When you think of yourself aging, how do you imagine yourself? Have you embraced aging or are you having a hard time acknowledging or planning for it? Are you living life to the fullest and feeling the best you’ve ever felt? We all know there’s no such thing as the rumored Fountain of Youth, and we can’t just sit back waiting for doctors and research scientists to find new drugs and therapies to stop the hands of time. After reading my book The Real Fountain of Youth: Simple Lifestyle Changes for Productive Longevity, you will realize that aging doesn’t have to feel dreadful and it is possible to keep living life feeling lively and productive without any medications or therapies.

Extended youth – longevity – is available to everyone; however, it doesn’t come easily. In order to feel your best throughout your whole life, you must work for it and keep motivated. It won’t always be easy and at times you may lose focus, but you don’t have to work for it on your own. There are professionals that dedicate their lives to helping others achieve productive longevity, such as personal fitness trainers, nutritionists and chiropractors.

USA Today reported that according to recent government statistics, most adults in the USA aren’t meeting the federal physical activity recommendations for both aerobic exercise and muscle-strengthening activity. About 79% of adults don’t meet the physical activity guidelines that advise getting at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking, or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging. Plus, the guidelines recommend that adults do muscle-strengthening activities, such as push-ups, sit-ups or exercise using resistance bands or weights.

I witnessed how much a lack of physical activity can affect the human body while I was visiting a rehabilitation facility to check up on my friend’s mother after she had knee surgery.  This is also where much of the inspiration to write my book came to me.  As a walked down the hallways, I could not help but notice how many senior citizens were present, and that for some of them, nothing appeared to be physically wrong. While I was waiting for my friend’s mother, I asked one of the nurses about what I had observed. She informed me that many of these people were there because they had either accepted the fact that they were getting old, were unmotivated or had simply neglected themselves.

As I thought about what I was told, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for these people. Instead of enjoying their golden years like they should be, they had simply given up because they lacked the motivation to live their lives to the fullest. At that moment, I realized that as a personal fitness trainer, I had an obligation to educate and teach as many people on the enormous benefits of exercise. I could also give them motivation and confidence by showing them that the sad acceptance of aging is not inevitable. That’s when I decided that in addition to training my clients, I was going to write a book that would explain how you can stay productive as you age through movement, diet and mindset.

Over the last thirty years, I have had the opportunity to learn about fitness training from professional body builders, collegiate athletes, Olympic hopefuls and some of the best trainers and professionals in the industry, such as Alwyn Cosgrove, Mark Asanovich, Jeannie Patton and Todd Durkin. They have all inspired me in some way to write my book as well. During my time spent learning about the foundation of personal training at the National Personal Training Institute, I was also inspired by two of the head facility instructors. Their knowledge and passion not only inspired me to start my own personal training business, but also to create something that would help me reach out to as many people as possible about the importance of health and fitness. They told me that writing a book could be something to consider and from then on, I began recording my ideas in a journal.

The purpose of my book is to educate people of all ages about how to achieve productive longevity through exercise and nutrition. Productivity doesn’t just end after retirement, and rather than seeing the aging process as something dreadful, we should all enjoy the later years of our life. After all, it’s a time when we can truly enjoy each and every moment to the fullest without worrying about an abundance of responsibilities. As the saying goes, age is just a number; you are as young as you feel. In my book I mention that the Fountain of Youth is not something you find – it’s something you do. I hope you will use my book as a resource to help ensure that you will always feel lively and productive as you age.

The book The Real Fountain of Youth: Simple Lifestyle Changes for Productive Longevity is available for purchase on Amazon Kindle. The print version will soon be available to purchase.

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