How far have you fallen from the best shape you have ever been in? Or... are you in the best shape of your life?
I'll start - I've fallen a long ways... but I've made a bit of a come back.
The best shape of my life... Early 20's; 5'10"; 166 lbs; under 5% body fat; Ran a mile in under 5:20; competed in powerlifting events; and had a 40 inch vertical jump.
Worst shape of my life... late 30's; 242 lbs; body fat??; don't think I could run a mile then, stopped lifting weights, i could still jump quite well... maybe 30 inch? developed diabetes.
Now... late 40's; 220 lbs, body fat about 20%; Ran a mile in 9:40; completed a 203 mile one-day bicycle ride; Tried the weights again (still pretty strong... for an old guy, but not much stamina), i can't touch the rim anymore on a basketball standard, and the diabetes has gotten worse.
I'll never get back to the best shape of my life, but I'd like to continue to move in that direction and become an alumni of this forum. Age has an affect on fitness, however, I'm sure that my sedentary lifestyle for many years had a much more significant affect. The cycling is fun, the inspiration I get from others in the forum is appreciated, and becoming more fit is getting me back to sports/hobbies that enjoyed when I was fit... tennis, softball, hiking, and even skateboarding.
I'm having fun, but it's amazing to look back and see how far the fitness level has fallen over the years.