Diane Fields and Richard Baldwin are dedicated to redefining the aging process for the baby boomer generation. Boomers have a tradition of hard work and a reputation for not accepting the status quo. This generation led the civil rights and feminist movements. This generation is the most educated generation in the history of the world. This generation refuses to accept the debilitation of mind and body as an inevitable consequence of life as they mature. In fact, at its core this generation is a generation of renaissance men and women dedicated to excellence of mind and body.
It's not just the 40 year olds that are filling the health clubs. The fact is that the number of health club members aged 55 and older has grown 273 percent since 1987, from 1/5 million to 5.6 million! It is with great pleasure that this week we feature two amazing gentlemen that serve as examples of Renaissance men still seeking excellence of mind and body in their 60s.
Larry Price, 62 years of age, is a former professional motorcycle racer and current Adult (ages 50-60) World Karate Champion! Although born in St. Petersburg, Florida, after leaving the service Larry became a very successful businessman in Charleston, South Carolina. He owned five motorcycles stores, one of which was the number one store in the Southeast.
Realizing that wealth had not brought him happiness, Larry made a change. He and his family decided to focus on their spiritual lives and became involved in a church movement. Eventually Larry opened a used car lot in Panama City to be close to the international headquarters of Christ International.
It was excitement over his son's success in karate that led to Larry's own involvement in karate at 53 years of age. Now 62, this 2nd degree black belt in Tae-kwon-do has amassed 42 tournament first places!
Obviously a goal-oriented individual, Larry wants to dedicate himself to teaching others to set higher goals for themselves and how to reach those goals so that they can achieve their physical, mental and spiritual potential. He certainly is able to muster the discipline to achieve any goals he sets his mind to achieving.
He says he just doesn't think about aging. He advises people as they reach the age of 50: "Don't retire; refine. Buy some new clothes, get a new hairstyle, eat better, and exercise. Stay hungry and don't accept the slow down." On the other hand, Larry advises to "know your limits. When I feel I'm getting close to my limit," Larry states, "I back off."
Larry stresses, "Nutrition is especially important as we age. It is the key to vivaciousness." A typical days eating for Larry includes organic cereals and fruits with vitamins for breakfast, a mid-morning snack of a vitamin-fortified powder drink, salads and carrot juice for lunch, and fish, turkey or chicken with a salad for dinner. He avoids desserts other than an occasional papaya.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Fred Sale and his wife moved to Panama City to live in a beach resort area. He was offered a position at Gulf Coast Community College as Professor of Philosophy and eventually became Chair of the Social Sciences Division. Fred found his niche: "I have been determined that if I am going to teach philosophy, I will be the very best philosopher I can be. I have been very active in the Florida Philosophical Association, presenting papers and serving as president of the organization. I have also been active in the local Wager Philosophical Society, serving three times as its chair. My particular academic interest over the past 30 years has been in the field of bioethics. New medical treatments, technologies, and the life sciences have challenged the field of ethics in a dramatic way. I found that ethics has become relevant to the average person because of these issues. I enjoy talking with local civic groups about these issues. I was fortunate to be the co-editor of the book Life Choices: A Hastings Center Introduction to Bioethics. This book is now in its second edition."
When he was younger, Fred played baseball, football, and tennis as competitive sports. Believe it or not, like many young boys in the 1950s, he started a fitness program as a result of reading a comic book! "I actually found one of those Charles Atlas advertisements in a comic book showing the bully kicking sand in the face of a skinny guy. I sent off for the information and received instructions on tying bricks to a broomstick as a makeshift barbell. I didn't buy my first barbell and dumbbell set until I was in college. My uncle made a bench for me. I did some limited workouts in college and graduate school. When I began working at Gulf Coast, I had a weight room available to really do some comprehensive workouts. I even taught weight training as college classes for a while. I don't think I ever considered weight training as a competitive sport. I am involved in weight training for my on personal fitness."
Like Larry, Fred has some solid advice for the over 40 crowd: "My advice to the over 40 generation is that we usually pay for the excesses of our youth in our older years. Fortunately, even the worst couch potato can with minimum effort live a healthier and more productive life through a fitness program. This program doesn't have to be a weight training program. Find a sport, fitness class, or program that you enjoy and stick with it on a regular basis. You don't have to have a diet that starves you. Limit the salt, fat, cholesterol, and carbohydrates and you will find plenty to eat that you can enjoy. Go ahead and cheat every once and a while with your favorite non-healthy meal."
Fred's training and nutrition are simple, but effective: "I attempt to do full body workouts three times a week. This includes biceps curls, triceps pull downs, bench press, flyes, leg press, leg extension, leg curls, and abdominal crunches. I do power walking six times a week for aerobic workouts. I read labels very carefully. My diet consists of low fat, low sodium, low cholesterol, no sugar, and low carbohydrates. I eat lots of fruit and vegetable, with high fiber wheat bread and cereal. I eat fish and chicken with limited meat. Occasionally, I will go out for a fried seafood platter."
Fred and Larry both are examples of Renaissance men whose discipline has enabled them to achieve success in their respective careers, be active in the community, and also be good fathers and husbands. Even as they move through their 60s, they are living life to the fullest. They have refused to let their busy lives be used as an excuse for not living healthy lifestyles through good nutrition and fitness regimes. In other words, they are redefining the aging process!
You can make the same commitment to achieve your own legendary physique. Adopt a lifestyle of exercise and sound nutrition that will yield higher levels of productivity and efficiency in your job and daily tasks. Just a few hours of exercise each week will return decreases in risks of age and weight related diseases, improve memory and mental functioning and add years of quality life. Don't you owe that to yourself and your family?
Richard and Diane
Diane Fields, Member. Legendary Fitness, LLC.
Richard Baldwin, Member. Legendary Physique, LLC.
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