Aging or Lifestyle: Who Deserves the Credit for Our Fitness Levels?

It is a common misconception that old age is solely responsible for declining fitness levels. While age does play a role in physical health, it is not the only factor. In fact, inactivity and poor nutrition can contribute significantly to poor fitness levels, regardless of age.

Many people assume that as they age, it becomes more challenging to maintain an active lifestyle. While it may be true that certain physical limitations can arise with age, it is still possible to engage in regular exercise and maintain a healthy weight. However, inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle can lead to muscle atrophy and decreased mobility, both of which can contribute to a decline in overall fitness.

Similarly, poor nutrition can also be a contributing factor to declining fitness levels. As we age, our bodies may require different nutritional needs than when we were younger, and failing to meet those needs can result in a variety of health problems. Additionally, a diet high in processed foods and added sugars can lead to weight gain, which can further contribute to declining fitness levels.

It's important to note that these factors are not exclusive to older adults. People of all ages can experience declining fitness levels due to inactivity and poor nutrition. However, because of the association between age and declining health, it is often assumed that poor fitness is solely due to getting older.


It's important to take steps to maintain good physical health throughout life, regardless of age. This includes engaging in regular physical activity, eating a balanced diet, and making lifestyle choices that promote overall wellness.

By doing so, we can help ensure that our fitness levels remain optimal as we age, rather than attributing any decline solely to the passage of time.

Donna M., Exercise Physiologist 

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