Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Is Age A Barrier To Fitness?

I was talking with a bloke the other day, he is a couple of years younger than me so around 50, about me trying to get fit.  He says it's a waste of time because I am now at that age where nothing will work and of course I can't do what I used to, I am getting older.  He doesn't seem to think that I will ever be fit, that I have left it too long.  I disagreed.  We had a pleasant discussion and agreed to disagree.  He did say that he exercises a few times a week and does daily stretching but he believes that all his aches and soreness is a direct result of his age.
I think that the fitter I get then the less aches I will have.  That is what I am hoping for anyway.

I would hate to think that we couldn't improve on our health and fitness just because we are getting older.  Surely it doesn't matter what your age is, it just matters that you are doing something more than you usually do.  If you believe this bloke and stop trying what will happen to you?  I think you will continue to get unfitter with each year and eventually all you will want to do is sit and watch TV.
Mind you, if  was sitting watching TV I wouldn't have had that fall yesterday so I wouldn't be hurting as much now.  lol.

I know people who are over 70 and they are fitter than me.  Other over 70's I know will never be fit or healthy.  They aren't interested in even trying to improve anything.  I wonder at the different thinking but know which 70 year old I want to be like.  I hope my mind is strong enough to keep me moving because it is easier not to but better for me, I think, to keep persevering.

I want to encourage anyone that reads this to not give up trying.   And if it looks like I am going to then you all have permission to give me the good kick that I deserve to get me going again.

I believe that moving is good for us all, regardless of our age, and the more we do it the easier it will get so the more we will want to do...I also know that it is sometimes hard and doesn't seem worth the effort...but it is.

Sometimes we all need reminding, me more often than most.  Now I will go for that ride...


  1. Hello Barb, sorry to read about your fall. Shakes you up a bit doesn't it. Hope you're feeling back to normal real soon.

    No, definitely not ... age is not a barrier to fitness. I don't agree with that fellow's point of view about getting fit - at all.

    Sure, it's a bit harder once we age, but the main thing is to keep moving - as you so rightly point out.

    I'm over 60 and keep my level of fitness up by getting out into the garden almost daily, walking and gentle weights.
    While I found no joy in keeping a Blog about fitness, I do enjoy visiting yours and others' blogs. You're all full of good ideas and are very inspirational.

    The trick, I guess, is to find what works for each of us and, well, just keep doing it.

    Enjoy your riding Barb, and watch your step ;-)
    Cheers, Susan

  2. Yep, Like that fall I had, as long as I keep getting back up and into it I think I'll be OK. I do quit way too often but I can see some improvement and that certainly helps.