“I’m too old for that, now.”
Maybe there are certain things that have to be felt to be understood as we age, and therefore the younger generation’s opinion can only come across so much to those whom are older than them.
However, just because our fitness level by default deteriorates as we age, doesn’t mean we should necessarily get caught up in our elder generation’s: fitness state (as it is a result of a very different life/past); their life expectancy; and especially their attitude toward whether they are pessimistic or optimistic about the future.
The truth is, we DO need to become weary of injury as we age. Though, the line between “too old for training,” and age just being used as a reason to stay within comfort zones — is very clear, actually.
Falling or having some kind of accident can result in a person not being able to keep up to their responsibilities, and therefore we have a tendency to justify staying within our comfort zone. Many people will say that they are afraid to fall, but it is only because they have not yet learned to control the risk of doing so.
If they were confident that they would be able to experiment with their movement without feeling at risk the whole time, they would actually allow themselves to eliminate that fear through the calculation (i.e. goal setting) and mitigation (i.e. training) of risk.
Because as we age, we also gain responsibility: we convince ourselves that training our bodies is somehow less important than everything else that we have to do — and that leads us to creating a narrative in which putting others first, is in fact what allows us to justify neglecting our bodies.
Now, it does not make a person “lazy” just because they have 5 kids and no time for themselves.
However, the fact is that a person would be more optimized to help, and be of value to, those 5 kids if they were continuously improving their sustainability through training their bodies and just progressing in general life performance.
This is why the debate on whether or not we are able to fit training into our schedules will always be won by those most willing to argue their cases. Nothing has to do with “how old,” “how many kids,” or “what we can afford to loose if we get hurt.” This is all about inability to afford taking those risks for self-development.
The fact is that the entire country, and human species itself, let alone our households — are far better off when have good health in the long-term.
So, once we look into the socio-economic benefits of fitness training, we rid ourselves of any moral justification that allows us to put that training on the back-burner — it comes down to the fact that health either progresses or digresses and at no time sits anywhere in between. Just because health begins to digress more rapidly at a certain age, does not mean that it has to. It only will digress should there be passiveness of the individual.
So, if we jump to conclusions regarding what we are capable of and what we think is appropriate or realistic for the demographic we sit in (i.e. single mom, senior, etc.) — then we are now consciously holding ourselves in that state of digression and it is no longer about the reasons we can’t because we wouldn’t justify trying anyway.
Training is very important to our species. Because it no longer requires optimal physical health to support a family, people live without considering their optimal health a need. This isn’t completely our fault, it’s just actual nature in effect — but it is very apparent that as long as our medical systems are bogged down by health issues which are preventable through fitness training, we will never see the actual potential of that medical system.
This translates right back to what we pay in taxes, the cost of living, and ironically it also has a lot to do with how many hours we have to work just to pay those bills.
Sure, this is big picture stuff but our fitness state really affects us and everyone around us more than we know, on a daily basis.
So, whether we are working on front flips or just being able to walk up stairs: let’s stop trying to find reasons not to train our fitness.
“Success Must Be Calculated”