I’m very much a late bloomer when it comes to fitness. Most of my life I was either chunky or thin in a “skinny fat” sort of way. I so weak that I don’t think I could have done more than one push-up in high school. And chin-ups? Totally impossible.
But in my mid-’30s I decided to take charge of my life and my body, and committed myself to getting fit and healthy. It paid off, and now at 40 I’m in the best shape of my life.
My story isn’t unique. People all across the world realize it’s never too late to get in shape. To quote top trainer Scott Sonnon, “Aging – a promise. Growing old – a choice.”
One of my favorite kettlebell coaches, Lauren Brooks Miller, recently highlighted a great example of not letting age get in the way of having the body you want in a recent post on her blog, in which she highlights the accomplishments of Robin Duncan, who in her mid-50s has a physique that would put many younger women to shame.
Lauren also addresses some of the issues people have about training as they get older:
Before working with Robin I was very enthusiastic about trying to convince my older friends and clients in their 50’s and 60’s, that training with kettlebells properly is a must! Many would say things such as, “Lauren, as you get older you just have to accept the changes. Our bodies get weak and I will never be thin like I use to be, it’s a part of the aging process. Kettlebells are for young, strong individuals like yourself.” To be honest, I was sick and tired of hearing this negativity that we had to accept weakness, sickness, weight gain, bad backs, just because of our age. Why should we accept and let our bodies deteriorate if we don’t have to? Once you make up your mind and tell yourself you are too old for this and for that, what’s the point? Truthfully that’s creating a barrier for yourself and not letting you live to your fullest potential, it’s basically giving up.
Strong words, but true.
You can read the whole post here.