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Treating Your Body Like a 60s Mustang

The guy was wealthy, smart (Cambridge and Harvard) and a best-selling author.

But the cluelessness of his answer just blew me away.

Interviewer: What kind of fitness program do you have?

Guy: I don’t do anything bad for my body, so I don’t need to do anything good for it

Face, meet palm.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature has other plans once we hit 30 or so.

Testosterone levels start to slide, strength and muscle mass begin to head south, and the only thing increasing is the willingness of your body to produce nose and ear hair.

Look, all that stuff is going to happen anyway, whether we abuse ourselves or not.

Think of it like a car.

Once upon a time, the Mustang in the above photo was brand, spanking new: the owner collected it from the dealer and drove it home with a slight erection and a big smile.

Now at first, he probably looked after it - regular servicing, routine maintenance and fixing dings or scratches in the bodywork.

But at some point, the owner just stopped caring.

He didn't spray the car with salt water, fill the gas tank with diesel or drive it like Ken Block on MDMA.

For whatever reason (no time, no money, can't be bothered) he simply no longer did what was necessary to keep it in tip-top shape.

From there it was a downward spiral and the more shonky the car looked, the more it was neglected.

Eventually, it was left to rot in the woods.

Rust in peace.

But hey, that's just what happens, right?

Well, not if you're like this owner.

So, what's the difference?

One made a decision to look after the car while the other let nature make the decision for him.

After all, decline is 100-% natural and 100-% normal if you don't actively do whatever's necessary to prevent it.

Whether that's painting your house, servicing your lawn mower or moving your body as it evolved to move.

Use it or lose it.

Sure, not doing bad things like smoking and excessive drinking is a great start.

But if you want your body to be more like the red Mustang and less like the green Mustang, it's time to start giving it a little TLC.

So spend some time naked in front of the bathroom mirror and give yourself an honest appraisal.

Get moving, go for a walk, get started with a quick and easy workout.

Come on guys, we're talking less than 20 minutes.

Decide that today is not going to be a repeat of yesterday, this week is not going to be a repeat of last week, and this year is not going to be a repeat of last year.

The bottom line is decline is inevitable unless we take consistent action to counter it.

That's what the best-selling author simply didn't get.

– Tim

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Flickr: Vetatur Fumare - 1965 Ford Mustang fastback

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