They say that everything matters, until you lose your health. Then nothing matters except your health. While we can’t predict the future of our health and wellness, we can take steps to help improve our quality of life.
One of the best ways to improve the aging process is to keep moving. Mobility helps with balance, coordination and helps us lower the risk of movement-related injury. It also helps with heart and circulatory health. Mobility becomes increasingly important as we age, because it affects more than just our physical bodies. Mobility also helps with clarity and concentration, which can help increase our quality of life. The more we move, the more opportunity we have to improve our confidence and our overall mental health.
What I’ve personally found is that there is no expiration date for mobility or strength. I am stronger and more flexible now than I was in my 20’s and 30’s. I also have more stamina. I think it’s a combination of getting to know my body as it ages, and adjusting to what it needs to thrive on a daily basis. When I was younger, I would mindlessly follow fitness and nutrition trends and hope for the best. Most of the time things didn’t work out in my favor, and I was left frustrated and anxious to try something new. These days, I put a lot more thought and effort into my health and wellness.
How we move today absolutely affects how we’ll move in the future. If you don’t move your body, eventually it’ll decide that you don’t need to and you’ll lose vital functions that help you truly thrive. Move it or lose it. The further we age, the more that saying becomes less of a notion and more of a harsh reality.
So get up. Move. Honor your body and give it what it needs to truly thrive.