I did not discover the gym until I was 39 years old. After 3 or 4 months of struggle, I learned to love working out. Maybe not as much the workouts as the fact that I was beginning to have more energy and that I was getting stronger and feeling better about myself. Needless to say, thirty-five years later, I realize it was the best investment I have ever made. Not only has this lifestyle prevented some of the chronic diseases that occur as people age, it has helped me to recover completely and quickly from breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and a total shoulder replacement. The pictures above were taken at 47 and 74, so you can see that no matter how hard we work, we will never look the same as we did in our 30's and 40's, but we can still do the things we did at that age. Getting older is inevitable; Aging is optional.
For the past 17 years I have been a personal trainer. I am certified by ISSA in personal training, sports performance nutrition, and fitness for older adults. I have enjoyed training people with different goals, from bodybuilding competitions, to power lifting, weight loss and general fitness, etc. However, I think my greatest pleasure has been in training older adults and seeing their joy when they realize they can do things they thought were lost to them.
The choices we make everyday determine how fast our bodies age. In fact, more than 80% of chronic degenerative disease is preventable. Changes in one's lifestyle such as exercise, proper nutrition and a good attitude can mean the difference between getting older and getting old.