On Friday I met with a man who was looking to change his health for the better.
He was in his Mid 50’s and when I asked him what his health and fitness goals were he told me that he wanted to “keep up with some of his friends and have a better quality of life” he also said, “I want to get my sexy back.”
This man was recently on vacation and realized that he didn’t feel his best anymore and wanted to make a positive change. He didn’t feel capable of doing things he used to take for granted.
This led us to a conversation about longevity.
I asked him a simple question and it was “If you change nothing and look out 5-10 years from now what do you think your health will look like?”
He paused and told me “not great.”
We then talked about something that I believe in which is working at having a “high quality of life with longevity.”
Picture a person who at 65 years loses their ability to move and can no longer stand up on their own, and this person now needs to be cared for by others or move into a care home.
What happens if this person due to the advances in modern medicine lives to be 85+?
Do they spend twenty plus years in a care home? Does that sound like a high quality of life anyone would want?
Human beings are designed to perform primal or functional movements patterns.
To maintain your mobility throughout life, you need to be able to be able to perform some basic movements.
These are the movement we focus on teaching day in and day out as they have the highest impact on a person’s long-term health. Here are some examples as they pertain to everyday life.
Lunging: which allows you to be able to tie your shoe or get up off the ground if you fall.
Squatting: which allows you to sit down and stand up without using your arms
Bending: which allows you to pick something up off the ground whether that be a toothpick or a couch.
Pressing: which allows you to put something on a shelf or pushing a car that’s stuck
Pulling: which allows you to get something out of the trunk of a car, open a heavy door, or climb a ladder
Core strength: which allows us to stabilize your torso so that we can carry our groceries or twist to pass something to someone beside us.
Cardiovascular health: which allows you to sustain the above without getting drastically out of breath.
When you look at your future self what do you see?
Do you see a person who has the strength and vitality to be able to run circles around their grandkids? Do you picture a person who continues to enjoy the activities of their youth such as hiking, kayaking, running, and sport?
Have you already started to lose your ability to enjoy things you love? Or lacks the confidence even to attempt them?
Maintaining our movement and mobility is essential to having a high quality of life with our longevity.
When you look back at your life, do you think you will regret taking your ability to move for granted? I hope not.
So ask yourself what does the 85 years old version of yourself look like to you and what are you going to do about it?
If you have any friends or family members that are starting to struggle with their movement/mobility and you’re looking for some advice on how you can help them, please reach out to myself or one of the other Anchored Athletics coaches so we can help.