Why would a seventy-year-old ever need to be fast? First, you have to examine the six qualities of youthfulness: flexibility, strength, speed, leanness, ideal body weight, good posture. These are qualities that all athletes have, and they all work in synch.
You’ll never find an athlete who wants to be slower. However, speed cannot exist without flexibility and strength. If you are inflexible or weak, you will certainly be slow and more prone to injuries. As we age, our responses become slower and slower, so focusing on being faster trains your brain to respond more quickly in all actions. So if you trip, you can catch yourself before you fall and fracture a hip.
In the Happy Body, we treat the brain as another organ that has to be taken care of and trained in conjunction with the rest of the body. And if you have the other qualities of youthfulness, you’ll always bounce back. Happy Bodies are more like rubber balls than glass sculptures: what can be a break for someone less fit ends up being just a strain for a Happy Body.
So speeding up when everyone else is slowing down is a very good idea.
Learn more about the six qualities of youthfulness in The Happy Body: The Simple Science of Nutrition, Exercise and Relaxation by Aniela & Jerzy Gregorek.