Have you ever seen on older person that just looks “so-so” and people around them say things like…
“She looks GREAT for her age!”
You nod in agreement…
…but in the back of your mind, you believe that you will be in better condition when you reach that same age.
If you are young?
I encourage you to think like this.
…but staying fit and vibrant won’t happen by accident.
It requires work and mental toughness.
…especially from your late 30’s onward.
If you are 35 or older?
The free ride of looking and feeling great with minimal effort is OVER.
You don’t realize how easy you had it in your 20’s and 30’s…until you are in your 40’s and beyond.
As you get older, don’t just sit back and age gracefully!
“Aging Gracefully” just sounds so passive.
Fight aging until you have no fight left.
Starting at around the age of 40-50, the vast majority of people slowly become shells of their former selves.
I plan on working hard at staying young.
“So many adventures couldn’t happen today. So many songs we forgot to play. So many dreams are swinging out of the blue. We let them come true. Forever young, I want to be forever young.” – Alphaville
Note: “Forever Young” was a actually a song about the possibility of nuclear war. It was written in 1984…and for those of you who weren’t around back then, the possibility of a nuclear was a real thing! Pretty freaky actually.
Don’t aim for average!
Have higher standards for your life.
When it comes to aging extremely well and staying fit, it is hard to find a better example than Keanu Reeves.
Here’s a picture taken from a scene in the movie John Wick.
He looks great for his age!
…and I mean that.
Keanu Reeves was 50 when John Wick was filmed.
He looks incredible for 50.
Most of us aren’t ever going to be that handsome.
…but we can maintain our strength and mobility if we work at it like Keanu obviously has.
An example of a 50+ year-old female who is vibrant and youthful?
Susanna Hoffs (lead singer of The Bangles).
There are a lot of great looking 50+ year old women in Hollywood who look great for their age, BUT…
Most have had a decent amount of work done on their face.
(My guess is that Susanna Hoffs has had some work done).
Ignore the face and take a look at the shape they keep themselves in.
Here’s a picture of Susanna Hoffs taken at the age of 51.
Note: In the 80’s I’m betting that she smelled like Aqua Net™ hair spray. All the sexy ladies in the 80’s with big hair rocked that stuff. It made for awesome teased-out hair, but good luck trying to run your fingers through that!
Susanna Hoffs obviously watches her diet and exercises.
- She has great arm and leg definition.
- She looks like she has stayed slim her entire life.
I’ve never met anyone over 50 who looks fit and defined by accident.
She is also working with good genetics.
My thoughts on plastic surgery?
It’s not my thing, but if it makes someone feel better about themselves? I’m cool with that.
The downside of plastic surgery, in my opinion, is that it takes away a lot of what makes a person unique looking.
This is what I notice whenever I visit LA.
Lot’s of pretty girls, who all start to look the same after a while.
Again, this is just my opinion.
What if you don’t have awesome genetics like Keanu or Susanna?
Be like Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak Ridge!
Clint was 56 when this movie was filmed.
…and he looks 56.
He isn’t “aging gracefully”.
He is kicking ass regardless of his age!
There is no problem with looking your age.
Just make sure you are the most bad-ass energetic man or woman you can possibly be!
You are NOT going to beat wrinkles and obvious age patterns.
…but you can have a body that operates decades younger than your actual age.
Where do most people screw up?
The majority of people focus on diet, but my research has shown it is lack of proper exercise that accelerates the aging process.
Your body begins to break down and decay in your 40’s and 50’s… it becomes the body’s default mode.
Why does this happen?
From an evolutionary point of view, we aren’t as useful after our childbearing years.
We aren’t reproducing…
…and we are taking up valuable resources like water and food.
Young pregnant couples like these are NOT happy about it!
Don’t get fooled by the innocent look in the picture above.
That couple just Googled “How to make old people disappear”.
…and they are laughing about it!
If that young guy does try and come after you?
I want you to go Heartbreak Ridge and show him what’s up!
Obviously, it isn’t Old People VS Pregnant Couples.
…but you got to admit, it is funny to imagine.
It’s us against a body that wants to wither away by default.
There is only one way to slow this process to a crawl.
It is with exercise.
My research has uncovered some interesting findings.
I will discuss this in part 2.
Hint: Most of us are WAY below the threshold it takes to override the strong genetic code of decay. We need to exercise much more than what the mainstream media suggests.