119: Fitness and Longevity
On the value of positive examples.
I think that knowing an older person who is fit and mobile and relatively pain-free is a highly underrated factor in health, fitness, and wellbeing.
Maybe you have someone like this in your life. Or someone whose work you follow?
In either case :
Knowing someone who is >65 years old and still investing consistently in exercise and movement can show you what is possible. It gives you a real-world reference. An inspiring data point. A relatable benchmark.
Of course, all human beings physically wear down over time. Inevitably, my body will stop working and someday I will die.
But there are tons of things within our control that can also meaningfully improve the odds: Practices that increase the probability that we might grow older with health, vitality, energy, greater independence, and quality of life.
Positive examples are vital.
They uplift and demystify.
I am inspired by people pursuing their movement goals at any age!