• Nicholas Kent

Move agelessly...

Saw a little comment on a Youtube video I was watching (I know I know, looking at those is like looking into hell) but this comment was fairly wholesome, so it was okay. Anyways, the phrase that caught my eye was "you don't stop moving when you get old, you get old when you stop moving", cited by a couple who are starting a Youtube channel about healthy ageing... and they're in their 80's. What a thing!

But as I sit here nursing a minor hangover from a fairly easy going previous evening with friends, and the chit chat about things like back pain, knee pains and just general innocuous ailments were more prevalent than ever before in our lives, as well as the fact that by my counts I'd only really had a few beers (I'm pretty sure), it's becoming more in plain sight that the actual relevance of our age is now relevant. Things just don't work like they used to, I guess...

Though I can attest to feeling the pinch from the glasses of red that I didn't mention, the more chronic musculoskeletal stuff that the others were complaining about is still a mystery to me. Despite currently being in a moonboot, I've never really suffered any of the long term problems, insidious issues of pains, aches and other that we lump down to simple ageing. Never really been a thing. I've had sports injuries, like singular events and niggles here and there - but there was always an obvious root cause from my active lifestyle. Golfers elbow from overdoing it on pull-ups, a patellar tendon thing from too much hoops, stiffness in the shoulders after messing with kettlebell snatches... that type of stuff. The agreement was always explicit, consensual and not mysterious, unlike the common problems passed around last night before the first tequila shot.

I suppose how the little comment in the Youtube video and these observations tie in together and got me thinking is that amongst this crowd, I'd say I'm the one that's the most active... which isn't really a surprise, though none of the others are what you'd say sedentary either. These are all active people by their own right, doing a decent job of it in relation to the average. Where I'd say the difference lies is that I have the most intention with my physical activity. It's one thing to be generally active, but intentionality is a different thing that yields different results, I feel. In this case, I'm aware of what my body needs, as well as what a body needs whether I like it or not. I'm conscientious of quality over mere quantity with my body, my movement, my exercise, my training, my performance. Being active, to me, is not just about punching the clock.

I'm also well aware that there are infinite factors that play a role in the mystery of pain, ageing and that type of stuff, and to nut it down to just "moving better" or more conscientiously is a little fallacious. But I guess in principle, to never stop moving is a great adage, but the real juice is in the quality of that movement, like a practice. This stuff is purely anecdotal, but is often where I see the divergence over time. When quality is the primary factor, to be ageless is to not just keep moving, but keep moving well...

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