At 43 years of age, Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just won his 7th Super Bowl. The significance of this feat, aside from winning a championship in his first year with a new team, is the drive that keeps him pushing to do more despite being labeled as "past his prime." Many people in this country are younger than Tom, who feel their best years are behind them.
While others are looking for an excuse to get out doing physical activity daily, others refuse to throw in the towel. People find creative ways to keep themselves functioning at a high level well into middle age. It is easy to give up and simply blame it on "age," but there are ways that anyone can slow the hands of time when it comes to their health. You may feel like you are limited in what you can do, but with an open mindset, there is no excuse you can't be physically active.
Anyone dealing with aging aches and pains should note that inactivity is the worst thing you can do. People need to realize the only way things are going to get better is by being proactive with their own health. While it may be true that father time is undefeated in knocking even the mightiest out, we should all look up at those who take him on and remain steadfast in their desire to get the most of life.
I was diagnosed with post-traumatic arthritis at 29 and admittedly used that as an excuse to put life on hold for some time. I didn't know how to deal with hearing "life as I knew it would have to change." Instead of being motivated to buckle down and work around my knee issue, I used it as a crutch. When you hear you have the joint of a 70-year old, a funny thing occurs as you begin to behave like one.
It took me some time, but I learned first-hand age truly is just a number. Over the years, I have seen many geriatric patients make young patients look bad with their attitudes and work ethic to recover from injury. While the aging process lengthens the rehabilitation period for any condition, a patient's outlook affects the prognosis more than we realize. Having seen this in my own recovery and countless others over the years, I am convinced we are only as old as we want to be.
Being a year older than Tom Brady, I share his perspective on what the aging process really is all about. I encourage all of my clients to stay consistent in all facets that lead to healthy aging. The simple formula is proper exercise, diet, and rest. Without going into great detail about each, staying on track in all three will ensure you get to where you want to be year after year. #healthylifestyle #health #fitness #wellness #fitnessmotivation #weightlossgoals #painmanagement #workout
Yours in Health,