Old age has a nasty habit of sneaking up on some people when they least expect it. This can happen in your twenties and thirties when you suddenly realize that you can no longer tackle physical activities that you used to be able to do confidently and competently in your teens or early twenties. This can be pretty depressing especially if you can’t figure out a way to reverse the situation.
Conversely, you can arrive in your sixties or seventies and still consider yourself a fit-ish teenager albeit somewhat slower and more careful. This is a delightful state to be in, as you find yourself able to cope happily with most challenges in life, and you find yourself looking forward to each new day and new week with relish. You really do feel as though old age has bypassed you or at the minimum has only had a small slowing down effect.
The truth is that finding yourself still a teenager when you’re in your sixties and seventies does not happen by accident, and it is very difficult to get into this desirable state if you have allowed yourself to become an old person in your twenties or thirties. It is obviously far better to avoid the early onset of old age, and you do this by the simple technique of getting fit, staying fit, hanging around with fit and healthy people, eating and drinking in a healthy manner, and avoiding obviously unhealthy activities and behaviors.
Motivation to change is generally the biggest roadblock for anyone wanting to change their lifestyle and get fit and stay fit, and I have found the best motivation is to join a club or a group of people and regularly train with these people. Healthy friendships become inevitable, and you will end up with good friends who look out for you and help and motivate you to keep training and getting fitter. The key to all this is to develop the mindset through habit that you are a fit and healthy person, and that healthy people hang around with and train with other fit and healthy people. This is the easiest way to develop a life-long fit and healthy habit.
A nice benefit of having similarly fit and healthy friends is that you can all be teenagers together in your sixties and seventies, and not feel it all embarrassed by being “different”!
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