Two weeks ago, my 40th birthday came and passed. I don’t make a big deal about birthdays so I treated it like any other day. I trained hard in the morning and was busy coaching athletes at night. When the day was done, I can honestly say that I didn’t feel any different from how I felt 10+ years ago. I’m still training hard and striving to better myself each day. Turning 40 doesn’t faze me. I plan to keep going hard for as long as I’m alive. I won’t stop until I’m six feet under.
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
If you follow me on social media (@rosstraining), you probably saw the video below. It’s a short clip that I filmed after turning 40. And in case the middle finger confuses you, it corresponds with the following caption:
For the haters who used to tell me, “Wait until you’re 40…” Well I’m 40 today and still going strong!
For years, I’ve had idiots telling me to wait until I’m older (suggesting that I’ll be run down and inactive). I suppose such comments come from the misery enjoys company crowd. Unfortunately, I’m not looking to join the group. Life is much more enjoyable when you are active. And by active, I mean physical activity, not randomly telling others how they’ll feel when they are older.
Ironically, since filming the video, my inbox has been flooded with questions about how to stay healthy and active as the years pass. It’s actually comical to me that people are asking for my opinion about growing older. I’m still a big kid at heart. I surely don’t feel old enough to answer anything related to aging.
Perhaps thinking and feeling you’re still young is one of the keys to staying young. I can only speak for myself, but it seems to be working. As Satchel Paige once said, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?”
I certainly wouldn’t guess that I am 40.
Use it or Lose it
Aside from thinking that I’m young, I believe consistency has been my greatest weapon against aging. I still train similarly to how I trained in my 20s and 30s. My goals may change from time to time, but the consistency and intensity that I apply remain the same.
I am also physically active every day of the week. Even if I’m not training on a given day (which is rare), I still get up and move. I’m a firm believer that the body was designed to move. We didn’t evolve to sit around on the couch all day playing video games. I’d much rather make a point to challenge myself physically and mentally each day.
In addition to staying active, I believe that regular laughter is essential. As hard as we work in the gym, we also spend a lot of time joking with each other. The laughter does not hinder our hard work. On the contrary, I’d say that it helps. The intense work always seems a bit more manageable when we sprinkle in some fun along the way.
If you act miserable all the time, it’s inevitable that you’ll become miserable. You can’t expect to feel young and vibrant if you’re always in a bad mood. In some way, we are all a product of what we repeatedly do. As I’ve stressed before, first we make our habits and then our habits make us. I’d much rather make it a habit to laugh and joke as opposed to hanging my head whenever I’m faced with an obstacle.
Contrary to what some believe, hard work and laughter can coexist. There is no reason for these qualities to be mutually exclusive. It’s possible to work hard, laugh, and enjoy yourself all at the same time.
In summary, I really don’t feel qualified to offer advice about aging as I still consider myself quite young. With that said, I’ve received loads of questions since turning 40 so hopefully this entry proves helpful to those who have asked.
And for those looking for more age-related inspiration, check out the archives below. You’ll find several impressive displays from individuals in their 60s, 70s, and beyond. It’s almost impossible to not be inspired by many of the stories. As you’ll see, the human body is an amazing creation when treated properly.
“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes