So, the past few months I have been listening and reading (on social media) to a lot of stuff people keep talking about in relation to fitness. And the one question that keeps presenting itself to me: Why does age come into the picture when we talk about fitness? I honestly don’t understand. And I don’t buy the “closer-to-mortality” argument, or “the-my-job-didn’t-give-me-time” argument or even “I-woke-up-one-day-and…” argument.
The way I look at it: I am either fit or not. Age definitely has nothing to do with it in my perspective. It is the comparison in relation to something external that drives human behaviour in fitness and other matters, and therein lies the cause for failure and for unhappiness et al.
Fitness is a state of body and mind in relation to the particular body and mind at the particular moment in Time and Space.
If you are 30, you are fit in relation to the state of your body and mind.
If you are 45, you are fit in relation to the state of your body and mind then (and not in relation to the state of your body and mind at 30).
If you are 57, you are fit in relation to the state of your body and mind at that point in Time and Space (environment) – and not in relation to the state of your body and mind at some other point in time or space (for instance, when you were 30, or 40).
Further, you are fit in relation to the state of your mind and body – someone else at the same age is not a context. And if I have to explain that to myself, then I deserve to be in the state of mind that will drive my body to the ends that it will lead to.
Finally, you are fit in relation to the state of your body and mind in Time and Space -there is little point in preparing yourself for a time later than now because the context cannot be predicted. Or rather, it is arrogant to assume one can predict it to a significant degree of success.
Thus, fitness is of the mind and body, here and now – always, in every space and time. Here and now. In relation to my own body and mind.
No age, no other benchmark, no other comparison. Just me. Here and now.