Don't Let Age be a Barrier to Achieving Your Goals - Ivana Chapman

Don’t Let Age be a Barrier to Achieving Your Goals

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 This couple knows that weight training & healthy eating will keep them lean and strong as they get older.

I hear the lies all the time: “I’m too old for that.” “It’s too late for me to start doing that.” “It used to be so much easier when I was younger.” Mostly they’re excuses given by people who’ve stopped making their health a priority or who have let their busy lives become a reason for their lack of commitment to any fitness goals.

Those people that really achieve physical goals beyond high school and feel great in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond, are people who don’t let age be a barrier to achieving their fitness goals.


I’ve heard people as young as 26 complain that their recovery from exercise isn’t what it used to be when they were younger (!). Give me a break.  Maybe if they stopped eating pizza and fries, and drinking soft drinks they’d be able to play more than 10 minutes of beach volleyball without getting winded.

The main thing that adversely changes how some people feel past the mid-20s is their lifestyle. A stressful job, relationships, social lives that involve drinking and eating out all the time become a reason to stop taking care of themselves. To a certain extent, it can be true that you “get away with” bad health habits when you are younger and not later on. This is more likely to be the cumulative affect of years of abuse finally kicking in, rather than the body’s capacity to perform diminishing with age.


Many people associate loss of muscle mass as a sign of getting older, but this is one of the effects that seems to be related more to lifestyle than anything else. Doing weight-training regularly can prevent the muscle and bone loss that we had previously assumed was an inevitable consequence of aging.

You might be surprised by the number of people I’ve trained you’ve achieved improvements in how they feel through just 3 workout sessions a week and minor lifestyle changes. The 30-, 40-, and 50-somethings say they feel better than they did in their 20s. Many are leaner, stronger, more energetic, and have more agility, flexibility and better posture than 20 years earlier.


Everyone’s looking for the fountain of youth and exercise is the closest thing that we have. Complemented by a healthy diet, you can feel younger and better than you have in years. That’s a pretty strong incentive to stop using your age as an excuse and get moving!

Ivana Chapman 

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 6-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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