The New 65
It should be no surprise that I named my Fitness Over 40 website Bodies of Evidence - because, as a lawyer, I know that a case rests upon its evidence.
I am a 66-year-old body of evidence.
I have the bone density and joints of a healthy woman in her twenties, even though osteoporosis and arthritis are rampant in my family.
My blood chemistry and blood pressure are exceptional. My waking resting heart rate is 45 bpm.
I have been wearing the same size clothes since I was 21-years old, and have never gone on a 'diet.'
I participate in sports that require balance, strength, flexibility, a high level of aerobic capacity, and coordination.
Bodies of Evidence is an effort to explain why that is, based upon various forms of evidence. It is intended to open your eyes and your mind to what is possible, and inspire you to make good lifestyle choices.
Unfortunately, the average American lives like an invalid for the last ten to twenty years of their life. They spend most of their time sitting, barely able to walk or balance themselves, can't get up off of the floor if their life depended on it (and many times it does), unable to participate in ordinary activities, dependent upon others, and suffering from many illnesses falsely presumed to be a normal part of aging.
Consider these facts:
The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way.
People are living longer because of advances in technology and long-term care -- not because their bodies are in excellent condition.
The truth of the matter is that most of us will live long lives; but many people in their later years are so frail, weak, and physically depleted that they are, literally, just one fall away from death.
Obviously, none of us can outrun time; but, there is substantial science and living examples that comprise a growing body of evidence that aging doesn't have to be a downward slide. The benefits of exercise, diet, and lifestyle choices makes certain things no longer disputable. Exercise and diet directly correlate with mortality rates and overall health.
We are all aging; but, how we age is up to us. Our bodies are evidence of the lifestyle choices we have made -- good or bad.
When it comes to health and fitness, we have a tremendous degree of control over how we will live the rest of our lives. The Bodies of Evidence website is filled with information as to how you can achieve health and fitness over 40.
There is a reason our page heading depicts an eagle flying into the sunset. An eagle, unlike other birds, doesn't hide to escape the approaching storm -- doesn't give in to it. It flies directly into the storm and summons its abilities to use the wind currents to lift it high above the dark clouds.
It is possible for us to soar into our sunset years above the winds and rain that would otherwise beat us down? The overwhelming bodies of evidence tell us, "Yes!"
I found myself motivated to do some free weights by the well-stated fact that my health is a result of my choices. -- Fred
Your website has given my husband the push he needed to add exercise back to his health regimen. Due to some health challenges he has been facing, this will play a large part in keeping him healthy and around for a long time. Thank you! -- Angela
Websites such as yours truly help sustain motivation. -- Warren
WOW!!! You are such an inspiration!!!!! -- Paula
Great website and super encouraging for us seniors! -- Thomas