OK, you're reading this, so you're probably getting older - whatever that means. At Silver Grey Sports Club, we don't tend to use the words old or older as we feel that there is a subjective judgement in deciding what is or is not old - and generally it's not a positive one. We use "past the age of 50"
OK, you're reading this, so you're probably getting older - whatever that means. At Silver Grey Sports Club, we don't tend to use the words old or older as we feel that there is a subjective judgement in deciding what is or is not old - and generally it's not a positive one. We use "past the age of 50" as the description of the area we cover since that is purely factual, no subjectivity involved. So let's accept that you are over 50, since that is our fairly arbitrary starting age.
In addition, since this is a web-site concerning extreme/adventure sports for those over the age of 50, might we assume that sports, and the physical life, are interests of yours?
And both of those being the case, if you're not a regular visitor at SGSC you might be looking at the possibilities for continuing your sporting life and feeling that it's all downhill from here, that you're only looking at a long slow decline until whatever happens last … happens. Well, you can't think like that if you want to join our club!
We do accept that there are some people who achieve such levels of performance in their prime that the only way is down. If you won Olympic gold, then the chances are that once you stop doing that you won't get better, only worse (although in the case of the equestrian events there were quite a few successful competitors past the age of 50). In fact, going down the scale a bit one could apply this idea to all professional athletes, professional sportsmen and women. They need to be the best they can be during the course of their careers, not afterwards, so they will make the most of their potential and have little or no 'headroom' to exploit as the years pass.
But for everyone else, mere mortals, those who didn't maximise their physical potential early in life, is it true that you can only get worse? We don't believe so.
We believe that for everyone else, who loves their sport, who loves an active life, who wants to use and enjoy their body, there is 'headroom' on the meter measuring their physicality, room to improve.
You didn't make a career of sport, perhaps, but you have the passion now. You didn't maximise your potential at an earlier age, so exploit the unused potential now. Research is coming up with more and more evidence to reinforce the idea that working at your physical condition at any age does bring results, it's not wasted effort. Start at whatever level you are, train hard and aim to be just a little better each day. Aim to improve, even just a small bit, with every training session. And every improvement, however small, gives support to the idea that you don't just give up, you keep working on your conditioning. You probably aren't going to win Olympic medals and Tennis Grand Slams (you might consider entering Masters Games if you're of a competitive bent) but if you work at it there is no reason to feel that you can't achieve a continual improvement in your physical and sporting life. The competition isn't with anyone else, it isn't with how you or anyone else might have been twenty, thirty or forty years ago, it's with how you are today and how you can be tomorrow.
So that's the aim. No medals, no prizes, just continual improvement.