Mom- For Pete's sake Andy, I am 76 and your dad is 77 and we walk everywhere. You probably need to swim when you get the chance, get a fresh suntan, rent a bicycle, take lots of short walks throughout the day and who knows perhaps you might be able to run in a marathon if you traveled to the right place. Your Grandpa Graham was 92 when he died. He was still a walker even in the nursing home where everyone chuckled when he took his lady friend to the entertainment room to dance and bowl. Your body is made of a strong constitution and you come from ancestors who lived to be really old and healthy. Stop fussing.
I am trying to find the fountain of you, I think:
1. Making friends with people under 30.
2. Finding some sports I like.
3. Change countries less, so I can work into my travels exercises..
4. Go the beach areas more.
I am doing some very specific muscle exercises that help. People I am not worried, I just backpacked through Haiti for two months. The 20-30 group seem incapable of doing this, I should slow down and allow them to catch up.
I am aware though, my body is working against me, and walking long distances is required to be a traveler.
If you are interested you can always come here to Crestline and practice on the snow:
giggle @ what Mom said............ Just like a Mom, stop whining and go outside and play.
I'm a few years older than you and I ride a bike daily. The ankles can't take the long walks needed to do any good. I believe the boomers will be the last generation to look good in old age. Remember when we played outside all day? I read that 1 in 4 children now are already obese!
Your Mom said it best and lucky you for having longevity in your family.
I have gained all the 60 lbs of weight back which it took me 2 years to lose in 2005 and 2006. I look GROSS and KNOW I really need to take off traveling again. Whenever I travel alone I keep moving and lose weight without trying much. Finding activities or projects which excite and motivate me help keep my energy level up with a friendlier frame of mind. The terms, "grouchy old man" or "stinky old man" or "dirty old man" exist because they seem to apply to many people and as you mentioned when I cross paths with people within 10 years younger or older than my age, 56, most of the time I find them a bit boring and "OLD" and have difficulty being with them for more than very short periods of time. Even being this much grossly overweight my wife and I climbed Diamond Head and Koko Head in Hawaii and doesn't prevent us from walking 4 or more miles daily.
Finding the right travel companion could help solve some of your problems like mentioned above but I don't think age is such a factor. Many people in the early 20s are too LAZY to be active, avoid pain and sweating and rarely are financially independent. Someone in their 30s or 40s might make a better activity buddy.