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Its Easier To Maintain Fitness Than To Rebuild It.

How many times have we looked at celebrities well into their 50’s and 60’s and “wow’d” at how healthy and youthful they look. I’m not talking about having a face that looks 22, I’m talking about a lean, trim physique and a glow to the face that exudes youth. For example Bruce Springsteen turns 64 this week—and he looks great. Helen Miren, Jane Fonda, Christie Brinkley to name a few. And who can forget the incredible vigor of Jack Lalanne?

They all must be doing something right to look and perform as they does in their 50-s and 60’s.

What are they doing right—and how can we replicate their success.

Celebrity Role Models. These are great performers in the history of their respective fields. They exercise and watch what they eat. They find places to exercise when the logistics are not ideal. And they have connected with their fans on a long-term basis. If you look at almost anything that has been written on healthy aging, they are examples of what to do and how to age well. Now granted we can all say that they have more time and money to facilitate a healthy lifestyle, and yes that may be true. But facilitating a healthy lifestyle is a choice and a commitment which actually requires little or no money. All you have to do is decide that it is a priority.

I think the basic premise is to Keep it Simple. If you can’t follow a plan consistently, eventually you will give up. Your program should be sustainable for years and years. Compliance is key. And you don’t need a lot of time for it, you just need to make time for it that is not negotiable. For example, Springsteen has been following a simple fitness program for the last 30 years. He alternates running four to six miles with strength training every other day. He also watches what eats and is mostly vegetarian. Incredibly, when you consider the entertainment world, he has been able to stay away from drugs. He also finds places to exercise when he is on the road.

Find a positive vision and pursue it. There are a lot opportunities to pursue things that have little meaning yet take up an enormous amount of your time. Choose ones that are worthy of your time which is limited and valuable. One that brings out the best in you and those around you and don’t look back.

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