Re: Exercise and AgeRoger Zoul wrote:
> Maggie wrote:
>>> One thing I have found as I age....I certainly can't participate in
>>> some of the things I did when I was young. Now that I have taken an
>>> interest in riding a bike I realize that people older than me are
>>> doing it. It's a wonderful sport and its age friendly. I remember
>>> my father in law riding a bike well into his 70's. So, ok, we have
>>> to leave some of the sports we loved behind us....but its nice to
>>> know there are age friendly sports still available to us. I tried
>>> playing volleyball last summer with a bunch of my daughters
>>> friends. )All in their 20's.) They were fine the next day. I was
>>> soaking in ben gay. And I was a damn good volley ball player in my
>>> twenties. Damn good. It's a little depressing to admit you can't do
>>> the same things you could do when you were younger......In some
>>> sports you are considered TOO OLD when you hit thirty five.
>>> Whoever said age is a state of mind did not try to play volleyball
>>> for hours on the beach at age 50 with team members in their
>>> twenties. I look forward to enjoying my bike.
Well, David Hasselhof does it!
> I'm sorry, but your thinking is very, very flawwed. You are giving
> in to this notion that you can't do this or that because of age. It's
> not true. Sure, you shouldn't, after sitting on your butt for years,
> expect you get up one day and compete in strong fashion in volleyball
> against 20 yos.
Whether you're 20 or 80, you can't perform well at anything after sitting on
your butt for a long time. As you get older it takes longer to bounce back, and
you don't bounce back as far. But there's no reason you can't maintain very
good fitness throughout your life. Use it, or lose it.
I can ride rings around many 20-somethings. Likewise, there are many
50-somethings who can kick my 40 year old ass.
The bottom line is that whether or not you do stay in good shape throughout your
life, you're doomed if you don't at least try.