This is Heather. We were high school classmates and now share similar professions. She’s a registered dietician and a certified group exercise instructor.
When we saw each other for the first time in decades at our 30 year high school reunion a couple of years ago, we had a lot to talk about.
Across the table from us was Dion, another classmate. He too had taken a special interest in fitness and eating healthfully, although simply as a personal pursuit. As you can see from his picture, an active lifestyle and enjoying physically challenging sports and leisure activities with his family is an important part of his quality of life, just as it is for Heather, and for me as well.
So being fit at 50, and beyond, is great. It makes life better and everything easier. But is it sexy?
Heck, yes it is!
One of the great things about getting older is that your definition of what’s attractive begins to broaden and become more complex. Qualities like depth, insight, experience and a wide array of interests make friends and romantic partners a whole lot more interesting and enjoyable to be around.
There’s only one problem with aging, though, which is the fountain from which these qualities spring. It’s that it can also take quite a toll on your body. But it doesn’t have to be nearly as fast or severe as you may think. And the work and focused determination required to stretch out your physical prime to overlap with these richer stages of life only add to the list of attractive traits.
Here’s what I see when I look at someone my age or older who is clearly fit and eats healthfully:
- Strong will
- Lust for life
The 50+ and fit person holds a treasure that a younger person just can’t match. But don’t worry, youngsters, you have plenty to look forward to.
The question is, when you get there, are you going to be ready?
On a side note – I went to see Rick Springfield with my girl when he was at the fair last week. He’s 62 and has a very physically demanding stage show, including many fast, powerful songs he has to sing while bounding around the stage and playing some pretty mean guitar.
All I have to say is this – Wow. Rick, you have my deepest respect.