All Downhill After 40?
All Downhill After 40?
The other day, at work, I overheard someone tell another person, “It’s all downhill after 40.”
I was stunned. Really? Is it all downhill after the age of 40? Good grief, I certainly hope not because I turn 50 this year and quite frankly I feel like I am just gettin’ started people!
Seriously, I don’t know what is wrong with me but I positively feel like I am 18-years old. What is up with that?
But I see people all around me, some of them even younger than me, and I see them having problems with health, dieting, joint pain, back pain, and all sorts of other ailments. These ailments seem to hold them back from being active and I am thinking to myself, “But you are ONLY 40- or 50-something years old!”
Remember when we were in our 20s and we thought someone in their 50s was SO OLD?! And BAM, now we are 50-years old? What the heck happened? Did we enter a time warp?
Personally, I think it is a variety of reasons, why some people feel old. What we put in our bodies has a lot to do with it and lack of exercise is another. Then we get put on medication because of this or because of that and it can’t be all good for us.
I am thankful I was able to get OFF of my medication that I was taking for insulin resistance and high cholesterol because I started eating healthy and started exercising. Was it difficult? Yes. Yes, it was difficult in the beginning. But thankfully I found an exercise regimen/routine/movement/enterprise that I LOVE and it helps that I love it, for sure – CrossFit.
Still, I need to curb the intake of crap, though. There was a time when I stopped eating sugar and anything white, like anything made with white flour. And you know what happened? I lost 20lbs and my joints felt better and my stomach felt flat and I was not bloated.
However, I have fallen off that wagon and started eating poorly again, slowly but surely. It’s not all bad but I am not being as strict as I once had been.
Southerners love their sweet tea and fried foods, that is for sure. And did you know that Alabama is ranked #5 for the highest obesity rate?
So yeah, I think how old we feel may have something to do with what we put in our bodies and lack of exercise. At least this has been MY experience and what I’ve observed in others.
Is it all downhill after 40? I think not. Not for me anyway. I still have a whole lot of living to do. I’m just gettin’ started baby!
Ciao Mio Amore,