I recently finished listening to David Goggins new book "Never Finished" and one of the things he said that really struck me was that even thought none of us can beat Father Time, we sure as hell can beat his brother, Father Fatigue.
When it comes to fitness, many people believe it's a young person's game, and once you reach a certain age, it's too late to get in shape. And when I say certain age, I've heard people as young as 35 say, "I'm too told for that".
But who determines what this "certain age" is, that's bullshit. Your body is capable of amazing things, but if you constantly tell yourself that "you're too old", then of course that's what your brain will think. There are countless examples of people who have achieved incredible fitness goals later in life.
One such example is Ernestine Shepherd, who at the age of 84 holds the world record as the oldest female competitive bodybuilder. She didn't start working out until she was in her 50s, but with dedication and hard work, she was able to transform her body and achieve her fitness goals.
Ernestine and many others have figured out that by strength training, doing some cardio, and sleeping and eating right, you can beat Father Fatigue and stare Father Time straight in the face and tell him to come back when you're much, much older!
Of course, it's important to understand that as we age, our bodies may require different approaches to exercise and fitness. Even for myself, I've noticed over the past few years that I have a few more aches and pains than I did before, but that doesn't mean I just give up and not do the things I love. You have to adapt! Maybe take an extra recovery day, or take a little extra time warming up, or get an ice bath to help those sore muscles. We all now I love a good ice bath!
But with the right mindset and approach, anyone can achieve their fitness goals, regardless of their age. So if you've been putting off getting in shape because you think you're too old, it's time to change your mindset and start working towards your goals. Remember, age is just a number, and anything is possible if you're willing to put in the work. And by putting in that work, it will help to extend your lifespan so you don't have to meet Father Time for many years!