A couple of days ago I received an irate email from a reader regarding this post. He resented any implication that a person’s body falls to pieces when he retires. This 73-year-old reader told me that he plays tennis every Wednesday with his 66-year-old friend and consistently kicks his ass. But he’s not the oldest tennis player in his social set, on Tuesdays he plays doubles with three other friends, 80, 84 and 87. Just to stress his point he wrote, “THAT'S 324 YEARS OF TENNIS PLAYERS ON THE COURT AT THE SAME TIME.”
The irate reader? My dad.
Using a technique that I certainly appreciate, taking a random sampling and making a glittering generality out of it, he has come to conclude that he can tell who will enjoy good health in retirement simply by who does their own yard work.
Another reader, 66-year-old Emelita, writes that she has always walked 3 miles every other day, participated in aerobics 3 times a week, and still wears a size 3 in her retirement. She points out that, “Bad or good habits never die . . . if you’ve been lazy it’s hard to start anything.”
It certainly is easier to be fit if you are just staying fit rather than waiting to get fit after retirement. But all is not lost if you’ve waited. Clay, another recent retiree, emailed that he only had time to work out 2 times a week when he was still working. Now that he’s retired he goes to the gym every day and is now in the best shape of his life. (I’m jealous—while I already had a pretty good exercise regimen before I retired, I can’t say that I’m in any better shape than before, even with all the “extra” time.)
Don't despair if you don’t do your own yard work, though. My irate reader agrees with Clay, it’s never to late to start. But start slowly at first, you don’t want to bring out a chainsaw when you haven’t even mastered the clippers yet.
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