You may be thinking to yourself, I have never been an athlete, and just because these people can do amazing things doesn't mean that I can. I'm just an average person who won't be climbing Everest when I'm 70.
Don't miss the point. These bodies of evidence are meant to reshape your thinking of what is possible and why it is possible.
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 declines typically attributed to aging are being contradicted by research, and proof that certain lifestyle choices influence the odds of experiencing the benefits of all the components of fitness no matter what your age.
Dr. Pamela Peeke, foundation board member of the Senior Olympics, notes that the majority of athletes who compete in the games didn't begin training seriously until late in life and have a calculable lower fitness age than chronological age.
The take-away messages of these bodies of evidence? It's never too soon or too late; and disability does not mean no ability. Don't underestimate the significant degree of control you have over your life and your future state of health and fitness.
I encourage you to make lifestyle choices that will enable you to soar into your sunset years like an eagle!
Looking for motivation?
"To age is to begin asking the cells to do nothing." -- John Jerome
To achieve lasting fitness, we have to change our minds -- before we can change our bodies. In No Sweat, Michelle Segar, PhD, shows us how. Translating twenty years of research on exercise and motivation into a simple four-point program, she helps readers broaden their definition of exercise, find pleasure in physical activity, and discover realistic ways to fit it into their lives.