How to Exercise Through the Ages
June 03, 2014

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The world of exercise and fitness is built around the assumption of periodic bursts of exercise rather than long-term fitness. That’s probably because there’s more money to be made (and marketing appeal) in short-term programs, rapid transformations and crash diets than in sustainable long-term practices.

But one’s long-term practice is more important than any short-term transformation.  That’s why we at Power 20 have charted our path towards living a long, healthy life that minimizes disease, injury and hospital visits. Each person’s long-term plan will be different, and the plan may change over time, but here’s one we recommended.

  • 20s – strength building, aerobic
  • 30s – strength building, aerobic
  • 40s – strength building, aerobic
  • 50s – strength building, aerobic, balance, meditation
  • 60s – strength building, aerobic, balance, meditation
  • 70s – mobility/flexibility, strength maintenance, aerobic, balance,  meditation
  • 80s – mobility/flexibility, strength maintenance, aerobic, balance, meditation
  • 90s – mobility/flexibility, strength maintenance, aerobic, balance, meditation
  • 100s – mobility/flexibility, strength maintenance, aerobic, balance, meditation
  • 110s – mobility/flexibility, strength maintenance, aerobic, balance, meditation
  • 120s – mobility/flexibility, aerobic, balance, meditation
  • 130s – mobility/flexibility, balance, meditation

Meditate more with every year.  As we age, we seek less excitement and more peace.  We become more spiritual and reflective and meditation lets us do more of both. Meditation has also been found to stave off dementia and depression.

We’ll have more time as we age. We tend to rise earlier with age, giving us access to more quiet, contemplative morning hours. We have fewer social obligations as we eventually reduce our work hours and as our circle of friends is pared down over the years.  This gives us more time to indulge in healthy activities.

There’s a good chance you’ll live longer than you expect. As our medicine and technology improves, our lifespans can also increase dramatically. Today’s baby boomers are living longer than any generation in human history, and that trend will continue for those of us with access to clean food and healthy environments. If we’re going to live past 100, we may as well do so in excellent health.

If you’re skeptical that vigorous health can be maintained into old age, see the video below. It’s just one of many demonstrating spry octogenarians.