Keys To Keeping Fit As You Age

Man doing yoga, keeping fit as he ages

They say there’s only two things certain in life – Death and Taxes.

And I’m going to throw in another one here: AGEING.

It’s an unavoidable fact of life that we all age.

But I like to think of Age as just a number that symbolises our ‘experience’ rather than a reason to stop living life to the full.

For me, it’s all about perspective.

There’s no question that biologically as we age, our ability to perform certain things physically does begin to slide, but it doesn’t mean we should stop looking after ourselves or doing the activities we love and enjoy.

No matter where you are physically, my advice is to choose a level that you can stay consistent with.

I know too many people who no longer prioritise their body, simply because they’ve told themselves that they can’t do a certain thing anymore. That may be so, but don’t let it prevent you from doing something you can do!

Here’s the thing…

Just about ALL of us can at least get outside and walk for 30-40 minutes per day. So if that’s all you CAN do, quit making excuses and make that a daily habit.

Beyond that, if you’re willing and able, here’s a few additional pointers that might help you to reignite your physical spark and put the breaks on how old you feel:

1. Start with walking no matter what – If walking is all you can do, start there and be consistent with it. Walking is the number 1 exercise human beings are meant to do that delivers so many physical and emotional health benefits. Regardless of whatever other activities you do, make sure walking fits somewhere into your daily routine;

2. Stretch when you rise – If you have pets, you’ve probably noticed that they instinctively stretch after a period of rest and you should do the same. When you rise, take a few minutes to lightly stretch and wake up your body. Make this a daily habit and you’ll keep your muscles and joints supple, maintain flexibility, help prevent injury and give yourself the best chance of ageing well physically;

3. Choose Low Impact exercise – In my late teens and 20’s I trained heavily in martial arts and would run 5-8kms per day as part of my training. As much as I loved it, over the years it took its toll on my back and joints, and today I avoid running pretty much altogether because it doesn’t agree with me. The great thing is that there are so many awesome exercises you can do to stay in shape that won’t risk causing you injury like; yoga, pilates, swimming, cycling and low impact/lightweight circuit training. My personal favourites are hot yoga and HIIT (high-intensity interval training). Just find one that floats your boat and include it in your weekly routine;

4. Find a “Fun Fit” activity – Personally, I’m a freak for mountain sports. Year round I mountain bike, I do the odd MTB adventure race and in the US winter most years, I’ll go hiking and snowboarding with Inga and our girls. The point is if you can find an activity that you truly love, that keeps you fit at the same time, you’ve got it made.

I’d love to hear your comments and feedback in the ‘comments’ section below.

Cheers,

Zane Truscott

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zane.

Zane Truscott is the Founder & CEO at Fortune Events – the official promoter and events facilitator for Don Tolman (a.k.a. “The wholefood medicine man”), since 2006 in Australia and New Zealand. He’s a wellness facilitator, personal growth strategist, fitness enthusiast, advanced yogi, mountain biker, martial arts black belt, business owner, husband to Inga of 20 years and proud Dad to their three daughters, Arki, Milla & Georgie.

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4 Comments

  • Phil Edgar

    November 23, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Zane,
    I’d like to congratulate you and your team for putting on a great event in Surfers the other week. I really enjoyed it and learnt as well, which ain’t so bad for an old geezer like me. People went for different reasons, for me it was a re-affirmation because I haven’t eaten red meat for fifty years, never chicken or pig and forty four years without sea food. I’ve always been the Pat Malone eater, these days I’m close to being vegan, so l love what Don represents. I joined the affiliate programme, but I’m not sure if it fits well for me, maybe you could shed some light on it, because I’ve got cold feet. Reading your blog is very inspirational, you’ve really got it altogether, I could definitely learn from you but I’m also a stubborn bastard.
    Cheers , Phil.

    • ztruscott

      November 25, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      I think you’re pretty inspirational yourself, Phil, to make those choices all those years ago and stick with it! Anyone who steps out of their comfort zone to come and learn (and in your case gain an extra boost of knowledge and reinforce what you already know) is not stubborn..but a rare, special breed. Thanks for your comments and for being with us at the 3 Day Basecamp recently. Stay in touch 🙂

  • John Davenport

    November 23, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    I have found dancing ballroom, latin and new vogue for three to four hours for at least three nights a week. It is fun and healthy! This also has the advantage of exercising the brain.

    • ztruscott

      November 25, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      Great to hear, John. Keep it up!

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