Fitness For Life! Tony Horton: When I'm 85

Wow, I've been without my computer for some time now, which is why there's been a lack of posts.  I hope that ya'll are still out there and waiting for a blog!
I wanted to share a blog by one of my fitness idols, Tony Horton, today.  He says this better than I ever could!  I'm with him on that boat 100%!  It just goes to show that fitness should not just be about how you look, but what you can DO!

When I'm 85
by: Tony Horton


I was training my client Mark the other day and I asked him if he
thought any of his friends could get through the workout I had just put
him through. He thought for a while and said, "Maybe a couple." Mark is
48 and has dozens of friends who can't begin to touch his level of
fitness in their present state. Most of them would have never gotten
through his pull-up and push-up routine without hurling or quitting
half way through. At 50 I might have 4 friends who can get through most
of my workouts. All younger than me. I'm not here to brag or boast, but
I am here to let you know that as the clock ticks into the future so do
your opportunities to improve physically, mentally and emotionally.

When I was training Mark I also asked him if he saw himself working
this hard in his 60s, 70s or 80s. He said he hoped to. The truth is, if
he kept it up, there'd be no reason why he couldn't do most of his
present day workouts in his 70s and 80s. Here's a guy doing sets of 30
push-ups and 10 plus pull-ups for an entire workout, who couldn't do
that in college. I'm not saying that college linebackers are going to
bench 375 lbs in their 70s, but I am saying that the human body is
capable of amazing things well into your 70s and 80s, if the human mind
is willing to show up too.

Quite often older athletes struggle because of their unwillingness to
mix these up and stay consistent. If you have a one, two or no
dimensional approach to exercise you leave yourself wide open to
injuries and issues as you get older. With injuries comes
disappointment. With disappointment comes fear. With fear comes less
exercise period. The words "I used to ______" make me angry. The glory
days are not over! They are right now. You just need to know what to do
and how to do it. An example is when I see older folks running. At some
point you have to realize that the thing that brought you, might be
destroying you now. Bent over choppy strides is an indication that yoga
never happened in previous years. The effort is there, but lack of
acknowledgement that something is wrong is the problem.

If you're reading this and you're younger than 50 and haven't made
movement and healthy eating a priority yet, then do yourself a favor
and get busy because the clock is ticking and the last third of you
life will be bleak. Look around at the people in your life who've made
it to 60, 70 and 80 who haven't taken care of themselves. What do you
see? Issues. Lots of issues. Is that any way to live your life? Trying
to solve these issues with pills, potions and processed foods? I think
not. Consistency, Variety, Intensity and Curiosity are the keys to
lifelong health and fitness. If you mix it up, you'll avoid the
pitfalls of aches, injuries and the fear of failure as you get older.

The Future ~ Coming Soon. Bring it Now!


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  • Great post. I love this guy. I often use his Power 90 DVD (Beach Body), which is old now by some standards (but I couldn't care less), to mix things up a bit--or when it's too yucky to go outside to exercise. Couldn't be happier with his programs or his philosophies.

  • I started with P90 too! I did it back in 2004 and lost 35 lbs. with it. I'm now a Beachbody coach and have almost all of their stuff!
    Tony is truly an inspiration, though! I've had the pleasure of spending time with him and other Beachbody folk, and he is just an amazing, down to Earth guy who is just eager to help people succeed! I can't talk him up enough!
    Hopefully we'll get him to Chicago to do a live workout some time soon! :-)

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