I’ve met mountaineers who didn’t start until they retired (it is a time-consuming activity), then got the bug and never stopped. They weren’t super-fit when they started, but they are in their 80s now and would likely be dead or pushing around a frame if they hadn’t taken up hard exercise. I don’t see why the rest of us can’t aspire to the same.
Craig, thanks kindly. What I continually learn is how much the body gives back when we ask. All that enormous energy folks put into excuses for why not end up in a whole lotta energy going to the doctor, hospitals and too early to the hospice. Just this morning on my three mile run ( and I was in NO MOOD for it but did it anyway so am feeling righteous) I ran into a 76 year old just out walking. She was superbly healthy. We don’t have to summit to prevent suffering. We simply need to move, pick a goal, and get going. When folks with no arms and legs can get to the top of Kilimanjaro, well, I have a tough time with excuses.