By Taylor Ford
It's easy to literally feel the effects of aging; they are real and likely inevitable. It's easier to get injured, and harder to recover. Your testosterone levels start decreasing at 30, your metabolism slows down and its harder to find energy: the cards are literally stacked against you. But there has to be some "good" that comes with those extra candles and aches you gain every year...right? Yes!
It goes back to the primal Fight-Or-Flight dilemma, do you lean in or do you give up? I'm in my mid-30's and somewhat early on this journey, but I'm just a young grass-hopper taking notes and drawing inspiration from the bad ass guys older than me who are thriving. Especially the ones who flipped the script and are aging like fine wine, the ones who learned the secret: Age is your AdvantAGE.
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Have you heard the saying, "40 is the new 20?" There is more truth to this than most people think. While 40 has long been a dreaded milestone birthday, the reality is that 40 is an ideal age for so many reasons. Here are just a few of them.
At 40 years old, plenty of guys still feel as good as they did in their 20s and 30s, sometimes even better. This age group is increasingly health-conscious, leading to prioritizing a healthy lifestyle, commitment to a healthier diet, and a consistent exercise program. Guys in their 30's like me are likely juggling so many new challenges that their priorities get put on the back burner. Ideally I'll have my life more under control and find some stability at 40!
With maturity comes an increased level of confidence. With all those scars came lessons. You can stand tall in front of whatever life throws you, knowing you've not just survived, but thrived through much worse. You’re more sure of yourself and less concerned with how others see you. Not that you are immune, but you have lost much of that self-consciousness that may have held you back in the past. Maturity means knowing your worth and being less afraid of taking risks. Ultimately, this means you have a better chance of success.
By the time you've reached your 40s, hopefully you’ve found stability in your career and relationships, and if you haven't, you're at least more equipped with the learnings of your previous failures. With a stable career, you’re less worried about finances than you were in your 20s and 30s. Beyond career and finances, at 40, you’re also more likely to be emotionally stable from all your life experiences. And although you may not speak or meet with friends as often, your friendships have matured to a point where distance and time cannot break your bond. You've learned how to prioritize your time and the people and activities you give yours to.
At 55, you are less scattered in your efforts. You know what's important and what to focus your energy on. As you age, you become more aware of what is truly important to you, wasting less time on non-essential tasks. You have more time to spend on the things that truly matter to you and will bring the greatest rewards.
I can honestly admit that my parents clearly have far more fun than me, and I'm here for it. They earned it. With kids out of the house, you may have more time and money to travel. You may even pick up a new sport or hobby or attend concerts of the bands you grew up with. You are at the sweet spot of age/finances/free-time. Enjoy!
Your friendships and partnerships are full of experiences, memories, and trust.. While you may have new friends and even new partnerships, you also have a long history with people in your circle. The people you've known a long time know you inside and out. Your friendships are likely to be loyal, and your romantic relationships are stable. Not to mention you likely get all the benefits of grandchildren without all the work!
When you are young, you have the time...but not the money to travel.
When you are older, you have the time...and the money!
At this stage, you’re possibly retired and spending time the way you want. You may be traveling, spending time on your hobbies, with family, or creating things you love.
You are a wealth of information, history, and experience. After decades of living, you’ve built up valuable life experiences to share with friends, family, or anyone who could use some sage advice. But don’t think for a second you’re done with life. New hobbies, interests, and experiences are available to you still. It all depends on how driven you are to continue thriving.
Whether it’s slowing down and enjoying the finer things in life or feeling more confident and comfortable in your skin, there are benefits to being old. Despite the downsides of aging, having more time to do the things you love can help you feel more fulfilled.
The key is to take good care of yourself, never stop learning, and remember that you are only as old as you feel. If you are looking to remain healthy, energetic, and strong well past 40, the right supplements are more important than ever. Mdrive offers high-quality supplements that help you stay energetic and strong—no matter your age.
Few things you encounter in your daily routine have a more adverse effect on your health as stress. Headaches, fatigue, sleeping problems, and lack of sex drive are just some of the symptoms of high stress. It’s important to your health and performance that you effectively manage stress, and taking ashwagandha can help with both.
Whether you’re new to strength training or need a refresher, proper form can keep you safe and help you build solid muscle. It’s easy to lose sight of your form, especially when you’ve been training in the same routine for a while. You may start to daydream because you’re more focused on the clock or something that happened at home.
Look, we’ve all been there. But getting lackadaisical with your form can lead to serious consequences. You might not build strength at the same level or injure yourself. Take a few minutes to read about these three strength training tips to improve your form.
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