Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung said, “life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research.”
The same goes for fitness.
Sure, you can do some pretty spectacularly fit things well before your forties. And yes, most professional athletes start heading to the commentator’s table long before that. But that’s not nearly the whole story.
Not even close.
And I should know. I’ve been coaching fitness for more than two decades, not to mention trying to improve along the way. And these are just a few things I’ve learned about fitness over forty.
The World Is Wrong
With every year, the experts claim, we get weaker. And slower. And stiffer and blah, blah blah.
Here’s the truth. We get hurt. Then we stop. Then we get weaker and slower and … get the picture?
Or we get married and have kids. Or simply stop putting in the time we once did. Then, we blame aging when the problem is lifestyle and habits.
Training smart and training often means we can get stronger in our forties. That our older just means more time to improve.
The Workout Is The Reward
When I started training, it was about muscle. And I’d be lying if I said that it wasn’t still. But that’s not all the workout is about. Not even close.
Now, I workout because I love the workout itself. I love the effort. I love the feeling.
It’s nice doing things you’ve never done and breaking personal records. It’s much nicer working out for the workout’s sake alone.