August 28, 2012

Fit at 50

Okay, I'm not there yet, but I am planning for it now. The way my back feels today, I'll be using a walker by 50 and not the spry, energetic sprig I hope to be.

At any rate, the latest in health news suggests that an investment in exercise by 50 may not help you  live longer than anyone else ( why the hell bother...right?) but...(and here is the zinger) by age 65 you will have decreased your chances of getting all those really gross diseases that will rob you of your retirement. From heart disease to dementia, you may skirt these debilitating chronic illnesses if you invest in your health and fitness by 50!

Have you ever watched someone slide into dementia? I have. If there is anything I can do to avoid this, anything, I will do it. Again, this solidifys my motives to put on the gym strip and get my bum on a bike. All I have to do is imagine sitting in that doctor's office listening to my life sentence at a time when I should be traveling and enjoying the financial investments of my youth. Yup. What's an hour of exercise a day to a lifetime (whatever is left of it) of pain, memory loss, and/or heart failure.

The great news here, of course, is you could be a couch potato all your life and pick up the walking habit on your 50th birthday (I'm sure if you are a few years late, it's not going to make much difference). It is never too late to start exercising. The only caveat is how you get into it....let's face it, 50 aint 20. It's very important to slowly introduce physical activity starting with, let's say..., 10 minutes a day and working your way up to 60 minutes. This may take a year, but in one year you will be walking or swimming or jogging or cycling or whatever'ing for 60 minutes a day!

Think about it. What do you have to lose (except the opportunity of a shortened life span coupled with chronic pain, brain degeneration, and if you are lucky....the demeylination of neurons).

Excuse me while I change into my workout gear.

1 comment:

  1. it's not going to create much difference). It is never too delayed to begin training. The only warning is how you get into it....let's experience it, 50 aint 20. It's very essential to gradually present actual exercise beginning with, let's say..., 10 moments a day and operating your way up to 60 moments.