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Are you speaking yourself old?

After a certain age a lot of us blame everything that happens to our body on our age. That’s probably neither accurate nor smart.

Of course, bodies change over time. Especially after menopause there are changes to our muscles, bones and other tissues. But a lot of these can be rolled back with exercise.

In our culture we do typically get weaker with age, but that’s as much about not enough of the right kind of activity as it is about age. 

And often our physical problems are the result of long-term poor habits.

It’s also true that people who learn to move more effectively and are conscientious about using their bodies can look and feel ‘younger’ than they did years before.

But through our language we reinforce the idea that bodies deteriorate simply because they reach a particular age. 
What’s more, medical and health professionals often support that way of thinking. It’s easy to put an injury down to ‘just age’. But it’s rarely just age.

Our thinking and speaking are powerful. I’ve written before about research that demonstrates that they can influence our posture, the way we walk, the way our bodies feel to us, and even our IQ.

So it’s worth noticing what comes out of our mouths and being responsible for it.

And remember that just because a health professional tells you that your injury is ‘just age’, it doesn’t mean they’re entirely right. 


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