Decrepitude from aging is reversible.
Maybe not completely but even an aging body is a remarkable instrument when you work it.
As I reported earlier, I have now embraced exercise as a part of my daily routine. I see my personal trainer twice a week but now I commit myself to daily exercise as well. The benefits of exercise are impossible to ignore. My goal is to become an expert on my fitness. Instead of waiting for directions, as a next step I need to master my training program. It’s an evolution and I’m not ready to take over just yet but the past six months have taken me from physical decrepitude to being moderately fit.
Looking in the mirror.
These days I’m aware that I have muscles. While I’m no Adonis, my chest is firm and not flabby. There are muscles in my arms and legs that I never noticed before. I can even feel my abs behind the spare tire that protects them from collision damage. I stand more erect and move better (that is not my observation. It’s what I hear from others.) but that’s not all.
The muscle tone is only part of the improvement. I can now get up from chairs without so much struggle. I’s not like when I was thirty but I can now do it and it keeps getting easier. My trainer calls it core strength and it comes from simple exercises that don’t need a gym and fancy equipment. I can do them anywhere- no membership needed.
And there’s more!
Now let’s talk about the other aging issue- pain. For some time now, my knees have almost constant pain. I don’t know what causes it. I don’t take medication for it. I only mention it in passing to me doctor because I consider it to be one of those things I have to accept. I am surprised to report that my knee pain is less these days. It’s not gone. But now, sometimes I forget that it’s there. I suspect that it is related to having stronger leg muscles but I don’t know and I don’t really care. It is just one more reason to continue the daily exercise program.
All in all, I’m surprised at how much better I feel these days. Those improvements in my physical abilities inspire me to commit the time each day to exercise. Casual, once in a while, when I feel like it exercise was doing nothing to stop my deterioration. Putting my physical condition in the hands of a professional and then committing myself to put in the time changed all that.
Is body strength important to you?
So my question for you is how important is loss of physical strength and ability as you age? To me it was the central issue because when my body fails, I will have a settle for, sedentary lifestyle. I want to be active. I am beginning to get the fitness issue under control so it doesn’t limit my lifestyle options and that inspires me in other areas. Maybe for you, it’s not such a big deal. What I have learned is that the days when I could do anything I want without committing myself full out to make it happen are over. From now on out, I am full on committed to keeping my body strong and have the active lifestyle that I want .