Think you’re too old to get in shape?
There are lots of older athletes that are dominating in their sports. The most recognizable ones being Brett Favre, Lance Armstrong, Randy Couture, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, Nolan Ryan, Dara Torres and many more. These people are over 40, some 50, and dominating at their respective sports. Heck, these guys aren’t playing ping pong either. Most of these people are dominating in the toughest sports that exist!
They are overcoming criticism and doubt, proving to the rest of the world that they aren’t too old to compete. People are inspired by the efforts and you hear about them everywhere, but why are they any different than you?
Sure, you might not ever play in the NFL or fight in the UFC, but you can improve. You can get better at whatever you want.
So why do most people slow down? Is it the physiological aging process? That might have something to do with it, but I don’t think that’s the core of most people’s deterioration.
The majority of people in this country are only active when they are young, playing sports as they grow up, competing in high school and maybe college. Then its off to work for most of us. We spend our days sitting behind a desk or in a car, talking about the good old days, bbq on the weekend, watching tv every night and we wonder why our back hurts and the knees are aching.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Remember the term “Use it, or lose it”?
Most people aren’t deteriorating from age, they are falling apart because of their thinking,crappy diets and their sedentary lifestyle.
Sure you might lose some fast twitch muscle fibers and have less testosterone than you did in your twenties, but it doesn’t matter. Your unhealthy lifestyle is the cause of your problems. When’s the last time you chased a goal or really trained for anything? And no, Fantasy Football doesn’t count!
I think most people just need to get back in the game and chase something. Start small and get consistent. Maybe its hiking to a point, swimming a certain amount of laps, running a 5k, gaining some strength, going for walks, etc. You can be as creative as you want, but just get moving!
Once you start moving, you will feel better and have more energy! As the momentum builds, you can always change your goals and try to achieve bigger and better things.
Remember, “inch by inch, its a cinch” Sounds cheesy, but it is so true.
There are thousands of examples of people achieving amazing things as they get older. The common denominator is that they all believed they could do it and took action, period.
So, get out there, stay active and I look forward to hearing about your adventures as an older athlete!
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