I started lifting weight when I was 19 years of age. I remember going to work all excited about my workout and telling my co-workers about my weight-lifting achievements that day or that week (back then I worked in a restaurant as a server).

Many of them were older than 30 – of course, they were out of shape.  

They would usually tell me that I was very young and had lots of energy, which was why I could achieve my goals.

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They’d say that I should wait until I hit my 30s, when I’d slow down and start getting aches and pains and feeling tired, I will store more fat because the extra muscle I carry, and life would be more difficult.

Older and healthier than ever

I’m 34 years old now; I don’t have pains, I’m stronger, I have more energy, I have 9% body fat, I’m healthier and overall better than ever! Their prophesy did not come true. Now I hear many people say that I’m in my peak and when I hit my 40’s life will go downhill. I feel like I’ve heard this prophesy before.

When Michael Jordan came back to play basketball years after he originally left his career, people thought he would not make it.  He proved everyone wrong.  He came back stronger and better than before. He was holder but stronger.

Why do some people age faster than others?

According to research, humans start aging after turning 26 years old, losing muscle and bone mass, undergoing a reduction in stroke volume along with oxygen and nutrient extraction, and taking longer to heal, among other things.

There is no way to stop this process.

exercising to stay young_2Nevertheless, there are many things we can do to slow it down

For example, strength training increases bone and muscle mass, and cardiovascular training helps the heart hypertrophy and be more efficient, with increased stroke volume improving oxygen and nutrient extraction.  In other words, the body gets old, but exercise rejuvenates it by adding what it’s losing.

So what keeps me young

I challenge my body through exercise, while many others don’t.  This is the difference between my ex co-workers and me.  They are aging, and I’m maintaining my biological age.

Exercise can be defined as chewing gum, walking, squatting, running, hiking… Any movement can be categorized as exercise.  Nevertheless, useful exercise should be difficult enough that the body needs to adapt to the level of challenge. When it adapts, we then need to increase the difficulty of the exercise.

Getting old is painful

I know exercising can be painful, and this is why many people don’t exercise.

 But getting old is also painful: to be unable to get off the couch, unable to pick up a dropped coin, unable to walk, unable to be independent, or to be dependent on oxygen machines.

I prefer burning muscles, lung discomfort, lack of oxygen and exertion for an hour a day than suffering the consequences of aging every hour of every day.

It is true that death is the destination that we all share.  But living a high quality of life is our responsibility.  It is never too late to exercise and slow down the process of aging.

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