March 10, 2017

Health is an outfit that looks different on everyone.

This idea that healthy is different for each person is so important yet so overlooked. Actually, healthy looks different for the same person at different stages of life.  My healthy now looks a lot different than it did 25 – 30 years ago.  A lot of my struggle to feel healthy has involved finding the balance between what I used to be and what I am now.  I am no longer a competitive athlete – though I am still a competitive person.  I don’t need to push myself as hard or reach the same level of fitness as when I was 18 years old.  This is a tough new balance to find because I still think of myself in terms of my 18-year-old self.  I always want to be stronger and faster. The reality is that my body cannot withstand that same level of activity for the next 50 years.

So the new goal is longevity. I want to hike, fish, camp, and swim when I am 93.  What does that look like in my routines today and tomorrow? That’s what I’m working on.  I walk, not run, more – faster, more incline, and even with weights.  I work more on my core strength and have gone back to lifting weights.  I used to worry about bulking up whereas now I think about building up enough muscle to withstand the inevitable loss that comes with age.  What my healthy looks like will continue to change as I age and gain new knowledge. I want to enjoy the process rather than fight it.

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