Getting Older · 24 May 2013

Conventional wisdom says that we get fatter, less fit, and unhealthier as we get older.

The vast majority of us take it for granted that we will gain weight and lose our physical and mental faculties as we age. I am convinced that it does not need to be that way. That there is no law that says we need to really age as we get older. That God did not intend it to be that way.

Our bodies do seem to give out eventually, but if we were to treat them like racecars instead of old jalopies, we might get more use from them and they might last longer. After all, there are many examples of older people playing basketball, running, doing all sorts of activities that we attribute to young people. Yes, we will age because time marches on, but we do not necessarily need to have our bodies break down. We do not really need to get older.

I am considered to be middle aged, but I am fitter and trimmer than I have been in years. Decades even. Maybe I have a selective memory, but I seem to be as fit as I was when I was in my late twenties. Well, at least in my thirties. (Which could of course mean that I was not all that fit back then.)

We ought to be able to keep fit through our whole lifetime. However long that lifetime is. I am convinced that to do so, we just need to eat properly (whole food, plant-based diet) and exercise (run and play). We just need to take care of our racecar bodies instead of treating them like old jalopies.

I, for one, do not always believe conventional wisdom. And I am doing all I can to disprove the wisdom that says I need to get fatter, less fit, and unhealthier as I age.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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