As we age, it's common to blame our physical limitations and aches and pains on our advancing years. We may say things like "I'm too old for that" or "I can't do that anymore, I'm too old." However, the truth is that many of the physical limitations we associate with aging are due to a lack of physical activity and poor fitness levels.
In other words, you're not old, you're out of shape.
Regular exercise can help slow down or even reverse this process. Exercise can also improve our cardiovascular health, strengthen our muscles, decrease inflammation, improve our balance, and reduce our risk of falls and other accidents.
But exercise isn't just good for our physical health – it's also important for our mental and emotional well-being. Regular exercise can improve our mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and even improve our cognitive function.
So if you're feeling like you're "too old" for certain activities or hobbies, or if you're experiencing physical limitations that you think are due to your age, it's time to reframe your thinking. Instead of blaming your age, consider the role that your fitness level and physical activity play in your overall health.
And if you're not currently active, it's never too late to start. Start with small, achievable goals and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts. Consider working with a personal trainer or physical therapist to develop a safe and effective exercise program that's tailored to your needs and abilities.
Remember, age is just a number – it's never too late to improve your health and fitness level. So instead of resigning yourself to a sedentary lifestyle, make a commitment to yourself to prioritize your physical activity and fitness. Your body (and mind) will thank you for it. P.S. if you would like to explore this topic further, check out our previous podcast on the subject where we link to specific studies here.