This is a huge topic, as long term happiness is what we're really all after.…
Every person is unique. We are all going to have different goals, often very different long-term goals. Everyone will want differing lifestyle’s, levels of income, strength, a different kind of family, career etc.
We are also going to have different physique goals; levels of muscularity, strength and body fat. But, given these inherent differences, what are the baseline health goals we should all be striving for?
Hitting Our Baselines
Number 1 – Feel 10 years younger than you have any right to
Obviously this is a long-term health goal that affects men over the age of 35 or so. It’s really important that you don’t just accept the ageing process as it is. There are many things you can do to age better.
Sustaining high energy levels is critical for just about everything you do in your day to day life. You can’t afford to just surrender and let this slide. If you do, your life quality will slide down with it.
Another important note on TRT – many men over 40 are going to have a natural resistance to this, as it’s not the norm, and may sound a little strange. I can assure you though, that it will enhance your life quality. The older you get the more important this becomes.
Number 2 – Incur no major health issues before age 65 (or so)
Unfortunately, there are people with genetic pre-dispositions who may struggle with this one. But, as always, lifestyle is also a major contributing factor.
Statistics show that if you can successfully avoid these major issues before 65, your life expectancy suddenly skyrockets. We all want to live a long and vibrant life.
Number 3 – Maintain your strength
Not just physical – mental also. You want to maintain as much of your mental and physical strength as possible, for as long as genetically possible. Huge goal.
This means daily activity, even if it’s just walking/hiking etc. with some resistance training thrown in. You do need to actually exert yourself in the weigh room. When I’ve said “maintenance is easier than progression” in the past, I never said maintenance requires zero work. It doesn’t.
The difference is you can reduce the volume and frequency of training significantly. Meaning, you only need to train a couple of times per week (beyond your daily activity).
Maintaining mental strength is primarily going to come from reading. Reading intellectually challenging books, and also talking regularly to interesting people.
There you have it. Aim to achieve these 3 health goals and you’ll be a very happy old man:
- You will age better than everyone else around you and feel great day to day.
- Your life expectancy will be a major source of envy for others.
- You will be sharp and strong – both physically and mentally – crucial.
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