OlderBeast: Five Things to Know About It for 2017

Happy new year, brothers (and sorry for the “clickbait” title of this post – I hate these “X things” headlines, but in this case it feels authentic… though I still won’t do it again until 2018, promise).

Since OlderBeast.com just kicked off recently, this may be the first you’re hearing of it. So, this post is to introduce the concept and suggest a few articles on fitness, nutrition and wellness to help make 2017 your greatest year yet.

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Happy new year, brothers (and sorry for the “clickbait” title of this post – I hate these “X things” headlines, but in this case it feels authentic… though I still won’t do it again until 2018, promise).

You turning 40-something this year? 50- or 60-something or beyond? Wherever you are in the OlderBeast progression (big five-oh for me soon…), I hope 2017 is a year of fitness, health and joy.

Since OlderBeast.com just kicked off recently, this may be the first you’re hearing of it.  So, this post is to introduce the concept and suggest a few articles on fitness, nutrition and wellness to help make 2017 your greatest year yet.

Introducing OlderBeast

I seek a sustainable approach to fitness, nutrition and feeling “whole” for the 2nd half of my life. I want to feel great, look my best, keep getting happier, and live long.

You too? If so, I hope OlderBeast helps with practical advice and actionable philosophy (plus some humor and classic rock/movie references to help it all work).

Come here for ideas on how and why to blend endurance sports, strength & conditioning, getting outdoors, and yoga (yes, yoga)…for non-redundant perspectives on nutrition and coping with injury or conditions…and for a little non-preachy encouragement for using physicality to help realize joy in your life.

Five Things-to-Know About OlderBeast + Related Articles

1. OlderBeast for is for 40+ guys interested in health and well-being for the long haul (not for women; not for all the young dudes).

READ: Gut-Check for Guys…Questioning Your Fitness Approach After 40

I seek a sustainable plan for fitness, nutrition, and feeling “whole” for the 2nd half of my life. I want to feel great, look my best, keep getting happier, and live long.

Of course. But how to really do it? We all face—and can powerfully answer—the same questions (continue reading)…


2. OlderBeast isn’t just for “fitness buffs.” If 2017 is a new (or resumed) fitness and health commitment for you, please feel welcome here!

READ: Guys, You Know It’s Time for Fitness…Here’s How to Start.

I’m passionate about balanced fitness and practical nutrition. But with all the focus here on finer points of tuning your fitness approach, continuing to eat smarter, and mixing the outdoors and adventure into your activities…I worry OlderBeast may feel inaccessible to guys who don’t (currently) make fitness and good nutrition a habit.

OlderBeast isn’t just about getting even fitter and healthier from a solid starting point, though – it’s about getting started from wherever you are (continue reading)…


3. OlderBeast is about you taking charge, to be the architect of your own sustainable-for-decades fitness and nutrition approach.

READ: Packaged Programs? Why Guys Should Declare Independence.

Recently I’m swamped by ads for fitness programs promising unbelievable fast results, declaring themselves better than anything ever conceived before, or playing blatantly to a stereotype of male ego/insecurity.

These are real ad headlines and messages – not satire:

“Build Your Better Body in 28 Days…the sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll have a body so cut, you’ll belong in an underwear ad.”…“The Best New Fat-Blasting Workout on the Planet!”…“SEALFIT – Are You Man Enough?”

The Problem With Highly-Regimented “Programs” (continue reading)…


4. OlderBeast’s nutrition philosophy is the opposite of a “diet.”

READGuys, Don’t Diet! Architect Your Own Nutrition Plan You Can Follow for Decades.

You’ve got decades in front of you, brother, and no matter what else may happen in the outside world, you hold your own key to both physical wellness and its real contributions to mental/spiritual well-being.

Nutrition is a huge part of this, of course.  That’s why there are hundreds of “diets” out there, some linked to food/supplement sales programs that would be logistically complex and very expensive to follow for years or decades.

Some certainly have good science behind them and work well.  But are you going to be “on a diet” or “following a program” every day for the rest of your life (continue reading)….


5. OlderBeast isn’t “just” about fitness and nutrition – it’s about a bigger and more encompassing thing called Wellness.

READ: Get Well Soon, Guys (Fitness & Nutrition = Big Step Toward “Wellness”)

“Wellness.” This is a core part of what 40+ guys want for the second half of our lives. So it’s a major theme at OlderBeast.

But you may think: What does “wellness” actually mean, in general, and for my day-to-day life? (maybe also: does it involve incense, crystals or a homeopathic eye pillow?).

This is my first cut at framing a discussion of these questions (continue reading)…

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I know January is busy (so is every month)…but with your thriving in mind, I hope you check out these and other OlderBeast articles, man.  I await your feedback and, once again, Happy New Year.

“Got a feeling ’17 is going to be a good year.” (paraphrase of The Who, 1921)

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It’s important to keep physically challenging ourselves as we age. That’s why OlderBeast feature things like push-up challenges, exhortations to increase your weekly workout frequency, and calls to keep on running uphill.

But the name of the game is to do it thoughtfully, man — in a way we can sustain for years and hopefully decades. And on some days that calls for a game-time decision to do an EASY workout.

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Maybe a shorter and/or slower run. Or just some light body weight exercises and stretching. Or some lower-intensity cardio on a machine and then a short core routine.

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Granted, there are some fundamental reasons why “definitive” nutrition science remains elusive. And there are legitimate different points of view on some nutrition questions. Like the prominence of carbs in your diet or whether certain fats are good or bad for you. So I don’t advocate ignoring the topic of nutrition entirely, man.

But at the same time, I want to do my part to reinforce this truth: There are a few clear Nutrition Do’s and Don’ts you should follow starting with your next meal, man. Don’t let uncertainties or controversies elsewhere in Nutrition Land interfere with that.

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Got Milk, or Not? Here’s How to Cut Through the Dairy Controversy.

OTHER THAN ORGANIC VEGETABLES, it seems like everything supposedly good for you also has “yeah, but” warnings about it.

Fish…mercury. Fruit…too much sugar. Nuts…high-calorie. Whole grains…carbs!

Dairy is controversial this way. Some very fit guys drink milk, eat dairy products, and use post-workout recovery drinks and energy bars with milk proteins. Others entirely shun dairy.

What should YOU do? Let’s look at pro’s and con’s, and my two cents on sorting this out to make your own decision.

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Drinking Challenge with a Twist: Drink *Less* Alcohol to Improve Your Fitness!

You might not like where I’m going with this article, man. So I might as well lay it on the table upfront: you should probably cut down on the booze.

Yeah, studies periodically find some health benefits from modest alcohol consumption. But the fact is, for a 40+ guy doubling down on fitness to help maximize his decades ahead, alcohol has multiple negative properties that outweigh the positives. Drinking sparingly is thus a smart move for an OlderBeast.

Here’s a rundown of alcohol’s negative impacts on fitness, and links to a few useful expert articles if you want to go deeper.

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