Do You Think Older People Can Get Fit?
I saw a “Special” on the Sunday morning news awhile back on older people getting in shape.
That’s great, I thought. I think all people should be encouraged to exercise.
But then they had a specialist “Geriatric Doctor” on. She said that while a few “exceptions” may be able to maintain high levels of fitness when they’re older, the majority of people shouldn’t hope for those results.
I have issues with this kind of thinking…
- As soon as you say “I can’t”, you’re right… At that point you’re done.
- Why is it the exception? Perhaps our older generation wasn’t taught to stay healthy when they were younger. This might place them at a lower starting point but it hardly means they can’t get in great shape.
- Any one of any age can improve their fitness levels. If you shoot for the stars and hit the sun you’ll still be in great shape. But if you listen to doctors—like the one who was on—and only shoot for the roof top, you might hit it. But it’s a long way from the sun…
What’s Wrong With Being the Exception When Health is The Issue?
The best way to be in great shape when you are older, is to get in great shape now and either maintain it or always strive to improve it!
But if you’re older now, you can still start. You can still improve your fitness and your quality of life. Sure, be smart about it. If you’ve never exercised, consult your physician and start slowly and cautiously. Then build over time.
There’s a Difference Between Being Smart About Fitness and Having Low Expectations.
What are you going to do?
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