Now, I would never trade being 49 years old, there are some great benefits to it, but if I wasn’t in as good a physical health as I am currently in, I would absolutely hate this time in my life. So if you’re one of those who is interested in getting the most out of your short time here on earth, follow along with this series and see if we can’t have our cake, and eat it too!
I have always been the active type… forever outdoors doing something. I inherited it from the many male influences in life, including the man I am proud to call my father. They taught me so many things including hunting and fishing as well as living off the land. I can rebuild an engine (unless of course it’s one of those new fangled hybrid electronic contraptions) or build a house; all courtesy of those incredible men, but they never talked much about physical fitness or male health. They worked with their hands and earned from the sweat of their brows, keeping in shape from the hard labor that built our country. So I basically had to learn about male health and fitness on my own, which included the teenage stories we heard in the locker rooms and the several years of schooling I managed to attain in my 20s and 30s.
Now, I am most certain there was some type of “man code” years ago, handed down from generation to generation that precluded discussing things like “prostate health”or “erectile dysfunction” (and I find that completely understandable, as I don’t typically talk “penis function” over beers with my buddies). Although it’s too bad that we weren’t taught a bit more candor when it concerns these areas, because I believe a lot of deaths or failed marriages could’ve been avoided if only we had. Now it’s time we overcome some of those “old school” stigmas and talk a little bit more about male health once in a while.
I don’t watch much television anymore (ain’t nobody got time for that), but I do notice that some of our aging male “Hollywood superstuds” are getting pretty “buffed” up, and doing so in record time. I’m not gonna pick on any one person particularly, but some of these guys are going from that “lazy, dumpy, beer bellied” look to “rocky” hard “top guns” in less than a month. Now I know they have relatively easy lives, and can afford the latest, greatest “herbal” remedies on the market, in fact some are getting paid “big bucks” endorsing those products, but do they really work? The sports supplement industry says they do, as they continue to make millions of dollars every year off these so-called “Fountains of Youth” without any true proof of them working. Well it must work, they are still in rock hard shape, right? Yeah, I wouldn’t count on it. So what is it that is allowing these “old guys” to look like they’re “thritysomething” Chippendales dancers? TESTOSTERONE , a good diet and a solid workout program!
Bingo! But wait, isn’t that the infamous and highly illegal (in the United States anyway) yet non-addictive drug of choice for “body building muscle freaks?”. Why yes it is, and this article and the many more to follow, will show the “good, the bad and the ugly” side of testosterone. Why it was banned? Why it’s been legally available in foreign countries for so long? As well as why there are so many television commercials claiming that it’s killing millions of men?
I will also incorporate different exercise programs, nutrition and general health issues we as males will need in our arsenal as we age. Now this doesn’t mean that some,if not most of these topics will not apply to our women readers, but they are going to be tailored for men from 20 to 70 and beyond. Not to worry though ladies, we have several of our fitness chicks on staff just waiting to share with y’all too.
Now as I do this series, I will also be tracking my progress as I embark my own “male hormone replacement therapy program” from Royal Mens Medical Center (an at home treatment program). Yeah, I know… Any guy who needs testosterone therapy must be less of a man… “Cuz real men have a surplus of that shit coursing through their veins.” Maybe you do, maybe you don’t, but the fact of the matter is; testosterone starts decreasing in our 20s, and continues on a downward spiral after age 30. If you don’t stay in shape and exercise regularly, the stress of adulthood can cause additional drops in testosterone levels that you simply will not recover from. Supplementation of this hormone may be the single most prolific advance in male health. It’s not a “magic” pill that just makes you healthy, but combined with a healthy diet and exercise program, it could make “50 the new 30″.
I hope that everyone who reads this series, will take something away that can help them. Whether it is tips on nutrition, fitness, exercise or the supplements that help create a healthier body, there are ways to make your life a bit more interesting and fruitful as you age. So remember, being physically fit isn’t always about having that ultra-ripped look (although it does help), but it’s also about having the confidence you can gain from being the very best you can be.
Exercise is the true “Fountain of Youth”, and it is paramount to ensuring an active lifestyle till they put you in the ground, but if there are a few things we can do to make it a bit easier (things most people aren’t willing to discuss), then why not explore those “other” things too, right?
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So here’s to; “getting out there and enjoying life”, now and into the future!