I was invited to a gathering a few weeks ago. It was a seventieth birthday party for a client. It wasn’t called a birthday party because she doesn’t have “birthdays” or “birthday parties” anymore. So, it was called a gathering. Kind of like the animals on the Serengeti. At the watering hole. A gathering. We all gathered. Whatever you want to call it, it was interesting.
She’s been a client for many years. I don’t have many clients over the age of seventy. The one’s I do have certainly don’t look or act like they’re seventy. As I always say, seventy is the new fifty. When you exercise, you give your body the opportunity to do the things you did at fifty when you’re seventy.
Anyway, I say the gathering was interesting because of the conversations I heard. I knew some of the people there because I’ve been her Fitness Professional, AKA, “Fit Pro” for many years. Most of the guests I had never met, so I was introduced as the Fit Pro. And of course, the questions start. “How do I lose weight?” “How do I get six pack abs?” “What’s the best diet to be on?” I politely excuse myself to use the restroom. I think I used the restroom fourteen times that night.
So, when I wasn’t getting fitness related questions, I listened in on the other conversations. One group was debating the effectiveness and side effects of high blood pressure meds. One group was comparing the cost of cholesterol meds. One group was trading the names of companies that make generic as opposed to top shelf. Another, and I didn’t spend too much time with this group, was one upping each other on how many friends they lost and how many funerals they’ve been to in the last year.
No talk of politics, (thank God), no talk of the current state of affairs, no talk of shootings, nuclear bombs, the stock market, movies, T.V., cars. Nothing. What I heard was “medications”,” cramps”, “ailments”, “evening trips to the bathroom”, “cataracts”. Is this what I have to look forward to?
Hell no! As I said in previous articles, we will get old. Nothing you can do about that. But we don’t have to get old! Exercise will keep the body young. Your muscles will stay strong. Your blood will travel easier and more efficiently throughout your body. Will you get gray? Sure. Will your skin sag a bit? Sure. Will your eyesight diminish? Sure. That’s all a part of the ageing process. But you don’t have to get old. Keep yourself moving. Walk, run, bike, play with the dog. Do some resistance training. It builds muscle which in turn will keep away Sarcopenia, Osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and all of the conversations I heard at “the gathering”. Eat right and don’t diet, it doesn’t work. Eat clean, natural, organic, unprocessed, and NO FAST FOOD! Keep sugar and processed carbs to a minimum. Eat lean protein, good fats and complex carbs. And move! Keep the body moving. It’s important for your heart, circulatory system, joints, muscles and bones. It works. I promise. My client just turned seventy and she is active and can do more than most fifty year olds. Bottom line…you’re going to get old. But you don’t have to get old.
I’ve been invited to a retirement party for a client next month. Can’t wait. I’m going to bring my “Every Medication Explained” reference book, a list of all of the drug manufacturers in the Northern Hemisphere and a list of every mortuary in Southern California.
If you have any questions or would like to chat about an exercise program, feel free to contact me.
Thanks for listening and have a healthy day!