4 Ways to Stay Awesome in Middle Age and Beyond

Exercise will make you look better, feel better, and help speed up your metabolism so you burn more calories throughout the day. As we get older, our metabolism slows down.

This is going to sound harsh, but most people my age (39) and older don’t look so hot now.

 As far as I’m concerned, they’ve officially “let themselves go.”  Maybe it’s because they don’t care anymore, because they’re married now, or have kids, or have a career that takes up most of their time…NONSENSE!

It doesn’t need to be this way! In fact: IT SHOULDN’T BE THIS WAY.

Getting older is a reality, but getting lame is a choice.

As a lifestyle enhancement coach, I’ve worked with many clients on how to recapture that feeling of youth, possibility, and awesomeness that life has to offer for ANYONE.

Here are the 4 ways that have gotten the best results:

1. Be Social and Go Out: I know many people who have stopped going out, especially married couples with kids. Yes, you have responsibilities, but your greatest responsibility is HAPPINESS AND ENJOYMENT FOR YOURSELF. “Is Pete crazy?!” you may ask. Well, a little, but the truth is: it’s important to have fun and GET OUT OF THE HO– — USE.  

Don’t become one of those people who sit home after work 7 days a week or goes out once a year. Human beings are meant to be social. I don’t care if you’re shy or not, you must force yourself to go out and have fun.  Hire a babysitter if you have kids; drink some coffee if you’re tired. (That’s the biggest middle age excuse: “I’m tired.”) Make plans to go out and do something fun. I have found myself being tired in the beginning, but once I pushed myself through it, I ended up having a great time.

Go to a bar.

See a movie.

Go out to eat.

Get together with friends.

Go see an event (music, comedy, theatre, sports)

Take a trip into the city.

2. Keep Music in Your Life: Don’t let music you love slip out of your life. Remember when you were in high school and had a favorite band? Remember how good it made you feel? As we get older, we take on more responsibilities and what ends up happening is: music ends up taking a back seat in our lives. IT SHOULDN’T BE THIS WAY. If you don’t like most of the music today (like me), listen to the music you loved when you were younger. Stay connected to music; listen to it daily and don’t listen to it as background music. Check out new music. Even if you don’t like it, you’ll still be current on what’s happening.

Buy a new CD or download (legally) an album on iTunes.

Listen to music on the way to or from work. Really listen to it (be careful if you’re driving!)

If possible, go see the band in concert. If you can’t, or the band doesn’t exist anymore, watch it on Youtube or on DVD.

Listen to your favorite music while you exercise.

3. Stay Up to Date with Fashion: How you dress affects how you feel. It also affects how others view you. Just because you work at a bank doesn’t mean you have to dress like your grandfather dressed. The two things people notice when they first meet you is how you look, and how you dress. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and spend lots of money on clothes and become superficial. It means you’ve put some thought into your own style.

Is your shirt too big? Are you wearing outdated jeans? How cool do your boots really look? Do the colors you wear most often look good on you?

I once walked into a well-known rock ‘n’ roll clothing store and immediately the sales person told me that my shirt was horrible and didn’t fit me properly. When we went through the pants section, he pointed out that my legs were too athletic to fit into skinny jeans. He was right and I’ve been shopping there for years now and I always ask for his opinion first- not because I can’t make my own decisions, but because I respect his as an expert. Some suggestions:

Pick up some fashion magazines and at least get an idea of what’s happening.

Who do you look up to? How do they dress? Can you ask them for tips or advice?

Go to a respected clothing store and ask for advice.

4. Exercise and Eat Healthy: It’s hard to feel good and look good if you don’t take care of your health. It’s easy to get away with unhealthy living in your early 20s, but it catches up to you in your 30s.

Food is the fuel that your body runs on: Put in junk, feel like junk, look like junk. A healthy diet will give you more energy to become more active in life.

Exercise will make you look better, feel better, and help speed up your metabolism so you burn more calories throughout the day. As we get older, our metabolism slows down. Weekly high-intensity cardio workouts will help you get your heart rate up and combat unwanted weight-gain. Exercise also decreases stress hormones like cortisol and increases endorphins (the body’s natural feel-good chemical).

Join a gym and hire a personal trainer (preferably one who looks healthy and fit).

Don’t fall for fad diets. Read books or magazines about proper nutrition and maybe even seek consultation from a licensed nutritionist.  

Ask someone who seems healthy and fit for their advice.

Make exercise and healthy eating a way of life; not something you do right before summer.

**NOTE: Make sure you consult your doctor first before partaking in any exercise or dietary program!

(Feel free to comment below and email me and let me know how this worked for you!)

~“Pistol” Pete Kaufmann

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