Age: It’s a Reason, Not an Excuse

Tim Walton

A funny thing happened to me on the way to growing older:  I never grew up.  By that I mean that I’ve never felt old, tired, or physically limited due to age.  Besides doing various physical jobs over the years, I’ve always worked out no matter what limitations or constraints I faced.  I viewed any obstacles as challenges, not excuses. 

There’s always people who I call “Dragons” who try to DRAG you ON down to their level where excuses such as getting older is the language spoken.  Aging is their excuse of choice because they can tie most everything to it.  “Just wait till you hit 30,  THEN your metabolism will slow down!” Nope.  And not at 40 or 45 either.  I’ll be kicking 50 in the teeth next year and my metabolism is still a blast furnace.  Strength and Endurance? Not far off my peak at all. 

What got me thinking of this was seeing two friends of mine at a funeral who I hadn’t seen in a long time.  They were both such physical wreaks, that I didn’t even recognize them.  They basically gave up after hitting 35.  One guy is barely 40 and is obese, had both knees replaced, high cholesterol and  blood pressure with a laundry list of other ailments and medications he is on.  He literally looked like he was nearing 70 in poor health.  The other guy wasn’t much better.  Now contrast them with another guy I know who is older than me but has the same mindset that age is just a number and not a limitation.  He eats clean, doesn’t do drugs or drink and hits the weights on a consistent basis.  He routinely outworks younger guys at his gym and is a physical animal.

When I hear someone, especially younger than me, say when they come up short in a physical endeavor or have health problems, “it sucks getting old!”, I think 90% of the time that it’s actually “Lazyitus”, not age.  “No time to train” is the main ingredient of Lazyitus.  Funny how most people with no time to train can not only tell you the TV programming lineups for most nights, but can also recite what transpired for about 3 hours worth of shows per night.  They should try eliminating some of the mental garbage that poses as entertainment and spend that time on their health. 

I just read an interesting blurb sourced from “The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research” where they studied bicep growth of two groups of males:  18 and 39 year olds.  During a 12 week training period, BOTH groups added muscle at the same rate.  That rate continues after age 40 and levels off around age 50.  Even though muscle starts to deteriorate at around age 65, you can maintain most of it if you keep training. 

Ignore the Dragons, eat and live clean, supplement wisely, train on a consistent basis and you certainly won’t be looking or feeling as old as those who are comfortable in their ruts of excuses.

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