Why Age is an Attitude

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A positive, adventurous attitude is the best anti-aging remedy you’ll find.

I’m 37 years old.

There was a time when I wouldn’t be able to tell you that.

My age. Eeeeek!

Having dabbled in modelling since my teens and enjoying a few sincere years in my late 20s of trying to be an Oscar-winning actress (I managed a few infomercials and some student films), I have long been acutely aware of a woman’s need to hide her age.

A Range of Ages

An actress is never supposed to say how old she is, just the range she plays…let’s say “20-25” or “35-45”. That’s how commercials, TV, and movie are cast, by identifying an age range for a character and then finding an actress who looks that age.

As you can imagine, it’s often a source of great pride for an actress that she plays in a younger age range than she is.

Being 5’10, I was able to buy alcohol without ID at the age of 16 so playing my age was more likely early on.

What You Put In…

By the time you hit your 30s though, I think that changes. The lifestyle choices you’ve made (eating right, exercising, not smoking) in the past start to bring you benefits.

Many people would guess that I’m a bit younger than my age now.

What does it matter?

It doesn’t.

Most people’s idea of what a particular age looks like is based on a norm created by their immediate circle. If you’re in a circle of healthy fitness people you probably realize that 40 or 45 still looks pretty damn fine. Yet if you make your judgements based on the average customer at McDonalds then you might have a different perception of age.

Who Cares?

I honestly feel better than I did in my 20s. I’m energetic, have more confidence and knowledge, and have more to show for my life than ever before. I haven’t felt the physical and mental decline that many acquaintances of mine claim. Taking care of myself, body and mind, must be an important part of that.

Believe it or not, I’m actually about 30lbs lighter than I was at my peak weight at the age of 24. I didn’t even exceed that weight during my pregnancy! There’s a story there (for another blog), but you get my point.

Age Isn’t Just a Number

Age is an attitude. Youth carries the spirit of adventure and feels awe and wonder with the world. You can be youthful at any age. You can be old before your time by being stuck in a rut and disenchanted by life.

Whatever age you are, promise yourself that you’ll do the best you can to take care of your body and mind. Eat well, exercise and move daily, learn inspiring things, and meet amazing people.

Then you’ll never feel old.

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 5-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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