How Getting Older Can Actually Benefit Your Fitness
Every year, there’s another athlete that continues their amazing career into their late 30s, early 40s, and beyond. Gone are the days of thinking that the 20s are the prime of athleticism. Your health doesn’t depend on your age; it depends on how well you take care of yourself and maintain your routine.
There are so many ways to stay healthy that have never been appreciated in decades past, like staying hydrated, getting good sleep, or keeping your flexibility with yoga. Our Resilient vitamin tincture, a blend of B12, D2, and K3 - can help to support the body and prime it for the activities that keep you going.
It’s also about keeping your mind sharp - that mental fitness. If your mind is sharp, you’re sharp. (Oh, and exercise helps too.)
Be Honest With Yourself
Tim Duba, co-founder of Protekt, mentions that one of the greatest parts of getting older is simply that you stop caring what other people think - in a good way.
“You start to figure out what makes you happy. When something makes you happy, why would you care if somebody else thinks it's dumb, or thinks it's a waste of time? I could talk to my 23-year-old self, that's what I would tell him - do the things that make you happy, the things that make you a better person, and stop worrying about how you look or who you're hanging out with, or whether people think what you’re doing is cool or not.”
Along the same vein of not caring what others think, you also have to surround yourself with people who genuinely care about you. Being able to do this helps you continue to be honest with yourself.
“One great thing about being honest is that you find out who wants to be around you and who doesn't, real quick. You can eliminate distracting relationships because, no matter who you are, there's always going to be people around who aren’t there because they like you, or because they want to help you. They're there because they think they can gain something from being around you. The more honest you are with yourself, the more those people fall away because you don't give them the time of day. A lot of people are waiting for somebody else to help them make their big break. As you get older, you start to learn that the only person who can really change your life is you. Other people can play a huge role in helping you set your mindset, but you have to do the work.”
Focus on Listening
As you get older, you find yourself more committed to listening and allowing yourself to be wrong. Being wrong is okay - it’s a learning opportunity.
“You've got two ears and one mouth. So, you should listen twice as much as you talk. I'm getting there. It's definitely very helpful, because you start to realize that a lot of people around you are actually really smart. You become a lot less judgmental. You're much more open to other sides of the argument and differing opinions. I love hearing why somebody disagrees with me. Because it's a chance for me to learn why I was wrong.”
When you’re young, you’re still finding your footing in this great big world. As you get older, you can center your life around other people’s perspectives and how those impact you, and how you impact others.
Don’t Be Afraid to Fail
This is a hugely helpful tip when it comes to knowing how to create a fitness plan, and life in general. If you go into something worrying about how it can go wrong, those negative things are more likely to happen. Instead, focus on how it can go right.
And if it does go wrong, who cares? It’s not the end of the world.
“If there’s one takeaway, I'd say, just decide what makes you happy and go for it. Don't be afraid to fail, because it doesn't matter. It's your journey. It doesn't matter if somebody you barely know wants to make fun of you because you didn't finish your run in a certain amount of time. Just go for it, man. If that improves your life, good for you. You just shouldn't care. It's your path.”
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Protekt products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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