!
Never too Soon…Never Too Late to Get Strong!
It is never too soon to be thinking about aging strong! I wish I had thought about that when I was in my late teens and early 20’s. I was in the beauty industry which had very little to do with health. I abused my body then, but it didn’t show up until later. Luckily, I came to my senses and started taking care of myself again in my mid 20’s. I stopped smoking and started running, I also really focused on healthy eating and total wellness.
It’s never too late, and it really doesn’t take as much as some may think to get into shape for the first time, or back into shape after time away.
Try something new or maybe go back to something you used to enjoy, but I really encourage you to work on strengthening muscles in conjunction with cardiovascular endurance training. It seems that most of my clients can fit in walking, bike riding, or maybe even swimming, but tend to need me to help motivate them to strength train. That is great for my business, however, not everyone can afford a personal trainer!
In my coming blogs, I hope to help inspire you to age strong, with information about training, nutrition, wellness, mindfulness, and more!
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