This past weekend saw a fantastic BCA seminar in Wakefield taught by Peter and Iain. One interesting discussion was around getting older and getting old. Anyone who's trained with Peter must be impressed with his physicality at his age. Peter's view is that getting older is unavoidable but that doesn't mean we must get old. I'm sure there have been discussions on here in the past. A phrase I use in work is that I can treat very "old" sixty year olds and very "young" ninety year olds. To suggest that "age is just a number" is naive to say the least, but for the lucky or determined ones increasing age is surmountable.
Personally I'm hurtling towards 40 and I have martial friends who are struggling at a similar age. I confess that my physical fitness isn't as it should be and I know I'm capable of far more, should I devote more time to it. However, I don't think there's anything in martial arts that I've stopping doing as I've gotten older. Chronic knee injuries rather than age mean I don't like the idea of day of throwing because that's a day of knee pain from standing up afterwards. I also don't like squats for the same reason. If I run up stairs (which I do in work to respond to emergency bleeps) that I find myself in agony in my knees but not out of breath.
I digress but my point holds. I do find that injuries take longer to heal now but intellgent training can negate this to a large degree.
What are the general thoughts; is Peter right or is he a physical annomoly?