“Oh God, wow that hurt, I’m not sure I can do this anymore,”
Panting, huffing and puffing…I thought I was going to black out…this never used to be this hard…
The darkness closed in, it was all constricting, I struggled harder and was rewarded by a few rays of light appearing, I knew I didn’t have long, I was starting to feel faint and then with a snapping noise…
I finally got my wetsuit on!
Seriously though since hitting 40 a few years ago, I’ve started to notice things which used to be easy (like pulling my damn wetsuit on) seem to be getting harder,
- I take longer to recover after doing sport,
- I have a few more creaks, aches and pains,
- It’s harder to keep the weight off,
- I’ve definitely got less energy, and more worryingly…
- I just have less lust for life.
Now, I realise that for most of us, these are just the signs of getting old and I should just shut up, stop whinging and get on with it…but ever the stubborn mule I’m not prepared to go gentle into that good night.
Added to this is the fact that due to being the same stubborn dumb ass I managed to work myself quite literally to death in my 30’s and have spent the last 5 years getting back to some state of health…so I feel like I missed out on the prime years of my life and, quite frankly, I want them back.
So that’s why I’ve decided to embark on this journey over the next year to see if I can feel (and hopefully look) 10 years younger in just 12 months.
“Impossible,” you say?
Well, hang on a minute, the science wouldn’t quite agree.
For those of you old enough to remember there’s a classic sketch in Only Fools and Horses where Trigger is talking about his road sweeping broom…
“I’ve had the same broom for the last 20 years, I look after it well, this old broom has had 17 new heads and 14 new handles.” says Trigger.
“How the hell can it be the same bloody broom then?”
In this case you’re Triggers Broom.
Your cells die, replicate and are replaced with new ones over a time span ranging from every few days to 7 -10 years…
Meaning in 7 – 10 years you will be an entirely new person, just like Triggers Broom.
This cellular replication process is not perfect. Things like toxins in the environment, exposure to sunlight, poor diet, lack of movement and a whole host of other things cause new cells to be slightly less perfect copies.
Think of it like taking photocopies of photocopies, until finally the document is unreadable.
This is the basis of ageing and declining performance which we call “growing old.”
Here’s the thing. Your body holds a copy of the original, perfect cell, the blueprint if you like.
And it’s possible, by doing some very specific things, to move your cells back towards that blueprint.
Meaning you can literally youth yourself at a cellular level and actually IMPROVE your performance as you get older.
Just like this chap…
Tom Brady, star quarterback, 7 times Super Bowl winner and greatest quarterback EVER, is the golden boy of the NFL with a career spanning more than 20 years in a sport where the average career length is just 3 years.
One more important fact…
Most of us are struggling to get out of bed at 43 let alone getting hit by 250 pound plus linebackers on a daily basis.
What’s amazing about Tom is that at 26 he was ready to give up…he couldn’t break into the first team and was in constant pain from the beatings he was taking in training.
Working with a bunch of experts Tom decided to take the long term view…
And promptly became the laughing stock of the NFL.
Tom and his “hippy” methods were ridiculed by players, coaches and doctors alike.
Tom stuck to his guns, he continued to believe in what he was doing, kept using the same techniques, kept the same methods of training.
After a few months something amazing happened…
He started to improve…at rates never before seen. Until by 35 he was getting better each year and this improvement continues to this day…he’s quite literally getting better despite the fact he’s in his 40’s.
And this is a fact you can look up and verify.
The reality is, long term optimal health isn’t a genetic thing, it’s a learnable skill. Just as they teach drawing classes in college, I can teach my body long term, optimal health.
THAT’S what I’m doing over the next year and I’d LOVE you to join me.
Now before I go any further I want to state quite clearly I have no desire to live forever, for me this isn’t really about increasing lifespan, it’s about increasing health span. I want to die young at a ripe old age, to be able to keep on kitesurfing waves, climbing mountains, chasing girls and generally behaving like a reprobate, way beyond what is considered normal or decent for most humans.
This is about making the absolute most of my time on this planet and sucking all the juice out of life I can…about keeping on doing the things I love for life.
Sound like your kind of caper? Click the button below to sign up and join me on the journey.