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.
Don't miss the point. Bodies of Evidence is intended to reshape your thinking of what is possible and why it is possible.
The declines typically attributed to aging are being contradicted by research proving that certain lifestyle choices increase the odds of experiencing the benefits of greater health and fitness no matter what your age.
More than ever, we are aware of people who are living bodies of evidence that lifestyle choices and attitudes are directly correlated to quality of life. It's about the ability to live according to how you feel, and not according to a number.
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.
What is the take-away messages of these bodies of evidence? It's never too soon or too late; disability does not mean no ability; and injury does not have to be the end of your journey.
Don't underestimate the significant degree of control you have over your quality of 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 that doesn't hide to escape the approaching storm -- doesn't give in to it and let the winds and rain beat it down. The eagle flies directly into the storm, commits to its goal by locking its wings, and uses the wind currents to lift it high above the dark clouds.
Set your wings!
Are you, or do you know, a 'body of evidence?' We would love to hear from you and share your story. This is our invitation for all of you to BE Bodies of Evidence!
Looking for motivation?
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 20 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.