Training for longevity is a topic that has been popping up in a lot of conversations for me lately.
Longevity in a fitness sense is about having a high quality of function and ability throughout your entire life.
I believe our current generations will be living a long time. With the advancements we have in medicine, science, surgery, etc, many of us will likely reach 100 years of age and beyond!
That’s pretty fucking cool, but it’s also pretty fucking scary if you think about our current lifestyles and training methods.
I’m worried that we will make it that far in age, but I’m not sure our bodies will last that long.
One of the scariest things to me is the idea of living till 100 but having my body give out when I’m 60, 70 or 80.
I don’t want to be alive the last 20, 30, 40 years of my life unable to truly live!
One of my favourite quotes is:
You don’t stop exercising because you get old, you get old because you stop exercising.
What I want to address in this article is whether or not your current lifestyle and training methods are setting you up for longevity?
Are you training for a high quality of life for your entire life, or are you just training for a short term body change?
You’re working out consistently and in fact you’re crushing it in the gym daily. However you’re goal is mostly short term. 3-6 months to bulk up, slim down, get that beach body, lift a new weight, prep for the next competition, etc. You’re focused mostly on Intensity and reaching the goal ASAFP.
Or maybe you’re not training at all and planning to get the rest of your life together first. You’re young. You can worry about your health/fitness later.
You’re building your career, you’re building you family, and you’re metabolism is still fast enough to maintain a decent weight without many current health risks.
The issue with #1 is wear and tear. What I’m seeing with the current intensity trend is we end up sacrificing some areas of health for specific areas of achievement.
Everything from poor quality movements to get more reps in a workout to extreme dieting so you can lean out as quick as possible. These things may get you to your results quickly in the short term, but they can be wreaking havoc on your body and systems over the long term. Fucking with your metabolism when you’re young can create some very serious health issues when you’re older.
The issue with #2 is it just doesn’t work that way.
Like a quote I recently heard from Warren Buffett:
It’s like saving sex for old age… It’s not a good idea.
While we’re younger these are the best years of our lives to optimize our bodies. As we get older it gets harder and harder to achieve that ripped lean look we all want. It’s not impossible, but it’s a damn hard. A lot harder than if we had it when we were young and just maintained it while we aged.
The truth is you can have it all.
You CAN have intense training AND quality movements to make sure you’re not wearing down your body sooner than it should.
You CAN have work, family, etc. as top priorities AND make time to be active a few minutes a day.
End of the day, if you know what you’re doing, a few small changes can make a pretty big difference for the longevity of your health.
Is longevity important to you or do you fit in one of the categories above?