It was 1973. I was 25 years old at the time. I remember the morning well. I had just gotten out of the shower, and I was standing bare-chested in front of the bathroom mirror as I was about to shave. I looked in admiration at my healthy, fit and youthful body. And then, something struck me. An idea. An inspiration. A promise. All of these might be adequate ways of describing what went through my mind in that moment. I then, in that moment, made a promise to myself. I promised that I would never let an old man move into my body.
At the time, I didn’t truly realize the profound significance of that promise, but it is a commitment that I have kept to this day. The result? I am enjoying an amazing, healthy, youthful and abundant life today at 62 years young. With the right attitude, and having taken proper care of myself through right eating and correct physical exercise (weight training), I look and feel almost as I did when I was 25 years old, that is, my weight and measurements are the same, and there is hardly a wrinkle on my face. Accident? Good fortune? Or just good genes? I don’t think so.
People Age Differently Even Through Two People May Have Been Born In Exactly the Same Year and On the Same Day
People do not age the same. If you doubt this, then you have not been very observant of life and the people in it. There is a key concept or core belief on which hinges the destiny of your ongoing youth and vitality – or lack of it. There is a question that I would ask you. And this is the question. At what age do you become “old”? Now, think about it a moment before you answer.
It is fascinating for me to hear the responses to this question by people. I hear: 50 years old. 60 years old. 70 years old. 80 years old. I have even heard someone say at 40 years because this is the age when one is then “over-the-hill”. Well, all of them are right – and all of them are wrong, at the same time.
Whatever the age that you personally believe is the age to become old is the age to become old for you. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” If you are 40 years old, and if you make certain statements such as “When I get old at 60…” you are setting yourself up for twenty years of negative programming to become old as soon as you reach 60!
And What Exactly is “Old”? What Does “Old” Really Mean?
When your really think about it, the true unspoken meaning of “old” is really “unable”. To be old, means to be “unable”. So once you program yourself to become “old”, at that age, whatever age number you have decided, you begin to look “old”, feel “old” and act “old”. This is how it really works.
If You Expect To Become “Old”, You Will Age Prematurely
Why expect to become “old” at all? Why not accept youth and health as who you really are? If you no longer believe that a certain age equals “old”, and if you also take care of your health, nutritionally speaking and with the right type of exercise (with weights), then that “old” man or that “old” woman is no longer able to move into your body.
Yours in health,
“The 12-Week Fitness Guru”
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