Yesterday I had my first outdoor soccer game of the season and... well... let's just say my squad didn't exactly put on a clinic of soccer excellence. After the game we all go for some sushi lunch and shoot the breeze about the match.
Our team is about 5-8 25 year olds, 5 or 6 30ish and a few late 30's players. So, one of the people in their 30's comments on their conditioning/speed and how "Well, this is just what happens when age catches up with you."
I really do not have any scientific evidence to back me up on this, but part of me wonders how true that really is. When you hit your late 20's and early 30's, you are out of school and working full-time. For a lot of people, that means being some sort of desk jockey in comparison to being in college or grad school where you are a lot more active, not sitting in one spot for extended periods of time and have a more flexible schedule than the 9-5/8-6'er.
So here's what I was hoping to get some thoughts from others on. Do you think:
1) Many people end up suffering some kind of diminished athletic performance due to the aging process; or
2) That spending the bulk of your day in a fairly inactive state at work takes a big toll on your performance (I am thinking more along the lines of sports) even when you are pretty diligent in your workouts or hitting the gym?
I am thinking that while age certainly plays a role, that a working lifestyle (especially one in an office environment) takes a huge toll. In my mind, way too many people use age as a really convenient excuse for why they are doing x, y or z worse than they used to. I often wonder that if I was as active consistently throughout the day as I was in law school, what would my general athletic performance be like these days.