Calling all older guys!! What is the most important advice you can give???

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    Jan 23, 2008 12:15 AM GMT
    I have scrolled through the pics on this site and even did a search of all the guys on here from 40-50 something and am AMAZED at the condition that alot of these guys are in!! Alot of the guys are in way better shape than some of my 20 something friends.

    I would like to know if you fit this category what is the most important advice you can give the rest of us to have a life of health and fitness...and to achieve and maintain the killer bods that you have!!
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    Jan 23, 2008 2:20 AM GMT
    Begin anti-aging therapy as soon as possible (mid to late 20's).

    Exercise. Don't forget cardio. Resistance training is a MUST.

    Eat.

    Don't bake in the sun.

    Don't get overweight, smoke, or hang out with those crowds. They are extremely dangerous.

    Don't sweat the ignorance of youth.
  • liftordie

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    Jan 23, 2008 2:24 AM GMT
    thank your mom and dad each and every day for the genetic blessings they have given you!!
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    Jan 23, 2008 2:36 AM GMT
    You can always look at your parents,and picture what you could look like in 20+ years. That keeps me motivated, even tho' mine are in good shape. I want to be better.icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 23, 2008 3:22 AM GMT
    Always carry defibrillation paddles to a hook-up's house.

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    Jan 23, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    Floss! Floss! Floss!
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    Jan 23, 2008 3:55 AM GMT
    Well, obviously guys on this site will nenver have big stomachs....You can tell when a guy is now fit but once had a big tummy...it just doesn't quite have the look of a flat stomach.


    SPF 30 on the face....even in the winter.

    Spend the money on braces. You are worth it. A great smile makes you look 10 years younger. I'm 50 and people tell me I look like Bob from the Biggest Loser...They say I look like him for one reason because of my smile.

    You'll spend $2500 for a gay cruise....SAVE it and spend it on your teeth.
    I've met many a guy cause they like my smile.

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    Jan 23, 2008 4:11 AM GMT
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    'Advice, like youth, is so wasted on the young...'

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    Jan 23, 2008 4:42 AM GMT
    OK...I'm 29, not necessarily an older guy but I've seen guys in my age group start looking much older than me. People still think I'm 19-21 years old.

    My advice is stability, lots and lots of stability! My diet is the same as it was ten years ago. As I've developed more I've of course increased my protein intake, etc. The key is to figure out how your body operates and then base your diet on that.

    If you're overweight don't go on a diet. Just start eating healthy and give yourself time. Over time your body will get down to what your healthy weight should be. The body thrives on consistency and spikes in weight, even if it's a fast decline, are generally going to increase the aging process. Drink lots of water, stay out of the sun, don't smoke or take recreational drugs and get a bare minimum of eight hours of sleep a night. It's suggested nine hours is best in order to get eight hours of regenerative sleep.

    And of course, staying active. That doesn't mean being a workout buff. You don't need to go to the gym four times a week in order to age well. But working out is great! There's no harm in having a strong machine!

    And finally, probably the most important thing! Always seek out new things to learn and discover. An active and vibrant mind will do more for your looks than anything. It all shows in the face. If you're settling into bitter jaded thinking it will show in how your facial muscles relax and in your posture. It also effects your motivation to stay fit.
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    Jan 23, 2008 5:12 AM GMT
    Take care of your skin... no matter how fit you are, if your skin doesn't look young, you don't.

    Don't worry or stress over trivial stuff... and 99% of it is trivial.

    Keep everything in life as natural as you can... food, clothes, your body, etc. "Better living through chemistry" is a load of crap.

    Eat healthy, work out, stay active.

    Regardless of your age, its only a number and an attitude. Yes, your body changes as you age, but 90% of staying young is in your mind.

    Enjoy every day of your life to its fullest... even the crappy days. You don't get do-overs.

    Keep your mind active... there's always a new experience to be had or new information to learn.

    Don't worry about living up to anyone's expectations except your own. Likewise, don't worry about what anyone else thinks of you, be yourself always.

    Pamper yourself at least a couple times a year. Go do a day at a spa or at least get a facial. Its good for the skin and awesome for your stress level... and there's nothing "girly" about it.

    Approach everything with wisdom in one hand and a sense of humor in the other... apply both as needed.
  • mtnbiker7

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    Jan 23, 2008 5:29 AM GMT
    Don't worry about what other people think.
    Eat good food.
    Drink good coffee.
    Work less.
    Realize that worrying doesn't actually fix anything.
    Go mountain biking. A lot.
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    Jan 25, 2008 8:52 PM GMT
    Get a job that isnt insanely stressful if possible. Stress = cortisol.
  • jarhead5536

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    Jan 25, 2008 8:55 PM GMT
    Start young. It's so much easier to maintain than start new with nothing.

