“It’s just a natural part of aging”, one of my clients said to me yesterday. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard someone say that, but after a conversation with another client it got me wondering how many people actually believe it!
Aging is complex and there are many factors that determine how you age, including your genetics. The reality is that you really do have control, for the most part, over your quality of life and aging process. The problem is that aging starts earlier than you think.
Around age 30 we start to naturally lose muscle and bone mass. At around this time most of us are busy with kids and our careers and we just don’t have the time (or so we think) to look after ourselves well. We ignore that ache in our knee or our back and keep pushing through because one of the kids has hockey and the other is on her way to dance and we have to feed them, get them organized, drive them and do a multitude of other things once we are back home. We are too busy to listen to the messages our bodies are sending us.
Between the ages of 40-50, when our kids have left home or they are older, we slow down a little and all of a sudden things change. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve heard “I turned 40 and my body just started falling apart!” The truth is that it was falling apart long before now but you didn’t take the time to listen.
Your body talks to you! That gut ache after a big meal is a message. The persistent pain in your low back is a warning sign. That pain in your knee when you run is a whisper of things to come. Sometimes we’ll stretch when things get really bad. Maybe search out some help. When we start to feel better we quit doing those things that made us feel great and go back to where we were before. The knee or back pain, gut aches, and a whole other range of symptoms show up and we’re back at square one.
One of my current clients ended up in the hospital a few years back. She admits she wasn’t taking care of herself, at age 40 she was feeling old and that her health issues could have easily been avoided. The greatest lesson for her was listening to the elderly on her ward. Hip replacements, difficulties walking, a life full of doctors appointments and pills. She came out with a completely new outlook on life. She became determined to change her aging outcome and she’s well on the path to doing exactly that. She has plans for retirement and they don’t include sitting in doctors offices or waiting for surgeries while her life passes her by.
So what is the solution? If you’re in your 30’s or 40’s start making changes now. Don’t wait for the perfect time because it will never be here. There will always be a reason not to begin. The first step is simply to start. If you’re in your 50’s, 60’s or 70’s it’s not too late to improve your health.
Do you feel overwhelmed and unsure how to make nutrition and fitness changes? That’s what we do!
Our specialty is adults over the age of 50. Most of our clients come to us in pain and scared of exercise. Most of our clients hate the thought of the gym. Our clients love that we meet them where they are with their own unique health issues and goals and help them progress to stronger, healthier and pain free. Most of our clients thought they needed to be in shape to begin and now they know that they just needed to start!