‘Old’ can be defined as ‘twenty years older than the person talking about it’. In your teens, 40 years old is unthinkable. In your thirties, 50 sounds really past-it. But speak to any 70-year-old and they will have a completely different opinion!
But in some situations, people decide that they are already too old. A recent American survey asked about barriers to exercise. The researchers were somewhat surprised to find that two-fifths of respondents had defined an age where they were too old to work out regularly. And that age was a mere 41!
Of course not. In fact, exercise becomes even more important from your mid-thirties on. That’s because the natural ageing process means that we start to lose muscle mass from that point. Muscles keep us moving and support our bones. Keeping both bone and muscle strong are big factors in not just a long life, but a healthy one.
Digging a little deeper, the actual reason for not exercising as the big 4-0 hits wasn’t age. It was lack of time. For most people, the thirties and forties are the peak kid and job decades. That means being really busy and pulled in lots of different directions. It probably also means financial strain and overall exhaustion.
Later in life people can be put off by gym images featuring lots of twenty-somethings. Real life isn’t like that, so don’t fall for ‘gymtimidation’ !
Forget school sports. There are so many ways to get exercise and any type of movement counts. Swimming, fitness classes of all kinds, running, cycling, dancing – there really is something for everyone and any fitness level. And with one or more Hussle passes, getting fit need not cost an arm and a leg.
It is never too late to get fitter and healthier. Commit to exercise, it will pay off whatever your age.
now we are all so restricted, please try and get your older relatives and friends to keep up what movement they can. There are home workouts if they can't leave the house. It matters!
I always feel very inspired by these 70 and 80 year olds who are lifting weights and running marathons. Keep it up - you are keeping the younger generation healthy without realising!
I find time a real issue since I've had children. But I still do my exercise. I feel it ultimately saves me time because I have much more energy for other things if I'm fit so I'm more productive in my life.
I think it's really down to your character and how much you enjoy exercising anyway. If you're really not into it when you're young, I don't think you'll ever be into it when you're old!
I would say whatever your age make sure you get the right kit. Anyone who wears leggings, t-shirt and trainers is going to want to move, whatveer their age!
Being busy in your 40s is something I can really identify with. There is little enough time to get all the essentials done, and it's near-by impossible to carve out time for 'extras' like exercising.
not wrong - 35 seemed so old when I was twenty! Now I'm beyond it and still making the fitness effort, and intend to do so until I am double that age and more. Here's hoping!