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Fit, Old Dudes Rock & Kickstarting the Virtuous Cycle

Fit, Old Dudes Rock & Kickstarting the Virtuous Cycle
Angelo Coppola

Recently, Mike S. posted a story about a 72-year old BMXer on the Latest in Paleo facebook page. I like the comment he left with the link, too:

You’re only as old as your grandchildren feel.

Heck yeah! Is it just me or is there something intensely motivating about human beings who suck the marrow out of life in their golden years? Maybe it’s because I’ll turn 40 later this year — approaching silver perhaps, not golden quite yet.

Our seasoned fellow human beings who take care of themselves provide us all with a positive glimpse of our own potential futures.

In case you didn’t know, that’s Jack LaLalanne in the picture up there. He’s been a huge inspiration to me. I will someday dedicate a proper feature article to him. Until then, check out some of his words:

If man makes it, don’t eat it.


You’ve got to satisfy you. If you can’t satisfy you, you’re a failure.


Would you get your dog up every day, give him a cup of coffee, a doughnut, and a cigarette? Hell, no. You’d kill the damn dog.


Scales lie! You lose thirty pounds of muscle and you gain thirty pounds of fat and you weigh the same, right? Take that tape measure out. That won’t lie. Your waistline is your lifeline.


Sex is giving, giving, giving. The more energy you have, the more you’re going to please.

Trust me, that’s just the beginning. LaLanne is a goldmine of wisdom, whether you’re in your golden years or you have pimples.

Now, we won’t all make it to a ripe, old age disease-free and fully mobile. No matter how much grass-fed bone broth we slurp down, we can’t all look like Jack and we won’t all ride a BMX bike to visit the grandkids.

But I sure’s hell intend to.

Think it’s too hard to line up all the ducks and start living a healthy lifestyle? Well, start with the simple stuff and kickstart a virtuous cycle into motion. Human beings have been doing these things for millions of years, and all of the modern research points to these as being the basics:

  • Eat homemade food. Stop paying for laboratory foods that make other people rich and rob you of your health.
  • Walk every day. It’s the most natural human movement, and your body requires it to function properly.
  • Rest and sleep. When I can’t sleep right, it’s usually because I need to fix something with my awake-time — whether it’s not enough activity or a stressful situation that needs to be dealt with. Do it.

Those three areas are quite possibly the holy trinity of health, assuming you already have things like shelter, reasonably fresh air, and clean water. Once you get started, you’ll feel better, and you’ll have the energy to do even more. Start fermenting some vegetables, add in a few dead lifts or a bike ride, have better sex and sleep better!

A fourth, honorary point in the virtuous cycle would be to share your life with someone you love (assuming you’re the mating type). Your homemade food will taste better, your walks will be about the journey not the exercise, and you will sleep more soundly. We are our relationships.

I still remember the first time Amy told me that she wanted to grow old with me. That was many years ago, and we are indeed both older now, but we’re also both healthier now than we were back then.

Someday when science solves the problem of aging and technology keeps us young forever…I hope we can still hold on to our humanity. I count myself fortunate to exist during a time when I can live and die.

Here’s a cool story and video for you to enjoy.  Click it and it’ll open in a new tab…I didn’t see a way to embed it here.

Staying Young

Humans Are Not Broken

Plan on enjoying your golden years? What are you doing about it? Know of any other champs who are still going strong even though they’re closer to 100 than 40? Tell us about your golden heroes and heroines!

  • I hit 46 last Saturday and celebrated by achieving a 5k personal best at parkrun! I put this down to my switch to a paleo template/lifestyle.

  • I enjoyed this article on Fit Old Dudes since I am one. I’m 58 and I feel better now than I did when I was 30. I’ve lost 160 pounds thanks to shows like yours. I never miss an episode of the latest in paleo podcast. Thanks for all you do.

    • Respect! Thanks for commenting, Max. Just showed this to Amy: “Oh wow!” She said.

      Do you have a web site?

  • John Little

    This is really cool. I wish this BMX guy would pick up a book on weight training or pay a professional for one session to get some pointers – he’s going to hurt himself.

    • Considering the video shows him jumping rope, weight training, and tells us that he’s been BMXing for over 20 years…I’m not sure I share that concern. I’m usually the first guy that utters the phrase “injury avoidance” in a discussion about fitness…but this guy’s doing it right, IMO. For me, the risk of injury is worth it, as long as its for something I love doing —and this seems to be the case with Tony here.

  • Great post, very motivational. This is the Australian icon of healthy ageing: Not as in good shape as others, but I recently heard in an interview he still wakes up every morning, goes for a swim, does 400 pushups and 700 situps. He still eats bread and ice cream everyday, though :/

    • Thanks for posting this. I hadn’t heard of him before, but have added his site to my read-later list. Based on first glance, I’m sure I’ll write about him in the future.

  • This just reinforces the mantra, “NO EXCUSES”

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  • lonelymoa

    61 is the new 41, IMHO