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Fitness does not have a too late rule

April 6, 2016

How many people do you know who use an excuse to say it is too late for them to start some sort of exercise program?  Or just some other excuse?

Some typical “too excuses” I hear:

  • I am too old
  • I am too out of shape
  • I have too many physical problems
  • Exercise is too hard for me
  • It takes too much time, and I don’t have it

I say bull.  Why?  Because of what I have seen from the folks I have taught over the last 10 years has shown me just the opposite.

Want some examples?  Here we go:

A 93 year old man with neuropathy in both feet and was having constant falls because he could not feel his feet for balance.   He relearned to walk using the feeling in his hips, thighs and calves to compensate for the loss of foot sensitivity.  He dramatically reduced his falls.  You can see him in the photo below.

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Taken at the Chester SRC (Senior Resource Center) in Chester, NJ

Week in and week out I get women at the senior centers who want to keep active.  Most are over 75 and all work hard.  Do they have some of the “too excuses”.  You betcha!  But, they have more will to be better, or at a minimum stave off getting worse.

A woman in my class at the Chester Senior Resource Center, who is turning 87 is working hard on her balance.  She wants to be able to continue being a good grandma and walk with her grand kids.  And just keep active in general.

These women, and men all have aging issues.

  • Arthritis
  • Joint replacements
  • A few have or have had cancer and are in remission
  • Essential tremors, Parkinson’s or some other motor function malady
  • Loss of balance
  • loss of flexibility
  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of concentration
  • Basically, most could be called walking wounded

But, none of those who come to classes look at their ailments as making it too late to try to improve their condition.

And you know what, they succeed.  To the same level? Of course not.  Yet the success they do find breeds new confidence to keep at it.

All they had to do to get started was try.

 

 

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One Comment
  1. Anonymous permalink

    This is an excellent article that explains so well the difficulty we all have with getting fit. Thank you Stan. The information is so valuable and everyone reading….take Stan up on it. Getting moving is the answer to ALL our problems.

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