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 65-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 resting heart rate is 45 bpm.
I have been wearing the same size clothes since I was 21-years old, and I have never gone on a 'diet.'
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.
What sets this website apart from other health and fitness websites are the living 'bodies of evidence' -- profiles of people who are proof that certain lifestyle choices and attitudes are directly correlated to quality of life. It is about the ability to live according to how you feel, and not according to a number.
Do you feel older than you are? Have you noticed how many people are older than their chronological age? We see those people around us every day. Guess what? It's a choice!
Whether your goal is fitness over 40, fitness over 50, 60, or 70, you can stop the decline, turn it around, and reap the benefits of all the components of physical fitness no matter what your age.
People are living longer because of advances in technology and long-term care -- not because their bodies are in excellent condition.
Unfortunately, the average American spends his or her last ten to twenty years like an invalid -- unable to participate in normal activities, dependent, and suffering from illnesses often presumed to be a normal part of aging.
We are all aging; but, how we age is up to us.
Over forty years ago, I decided that it wasn't about how many years I could stay alive, but how many quality years I lived.
Did you know that the notion of having to “slow down” because you have reached a certain age is a myth? This website destroys that myth.
Consider these facts.
The amount of proof as to the benefits of exercise makes certain things no longer disputable; and the degree of exercise intensity and diet directly correlates with mortality rates and overall health.
This website emerges out of a personal shift from decades as a health and fitness enthusiast to advocate. I am passionate about this subject, and I hope these pages will inspire you as I give you the tools to reclaim control over your life and experience fitness over 40 and beyond.
Some of what is shared on this site is anecdotal. For myself, it is the result of 45 years of inquiry, observation, and practice. I learned first-hand that lifestyle choices either benefit us or take a toll.
Are you avoiding exercise because you think you don't have the time? Within this website you can learn how to increase the efficiency of your workouts for better results in less time.
You will discover how exercise and diet affect your brain and play an enormous role in your physical, emotional, and mental health. Our brains change, for better or for worse, and we have a degree of control over the direction it takes.
I give weight training advice for beginners, for those who haven't exercised for a while, and tips for women on how to achieve their ideal body proportions.
I share things to consider, as a wise consumer, if you are contemplating hiring a personal fitness trainer; and I tell you from personal experience what to expect from that trainer.
You can no longer blame genetics for the extra pounds you tote around, and I explain why that is.
Learn ways to manage stress before it kills you.
Do you have a desire to get forever fit and to chisel a rock solid body, but just can't find the motivation to do so? Check out our exercise motivation tips and pick up some inspiration along the way.
If you are one of the thousands of people having sleep issues, read about the many ways to help you sleep.
Bottom line? I have been there. I have done it. And there are thousands of us pioneers who reinvented the lines of what is possible long before the science began to show us why it is.
We are bodies of evidence that total health and fitness over 40 is simply a matter of choice!
Is it possible to achieve total health and fitness beyond age 65? The growing bodies of evidence overwhelmingly tell us that the answer is a definite "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