78 years old and fitter than most! How to be fit at any age

Tom Huey, 78 years old. (photo from original article)

Meet Tom Huey, a 78 year old body builder whose love of fitness began at the young age of 20. He started off  doing pull ups on a supporting beam on his porch in a California project before finding a gym in 1950s Oakland CA – a tough feat. He then went through a divorce and got forced out of a job at 40, and still managed to win a bodybuilding contest in his 40s. Yes, and he’s still keeping fit, and is healthier than ever! The now 78 year old former body builder, who brushed shoulders with Jack LaLanne,  is featured in this month’s Go Erie‘s lifestyle section. Want to know how you can be fit at any age? It really is simple: eat healthy and be active!

Eating right is vital to weight loss; I eat 1-2lbs of green veggies a day, and have a lot of protein. I also take some supplements, and avoid all junk food. Check out the March 2012 newsletter for my detailed eating plan.

Exercise is a key component to happiness, youth, health (exercise in older men is linked to lower death rates), and fitness. It relieves stress and motivates us to stay healthy. I mostly do weight resistance training, and incorporate as much physical activity as possible into my schedule. I know it’s difficult to get started with a fitness regime, so you may want to focus on goals and rewards instead of just health benefits. Even 30 minutes per week of leisure exercise can be enough for some health benefits. You can even make fitness more fun by taking dance classes like samba and bhangra. It’s never too late to start!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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