RL:This is a VERY good question and one that I take seriously. I’m not one of those “live forever-waiting on the Mothership-freeze our bodies and live forever” fanatics. I’m more concerned about MORBIDITY than MORTALITY. In other words, I want to be strong and healthy in my later years. As one friend put it “I want to die either under an Avalanche or under a 22 year old hottie!”
I take a four pronged approach:
1)Overall physical strength and endurance.(My primary resources are “Testosterone” and yes, the various Muscle Mags. Between all the T&A and advertisements, I find those one or two “Pearls of Wisdom” every month).
2)Nutrition (“Testosterone” and something called “Alternatives” www.drwillams.com). Dr. Willams and “Alternatives” were the first to alert the public on trans-fatty acids, not cholesterol, being the biggest culprit in heart disease; the importance of phytochemicals in the diet; Bromelain for arterial health, etc.)
3)Longevity (My primary resource, of which I am a member, is the “Life Extension Foundation” www.lef.og). They are at the frontlines of the battle against the FDA and their attempt to regulate supplements, AND they are at the forfront of supplementation as a TOOL to longevity. Along with “Biotest”, their supplements are some of the best in the world.(Note: The LEF and Dr. Willams TEND to be very “nutrition/supplement” oriented, with very little on resistance training and/or cardiovascular training. Chris’s “pyramid” appears to be somewhat inverted, in that they TEND to be in the non-specific “get some exercise” camp. We all know it takes more than that).Support the LEF if no more than to keep them in the fight against the FDA.
4)Sex, Lifestyle, General (My primary resources are “Men’s Health”, “Men’s Fitness”,“GQ” (I’m still unsure about “Maxim”; the jury is still out on that one, at least for me!) and the Internet. Punch a topic into www.google.com, and you will end up with a wealth of information).
So, that’s me, and my main resouces. The bottom line (as Chris indicated this week) is this: if we don’t alter our diets and destructive lifestyles FIRST; and “get medival” in the Gym on a regular basis, a pill or some Herbal concoction won’t make us healthier or lead us to a longer, healthier life…Stop smoking; stop drinking; don’t do drugs; get rest; avoid stress; ingest healthy fats, complex carbs, and lean protein; drink water; lift weights; do cardio…THEN and ONLY THEN, will you be on your way…
Hope this helps!