Moving all day long but still unfit!?

I play tennis three times a week.

I have a personal trainer twice a week.

I walk the dogs 4km three times a week.

I run around after my kids 6 hours, 7 days a week.

I work at a standing desk.

STILL I am unfit!

I recently decided to kick the fitness regime up a notch – smug in my presumption that I didn’t really need to as I was already very active. I headed off to the gym planning on an easy 20 minute run on the treadmill to start things off.  Something seemed awry when I could barely keep up at the fairly low number 8 setting.  Five minutes in I was panting and hopping onto the side rails for a rest.  I barely managed the full 20 minutes,  my confidence and hubris gone.

How could I still be so unfit when I move and am active every day?

Needless to say, I’ve been shocked into action.  The new goal: 40 minutes on the treadmill @ 10km per hour.  Not super-fast, but when I get there I will officially declare myself fit again.

It really is true that over the age of 40 we have to increase our exercise as it gets harder to simply maintain our physical bodies, let alone improve.