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"We're almost 40 and dropping like flies."

Who knew frozen peas make such a perfect ice pack?

The mid-life fitness craze is sweeping the country. Women who got away with neglecting their health and fitness in their twenties, who did enough to scrape by in their thirties, are now in their late thirties and early forties and they are finally waking up to an interesting fact.

When you are mid-life, the diet tips and tricks that used to work now do nothing at all for you.

My friends and I are all in this stage of our lives and while five years ago we were happy to go out for a big dinner, cocktails and dessert we’re now scheduling light jogs and comparing notes on weight loss programs. We’re jittery. We feel like this is our last chance to be as fit and healthy as possible.

The problem is that we’re dropping like flies.

This can be a dangerous class...

In my friendship circle alone, we're dealing with the following:

Shin splints due to jogging on the road instead of the grass;

A sprained ankle due to tripping over a lump of grass;

A weak ankle and knee that can only cope with two 20 minute jogs per week, max;

A shoulder strain due to the mistaken belief that full pushups are possible;

Another sprained ankle due to slipping on sweat left by someone at an aerobics class.

It's enough to make you want to go to bed at 8.30pm with a cup of tea and a good book.

Are we too old to achieve the health and fitness goals we feel like we're running out of time to achieve? Or have we just had a bad run...pun intended?

Regular "breaks". Also known as, being out of breath.

In our quest to follow the trend of turning 40 with a body that looks a bit like Cameron Diaz - even if it's just by dying our hair blonde - we've now discovered some interesting facts:

Frozen peas make an excellent ice pack;

$200 cross trainers don't prevent sprains;

Lorna Jane workout gear does not an athlete make;

We can't have our cake and eat it too;

It's really hard to get the kids ready for school when our muscles are screaming at us.

So what's the moral to this story. Should we all just give up? Should we just pack it all in and try and age gracefully? Should we eat a raw diet and do gentle yoga instead?

Or should we just stock up on frozen peas and keep trying?

Stock up on frozen peas, of course. Because while we may not be doing all that well at the moment but we're having a bloody good time trying. Comparing 'war wounds' is our new pastime, much more fun than our usual topics of conversation like how school is failing our children and how politicians are ruining the country (okay, okay, we've never actually properly discussed these things).

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So get your frozen peas on and then get moving. And tripping, and scraping, and scratching and falling.

See you out there.

What obstacles have you encountered by trying to improve your health and fitness later in life?

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