Most people are blessed with the ability to be an athlete, regardless of their age, fitness level, sport they play, or if they've even played a sport at all. However so many people choose to live a completely unhealthy lifestyle and abuse their body by eating crap and not exercising, and they waste this gift that will allow them to lead a much fuller, happier and healthier life. Many people settle to live in a complete state of lethargy, illness, depression and general discontentment, and the scary part is that many don't even realize they are existing in this state.
Here is a perfect example. I once had a male client who was severely unfit and overweight, and in his 50s. He was not even able to perform the most basic (rehab) exercises, and thought that having constant backaches, muscle and joint pains, and struggling to even sit or walk up and down stairs was completely normal. I was absolutely blown away that he didn't realize that this was not normal. While he was incredibly successful professionally, he had absolutely no motivation when it came to his health or physical well-being.
After working with him for a few months, I was able to help him improve his fitness level to sub-beginner to beginner, and he became able to perform some basic exercises, one of them was sitting down, and standing back up. When we first started he was not able to do this as he was so weak and had so little mobility that doing this very basic task hurt his knees.
The following day, I received a text from this client, he was informing me that he needed to cancel his session for the day as he was in ''complete agony.'' Obviously when you hear the term ''agony'' you are concerned, so I asked him what he meant. To sum it up, he had muscle soreness in his quads and glutes, as they had actually worked for the first time ever. He had so little awareness of his body, and had basically never used his muscles the right way, so doing something as basic as sitting and standing caused severe muscle soreness. I told him that I was thrilled that he had actually used his muscles (while he was doing this I made sure that his form was impeccable and he felt the exercise in the right areas), that this was totally normal, and that he would feel better in a few days. As I predicted, the muscle soreness went away in a couple of days, and from that point on he was able to perform this basic exercise, and others, properly.
Bottom line, it is not normal to live a life where you feel weak, lethargic, and are in a constant state of pain, illness, or discomfort. Performing daily tasks should not be a struggle. The longer you let your fitness level and health deteriorate, and the older you get, the harder it will be to improve. Do something about it now before a major health crisis or injury occurs, and even if you do let it slide for a long time, or have setbacks, it is never too late, it will just be much harder. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is well worth it and will improve your life in all aspects. Unleash your inner athlete and reap the benefits for the rest of your life!