Fitter at 40 than 14

As I get closer to 40 years old I am the fittest I have ever been in my life. If I were able go back and tell my 14-year-old self that I had it in me to run 5k (regularly!), do high intensity interval workouts and play tennis, I actually don’t think I would have changed my attitude towards sports at the time.

I am sure it didn’t help that in those days the PE teachers would make us run around the hockey pitch in all weathers wearing just a tiny skirt. But, to be honest, I think the reason is that I wasn’t mentally strong enough at that age to do well in sports. I was not naturally talented, my body was always more curvy than athletic, and I was not mature enough to put in the extra work that was needed to get over those physical hurdles. Instead, I am now a much stronger person, and I am able to fight those voices in my mind telling me to drop my knees to the floor during plank, or to stop and walk during my run. I have also discovered that doing exercise is much easier when you have a clear objective in mind. This extra motivation might be to lose 10 pounds, get back into those jeans you haven’t worn for 10 years, or just improve in a sport you really enjoy.

The main message I want to pass on to anyone reading this short post is whatever your age, don’t write yourself off, there is still so much you can achieve. Or in the words of Diana Nyad, who finally swam from Cuba to Florida at the age of 64 after having tried and failed 4 times since her first attempt in her twenties: “You can chase your dreams at any age; you’re never too old.”

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• "Good, good, good" • Don't worry, I'm not praising myself! Those of you who saw my last post and/or read my latest blog post (link to blog in bio) will have heard that my partner is very supportive in helping me improve my tennis 🎾👏🙌 And here is an example of him practicing with me and being super encouraging (not sure you can hear well, you need audio on max, but he says good after each shot!) and I even hit the balls he sends me that are out! Well, most of the time… 😊 #tennis #tennispractice #tennistraining #tennislesson #tennislessons #forehand #tennisgirl #tennispartner #tennislife #tennisaddict #tennisobsessed #instatennis #instatennisstar #tennislove #lovetennis Wearing: #oyshofitness #adidastennis

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Some evidence of my newfound sportiness!

2 thoughts on “Fitter at 40 than 14”

  1. Hi Helen!

    I really enjoyed reading your article about health and fitness! I want to also say that I agree with everything you stated in this article! Based on my personal observations, I believe that tennis is one of the key ways to unlock the “Fountain of Youth”

    My name is Stephen. I live in Southern California where I am fortunate enough to play a good amount of tennis! A couple of my teammates in my organization are individuals who are in their mid 50s and 40s, but appear 10-20 years younger. They are also incredibly fit! I was so inspired by them that I made a video about my experience!

    I think my video will provide a great insight into the Fountain of Youth! Here is a link to it:

    Please let me know what you think! I will be more than happy to discuss my ideas with you! =]


    Stephen Chiang
    Youtube: TopspinMonstar
    Instagram: TopspinMonstar
    Twitter: TopspinMonstar

    1. Hi Stephen,

      thanks so much for sharing this video and story! I hope I will one day be a tennis pro grandma 🙂 But seriously, I agree that keeping fit and exercising is not just about losing weight, but it can improve your mood, make you feel younger and ultimately this should also help you look younger. I have taken up exercise fairly late in life, but I don’t think it is ever too late, which is the main message I wanted to pass with this article.

      thanks again,

      H E L E N

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