The OlderBeast Way to Fitness, Nutrition & Joy for 40+ Guys

40+ men are less well-served by existing “fitness and health” media than women and younger guys.

I created OlderBeast to address this gap. If offers friendly advice and occasional inspiration from a “regular guy” who built up important insights and results-producing approaches, via his (my) own experimentation and life experience over the last 13 years.

To help you get started, I’ve published a free e-book: The OlderBeast Way. I hope it helps you thrive, brother.

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40+ men are less well-served by existing “fitness and health” media than women and younger guys. So, I created OlderBeast to address this gap.

If offers friendly advice and occasional inspiration from a “regular guy” who built up important insights and results-producing approaches, via his (my) own experimentation and life experience over the last 13 years.

To help you get started, I’ve published a free e-book: The OlderBeast Way. I hope it helps you thrive, brother.

For a little more context on OlderBeast.com, and a quick summary of what’s in the e-book, read on.

OlderBeast: Context

At some point (40? 45? 50? – it varies), most guys realize some things about themselves and their (hopefully many) coming decades walking the Earth as men.

I’m not “old”…but I AM older. Older guys I admire (and the best version of my future self that I imagine) don’t shrink from this or fall into sad nostalgia. They embrace it with strength, grace and a game plan to keep on thriving. A smart and dedicated focus to fitness and nutrition is a vital part of this plan!

When you’ve crossed this OlderBeast threshold, you start seeking:

Practical, sustainable approaches to maintain a blend of endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. Also, a doable-for-you approach to nutrition to take care of yourself from the inside out, and gain every advantage you can vs. time and health threats.

A supportive source of information and inspiration to get on track with these things, or stay there and keep fine tuning them (all of us sometimes need to get back-on-track; OlderBeast is for you no matter what your current starting point!).

 Enhancement of the joy, serenity and meaning you find in the second half of your life, with fitness and nutrition as key contributors to these precious things.

Therefore, OlderBeast’s mission: Help you be “Architect & Manager” of your own Wellness, in a self-sustaining way you’ll follow long-term. Help you interpret, prioritize and orchestrate all the other information and advice out there. Keep perspective and a sense of humor…these are critical ingredients.

Why the name “OlderBeast”?

Well, we already talked about the “Older” part. “Beast” is for two reasons.

First, more obviously, it’s a symbol of continued masculine strength and vitality (we’re not giving up on this, are we man?). You think only young beasts are strong? Tell that to a nine year-old lion, a 15 year-old grizzly or an 18 year-old horse (all these ages are about 60% of the way through these animals’ life span).

Also, “beast” as in a creature in its natural state, serene and untroubled by the stresses and claustrophobia that our modern world can impose on a man. At a physical level, we’re creatures, too—and for at least part of each day I strive to feel the simple contentedness that comes with a focus on the physical part of being alive.

Strong, at peace, even noble—that’s the Beast part of OlderBeast.

The OlderBeast Way: Preview of E-book’s “Nine Laws”

The OlderBeast Way describes these core principles and brings them to life with real-world approaches, tips and tricks.

1. Focus on the biggest goals: feel great, look your best, keep getting happier, and live long. Become Architect and Manager of your own Wellness to pursue them.

2. But don’t make a mountain out of starting or re-starting fitness or improving your diet. Define small initial targets for things to do and don’t do…achieve those, and momentum will develop.

3. Mix workouts for a blend of endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. For age 40 and beyond, most of us need to add more variety to our fitness routines.

4. Adopt high-level guiding principles to guide your workout regimen week-to-week. Don’t be a long-term slave to someone else’s pre-defined “programs.”

5. Don’t “diet,” but develop a way of eating that follows some basic Do/Don’t principles in a way that works for YOU. Don’t seek nutrition perfection (rather, think high batting average).

6. Include yoga and swimming in your physical routine. Lots of guys “know” these are great things to do, but let common mental barriers deny them the benefits. Overcome this.

7. Include the right amount of running (or walking/hiking) in your physical routine, and dedicated strength training. For most guys, the mix of each of these things is too high or too low.

8. Remember, Serenity and Joy matter. Workouts should be a key contributor to these life-affirming (and life-lengthening!) feelings. Get outside sometimes, ensure you get some solitude, and take advantage of the “mind-body” benefit of being physical.

9. Take care of yourself the same way you take care of people and things you love. If you want to achieve fitness/health goals (and be there for loved ones), this is “must.”

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So, gentlemen, I hope you benefit from The OlderBeast Way, and continue to capitalize on the stuff you’ll find at OlderBeast.com. Feedback is always welcome!

“Ah, but I was so much older then. I’m younger than that now.” (Bob Dylan, My Back Pages – click to listen to this classic cover by The Byrds)

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We’re not 25 anymore, physically (duh). But 40++ guys (and gals) can feel pretty darn good if they’re physically active, eat well, get enough sleep and manage stress. And perform pretty well too – in endurance events, strength activities, skill sports and daily life.

Consider these recent news items. A 52-year-old guy set the world record for most push-ups in an hour. At the USA Track & Field masters’ championships, women in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 80’s, 90’s and 100’s turned in “age-defying” performances.

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I’ve researched this a bit, and here are my conclusions so far. Yeah, our “VO2max” aerobic capacity is lower, and we have less fast-twitch muscle fiber for explosive things like sprinting and jumping. But there are also several pieces of good news from research, brothers.

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REAL fitness New Year’s Resolution: “I Will Discover What’s *Really* Been Holding Me Back.”

So many guys know they need to lose weight, improve cardio health, and/or battle the decline of strength and flexibility. They know all the reasons why and they know reasonably well what to do. But still…time passes. Periods of resolve (especially around New Year’s) are followed by longer periods of less discipline. The body-and-soul health gap grows larger. And the long-term game plan to address it recedes into the fuzzy future.

In truth, do you recognize yourself here? This was me circa 2004 by the way, so please don’t hear this question as criticism or judgment. I’m describing, at least, a sizable minority of 45+ guys. Maybe even a majority.

If you’re one of them, I respectfully believe you need a different kind of 2018 New Year’s resolution, man. Not just to “work out more” or “join a new gym.” These kinds of resolution are easy to make but so hard to keep over time. (So is “eat better,” but nutrition is its own major topic and here I’m sticking to the exercise component of fitness).

Here’s a resolution that may sound harder to start acting on, but which is much more likely to really matter in your life. “In 2018, I’m going to discover and attack the root cause – cognitive or emotional – of my persistent under-attention to fitness and health.”

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