Updated: Nov 13, 2019
Let me be the first to say that staying fit can be tricky business. Because let me tell you, keeping ourselves healthy and maintaining things like muscle mass, good cardio, flexibility and strength is a commitment and it takes WORK. A lot ofwork. Especially as we age. And I say this as someone who’s flirting with fifty and seeing funky stuff happen to her body every day, like vision starting to blur and bones starting to creak and smooth skin starting to pucker.
But you know what? In spite of all that, I still show up to grind out a workout every single day, even on the days when I want to be anywhere else. And I do it because I know what the alternative is if I blow it off. I know that if I don’t make fitness a priority in my life and I let other things get in the way, I’m gonna be screwed on the backside. I know that along with getting saggy and flabby and weak, if I don’t protect myself the best I can, my body’s going to be way more susceptible to breaking down, growing frail, and getting injured. Doing things like lifting weights, flipping tires, or doing high intensity workouts may not seem like the most sensible thing to do if you’re trying to be mindful of not getting injured, but if you’re smart about what you’re doing and how you’re doing it, you could get hurt worse by tripping down the stairs.
See, while I know that aging involves a natural and gradual slowdown of things like metabolism and muscle growth, we still reserve the right to fight it as long as we possibly can. And we should. Because as far as I can tell, that commitment to staying fit and strong and agile is the closest thing out there to the Fountain of Youth. Because objects in motion stay in motion, right?