AbsoluteFIT is not the Fountain of Youth — but it’s at least a tincture or an infusion.
As is often the case in the fall and winter, I’ve been thinking lately about the passage of time — getting older, and specifically, what I can do to stay strong and healthy as long as possible.
Now, I’m only 44 — that’s ancient to a teenager, but it’s not, objectively speaking, elderly. But I think of my mom at this age, how she’d long since stopped making any genuine effort toward fitness or strength; of my grandmothers, who considered exercise un-feminine and in any case, not something that was for them; of my own assumptions that once I abruptly stopped ballet at 14, I would only do the bare minimum necessary to stay in the range of sizes offered by the Gap.
And I’ve realized: I’m not fighting getting older — I’m fighting those old tired notions that fitness is for young people, or men, or specifically for the size of your figure.
I want to not be limited by my body — I want to have fun, I want to be strong and flexible and have endurance, I want to position myself for quicker recovery from life’s inevitable injuries and illnesses.
Check this out — a spider crunch won’t make me any younger, but being able to do them sure does make me feel that way:
Yeah, I’m gonna run a 5K with my teenage grandkids someday … 🙂
Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast whose AbsoluteFIT journey has resulted in major strength gains, nutrition education, approximately 25 fewer pounds on the scale, and dozens of new workout friends. She can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week — it’s basically her second living room, at this point, but with fewer Legos, Harry Potter wands, and Wimpy Kid books.