Have you had a rough year? You’re not alone!
Howard S. had it all.
At 66, he was retired from a successful career as a social worker, married and healthy.
Then, 2015. Howard’s wife of 34 years abruptly left him. Several family members died. And he had an emergency hip replacement after a fall. (Can any of you relate after COVID-19 and 2020)?
“Kablooey,” he says now.
Recovering from a Rough Year
With resilience and a newfound commitment to fitness, Howard fell into an unexpected late-in-life adventure: modeling.
After that rough year, Howard came upon a newspaper article about the dearth of Baby Boomer fashion models. He figured he was in decent shape and made some calls.
Now 71, he’s been in TV and Internet commercials, walked the runway, and filmed a Land Rover ad that could go national soon.
At 5’10” he’s down to 168 pounds and 12 percent body fat. He has no styling tips, having never tried Botox, moisturizer, or even an expensive haircut.
“I don’t look like a young man,” he says. “My mindset keeps me open to new experiences, to whatever new things come my way.”
Howard attributes his post-2015 happiness largely to working out. He hit the weight room hard, he says. “I went for it. It kept me sane.”
He also liked the new look it gave his body and the attention he got from women. “I wanted people to be surprised when they found out how old I was.”
But more important has been the steady interaction he gets at twice-weekly workouts at a small gym.
“It’s a real companionable thing,” he says. “I feel like I belong to something.”
How to Look and Feel Younger
Even if you don’t aspire to begin a new career as a model, it’s never too late to start taking better care of yourself.
One of the most effective ways for trimming and toning is by doing strength training. You will not only feel stronger, but it will become easier to do activities of daily living as well as hobbies that you enjoy.
And as Howard noted, people took notice of his new look and were surprised to learn how old he really was.
Furthermore, strength training can help manage stress, especially during a rough year like we’re having with the global pandemic.
If you’d like to learn more about how I can help you feel younger and stronger, contact me today for a free, no-obligation consultation 🙂