Reasons we don't exercise
Am I too old to run?
OK, it's a bit of a cliché but you're never too old to start running. Whatever age you start, it takes up to seven years to reach your running potential. That might sound strange to those of us who are getting older and therefore slower, but the statement is true.
I started serious running when I was 47. Back then I weighed 185 lbs and could barely run half a mile. Today, at 51 going on 52, I weigh 155 lbs and run 10 miles with ease. I run 5k about 4 minutes faster than I did at 47.
In other words, I am faster even though I am older. I'm fitter, stronger, and weigh much less. At some point I will get slower, but I'm not there yet.
The same will apply to you. You'll notice improvements in your fitness pretty quickly. You feel your stomach getting smaller, your arms and chest less flabby. Over months and years, you will develop the mind and body of a runner, and you can be a runner at any stage of your life.
Exercise in middle and old age is probably more important than when you're young. Back in your teens and 20s, you could train hard, drink hard, and eat what you wanted, and you still stayed slim -- or that's how you remember it.
But in middle age, neglect of your body soon shows itself, not only as overweight but stiffness, aches, lack of energy, feelings of
What's the point?
That was a good day. It was never a struggle.
(Ed Whitlock, 72, after running the Toronto Marathon in 2:54:48)
All of that will change when you become a runner.
Ed Whitlock, the world's greatest distance runner in the 70+ age groups says,
I'm always willing to say what I do, but I don't know that it would work for any particular person. Everybody has to find out what works for them.
The young runners have enough power just to do whatever they want. But for older runners,
If you think with strategy, you have a kind of advantage.
Run with Passion. My goal is to share the joy and passion of running with people everywhere” Amanda McIntosh.
By David Hay Jones