We are living longer than we ever have before.
Thanks to modern medicine and scientific advancement, reaching 80, 90 and even 100+ is quite common.
One of my biggest fears is that we will live to 100 but our body only makes it to 70. We spend the last 30 years of our lives with minimal function and barely moving. Our life outlasts our body.
This make me think of one of my favourite quotes:
“We don’t stop moving because we get old, we get old because we stop moving”.
What this means for me is that in my fitness and health endeavours, I don’t only want a body that looks good now, I want one that lasts and functions for my whole life. I don’t want to just live to 100+, I want to BE ACTIVE until 100+.
Similar to a recent article I wrote, we need to focus on how our body functions and having a strong foundation in order to do this.
So many fitness programs today are focused on 2 things:
1 – an appearance/aesthetic result and
2 – getting that result as fast as possible
This speed and focus on external image often leads to sacrificing internal systems along the way.
We may look good at the beach, but this cumulative damage to systems on the inside ads up and leaves us limited in function, replacing joints, in a wheelchair or needing to inject hormones in our later years just to survive.
I don’t know about you, but that’s not something I want.
What I want is a 100 year body.
What I want it’s to look good AND FUNCTION GOOD until my last day!