The Golden Years
I’ve always believed that you’re as old as you feel. But as I approach my 52nd birthday I have a few thoughts on maturing.
1. Sometimes I don’t believe I’m 50. My mom and dad — who weren’t the best role models for health — both passed away early from preventable diseases. I am grateful to have made it this far. Recently I read that if you live to be 50 you’ve made it longer than 99.9% of all humans who have ever walked the earth, and had a better life. I feel fortunate to have made it this far.
2. Age is definitely a factor in training, but it’s only one, and it’s not controllable. However, the others that you can control — like nutrition, sleep and dealing with stressors — can extend and enrich your life.
3. I’m certainly aware of my age but I don’t spend much time thinking about it.
4. If I need some motivation I’ll work out with the younger guys. If I’m feeling discouraged by my progress I’ll compare myself to guys my own age.
5. Lower levels of testosterone aren’t such a bad thing. I don’t put on muscle as fast as I used to, nor do I drop body fat as quick either. But it’s nice not to be so fiercely competitive, unless of course, my little brother is nearby.
6. Being fit when you’re older is especially gratifying. I’ve never put much thought into it, but it sure feels awesome to be in great shape at any age, but especially in the golden years. Did I say “golden years”? Ugh.
Thanks for reading.