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  • Mitchell Rothbardt

The Fountain Of Youth

We all know the story of the Fountain of Youth. It’s a fountain that restores the youth of anyone who bathes in its waters. 

It looks nice doesn’t it? Well, as I’m sure you know this picture isn’t real. That doesn’t mean that Fountain Of Youth isn’t real, though! It’s just not this kind of fountain.

What if I told you that there is actually something out there that

  1. Helps your joints feel better

  2. Strengthens your tendons, ligaments and muscles

  3. Helps your immune system

  4. Gets you stronger and better able to do every day things like carry groceries, walk and go up stairs

  5. Helps your mood

  6. Helps your heart

  7. Helps brain function

I know this sounds like it’s too good to be true, right?

Well, as you can see from my fancy picture IT IS TRUE!!

You might be wondering what it is I’m talking about. Let me tell you.

It’s exercise!!

I’m sure you knew that, didn’t you.

In all seriousness, I’ve worked with many people of all ages and many in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and even older. I’ve seen first-hand how proper exercise can affect people. I’ve seen people of all ages get all sorts of benefits and actually start enjoying it!

Listen, I know that exercise isn’t some people’s favorite thing to do. Believe me, I understand. I get it. It’s just that I’ve seen the “switch” turn on for some of the those same people and it’s amazing to watch.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that age really is “just a number” for the most part. I’ve seen that when people stop giving in to their preconceived notions about what has to happen as we age, amazing things occur.

Yes, I know that some things are inevitable. I know we can’t stop the aging process. Things happen that we can’t control. I also know that we have members in their 50s, 60s, and 70s that are absolutely kicking butt and seeing improvements all the time and the ones that are seeing the best results are the ones who don’t obsess about their age and use it as an excuse.

We have a saying in our gym that we never want to be the person who needs help carrying their groceries out of Safeway. There’s no reason this apply to you, as well.

Let’s go over a few things you can do to get going:

  1. Do something. Obviously this is kind of important but just get started. Go for a walk. Do some squats or pushups. Just get moving and go from there.

  2. Forget about what you are “supposed” to do at your age. The people that are constantly talking about how old they are tend to also be the ones who let their own mind prevent them from feeling better.

  3. Find some people. If you are someone to whom exercise doesn’t seem all that fun, look for some people. The community we have in our gym makes a huge difference.

If you need some help trying to figure out how to make any of this work for you, please let me know.

Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Level 2 Lean Eating Coach, FMS Castro Valley Fitness 2861 Grove Way 510-755-9191

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