"I'm tired, doc. I think age is getting to me."
This is a mistaken assumption made by many people as they grow older. Some even when they are only in their 40s. Even if you are well into your senior years, this does mean that age is catching up to you if you are constantly feeling fatigued, or are having a hard time getting around.
Aging does not equal a decline.
A lack of energy or fatigue is a very gradual process, and when these symptoms suddenly become apparent, it's time for a doctor visit. Symptoms like fatigue, depression, appetite loss and weakness are not necessarily markers of aging.
Fatigue can be caused by lack of sleep, medications, poor nutrition, thyroid issues and substance abuse. It's not caused because you are now 60 years old.
If you are depressed and apathetic for extended periods of time, pay attention. Persistent sadness can be caused by underlying serious illnesses.
Appetite loss can result in weight loss which in many cases can be a cause for concern. While aging does result in a loss of strength (about 15% per decade after 50), becoming frail due to a lack of proper nutrition becomes a real concern.
A significant loss in strength can be a sign of an underlying issue that, if not treated, can lead to a lack of mobility and freedom. Falling and losing independence is a fast path to a decline in the quality of life in your senior years.
One way to slow down the effects of normal aging is to stay physically active. Not just walking or running. We now know that strength training is just as important as cardio exercise, maybe even more so.
Cardio does not make use of your upper body musculo-skeletal system. Muscles and bone require challenges to keep them active and healthy. They need to work. And with the right weight training, your cardiovascular system will also improve.
Time to get active.