Do Enough Push Ups, Eat Enough Fiber and Delay Aging – Oh Really?
Some folks think if they do enough push ups or eat enough fiber, they will delay aging indefinitely. Exercising with that focus is a way of not dealing with the inevitable – aging is a natural process – whether we women like it or not. Eventually, physical aging will catch up and that reality will be harder to deal with emotionally than for those who exercise for fun, health and vibrancy.
So I’m focusing here on why one exercises. I do it because I am very kinesthetic, so not moving in some fashion is crazy making for me. I especially love the feeling I get in my body when I am done. (I suppose everyone likes that part!)
If you are living for health, making lifestyle choices take on a whole new meaning – choices that pay off in the long run. The small choices you make every day will be obvious in the quality of your aging. What you eat, when you move and how much water you drink all adds up!
As each year has gone by, I’ve noticed changes in my physical that I am not pleased with. Most of them because I’ve stopped or reduced certain activities – weight bearing in upper body, less yoga, less running. That has affected my physical health and I do have much control over that.
Still, I run circles around friends my age and even my younger friends. I sleep like a baby most nights, hike 5-10 miles each week at over 10,000’ altitude, run and do yoga occasionally, eat 95% organic, take good quality supplements, don’t get the flu (or the shot), etc. It’s all about a lifestyle for health rather than the prevention of aging.
Is your lifestyle to prevent aging, prevent cancer, prevent cognitive decline? Do you eat, read or study everything on the web to prevent something or is it to stay healthy, vibrant, and active?
Do you see the distinction in the language? Are you moving away from aging and disease or moving towards aging and life? Something to think about.
“You can no more be anti-aging than anti-living. If we can recognize growing older as an inevitable part of the human condition, then the great challenge of ageing turns out to be none other than the challenge of living.” Anne Karpf in How to Age
Living and aging cannot be separated.
Aging is not a disease.
Aging cannot be “cured”.
Aging means living.
(Just in case you are unable to read the text on the image – sorry about that – it says “Alright! Our next move is the one-armed side plank push up with your legs in the air! Let’s go!” It says it all – going to the extreme this lady is!