I started Judo in May of 2010, at age 34. I was overweight, very out of shape, etc. It took me a couple months to be able to do the entire Judo warmup without having to pause and sit on the side for awhile. But, I've stuck with it.
Today, we just had our health insurance employee wellness screenings and for the first time I had zero risk factors. This is based on things like blood pressure, BMI / Waist Circumference, blood glucose measurements, cholesterol, etc. Because I have zero risk factors I got a $45 bonus and extra money every paycheck to offset the cost of health insurance.
THANKS JUDO! I'm so glad I've stuck with it these past few years. I'm looking forward to many more. If you are a beginner on the fence, and you are frustrated that you can't throw anyone, and it's hard, and you hurt, and falling hurts, etc, stick with it; it gets a lot better over time and your skills will improve slowly but surely. Also, you'll wake up one day and realize how much healthier you've become. Sure, maybe your joints are shot, but still, much healthier