    Slow your life down. There's still plenty of time to get to everything.

    Love someone. Really, truly, deeply, freely.
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    Jan 25, 2008 8:58 PM GMT
    Never stop playing (whatever "play" means to you). Just like with kids, play allows your mind and body to continue developing.
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    Jan 25, 2008 9:01 PM GMT

    Live life with no regrets, that can age you!

    Never judge anyone unless you are prepared to be judge.

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    Jan 25, 2008 9:10 PM GMT
    Number one thing that will help your skin is low dose growth hormone along with helping keep you leaner, as well, and being a good mood elevator.

    It's so important to begin chemical adjustment early on, BEFORE the damage is done.

    Find a doctor that will work with you. There are plenty out there that will.

    There's absolutely no point in buying snake oil / using snake oil, when you can, and should, be using the real things that work.
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    Jan 25, 2008 9:14 PM GMT
    Agreed, Chucky. Shortcuts are for pussies, and you never know when one will come back to bite your ass later in life.
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    Jan 28, 2008 4:18 AM GMT
    Everything that has been posted is what I would say too.
    HOWEVER, remember that we humans are made up mostly of WATER...H2O.
    Drink LOTS of Clean, PURE water all the time! It is the basis of what we are made and how the body transports all of our nutrients and wastes and balances itself...Water, it does the body good!
  • irishkcguy

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    Jan 28, 2008 4:35 AM GMT
    I don't think of myself as old yet either, but I feel like I have lived enough to have some experience. I think the secret to a happy life is to follow your heart and dreams. I feel like most people in American society (I can't comment on what things are like outside the US) are horribly bound to social norms and expectations. In other words, there are certain expectations that most people adhere to: you go to school, you get a job, you get married, you have kids, you buy a house in the suburbs. . . . Most people are afraid to defy these expectations and they wake up one day middle aged and trapped. They simply never made good on the promise of youth.

    I would tell all the guys in their late teens and early 20s to go after any career or life goal they want, regardless of how "realistic" it may be. Don't limit yourself or compromise what is really important to you.
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    Jan 28, 2008 4:44 AM GMT
    Be who you are! For many of us in your age designation (40 - 50) it was a tough mountain to climb because we followed society's expectations... as for that stomach...well, it may not be flat...but at least it's not big.

    And just take a look at those around you that are 10 yrs older than you...if you're ok looking like that, then do nothing....you're guaranteed to get there...otherwise, eat right, exercise and take care of your one and only body! And don't forget to smile. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 28, 2008 5:36 AM GMT
    What great advice from all my "brothers" on here - great for younger guys. Well, I can't add anything new - I just swim my 1000 yards every other day, and lift all the alternate days. Same workout I was taught by the coaches in my water polo days in college. Lots of good water, food, and stay out of the fast food joints. Enjoy your time with good friends and get rid of anyone who drags you down. I've learned there are plenty of great people to have in our lives - let the others go!
  • Squarejaw

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    Jan 28, 2008 5:53 AM GMT
    It's easier to lose a little weight than a lot of weight. Pick some date each year (your birthday? Memorial day -- the beginning of beach season?) and always bring yourself back to peak fitness at that time. That way you'll avoid the slow, gradual, almost imperceptible decline that leaves you wondering how you ended up so out of shape.

    And use quantifiable measures when it comes to defining peak fitness. For me, my waistline has to be below a certain number while my weight has to be above a specific benchmark. For someone else, it might be how fast they can run three miles. But have SOMETHING.
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    Jan 28, 2008 7:21 AM GMT
    Ehhhhhhhh? did I hear someone calling me? I going deaf you know .. Seriously though, I have never really felt old and only really thought about my age once in my mid 30's.

    As far as physical, I think it is important to stay active, get rest, and eat a variety of foods.

    Mentally I would say, be open-minded, be kind-hearted to yourself and others, laugh more than you cry, practice mercy and compassion, see how you fit in the big picture, have something to look forward to everyday, and slow down and practice some sort of inner stillness frequently.
  • fitone

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    Jan 28, 2008 11:14 PM GMT
    stay active and involved. exercise regularly. eat well, i'm amazed at the crap some friends eat. take vitamins and supplements. use moisturizers.
  • toughsell

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    Feb 05, 2008 6:13 AM GMT
    Interesting I haven't yet seen one very important ingredient:

    Flexibility.

    A well balanced exercise regimen includes cardio, strength training, and flexibility.

    When you're 50 or 60 all the lifting, cardio, lotions, vitamins, and lipo in the world won't do any good if you can't straighten your back or raise your arms over your head.