Is 40 officially over the hill?
As a fitness trainer and group fitness instructor for over 20 years, I’ve been blessed to have met some amazing people in my life. Even though my job is to guide people to be more active, many have shown me what it means to be truly healthy. It’s simply living life to the fullest.
A few clients come to mind, but one in particular really changed my views on age and health. She grew up on a small island in the San Juans. She would have to kayak to the main island to get her family’s mail everyday. Her active lifestyle never changed throughout her life.
When I was training her about ten years ago, she was in her 70’s. She walked everywhere and her workouts eventually got more difficult than the workouts I had my 20 yr old students do in my physical education classes. Seriously – move it, or lose it.
I lost contact with her after moving and having my son, but I still think about her and the others who have and continue to inspired me.
Physical health is only a small part of the equation for improving your quality of life. Spiritual (the most important component), emotional, environmental, social, mental, and occupational health can’t be overlooked. You are as strong as your weakest link.
As I turn 40 this week, I think I’m still climbing this hill.
Photos were taken at the Smith Tower (built in 1914) in cloudy Seattle this past weekend.