Talk about rockstars, you know, those people who make their living on the anthems of sex, drugs, and rock & roll, and rarely does anyone take seriously the idea of an aging rockstar. Rock & Roll is about youth, angry, rebellious youth, yeah? What happens when the voices of our youth age just as we age, or in some freak backlash of nature, age better than we do?
Cases in point: Anthony Kiedis, frontman of the Red Hot Chili Peppers turned 50 on November 1st. Fifty, five-oh my goodness . . . you’re how old? Eddie Vedder, frontman of Pearl Jam, and a never ending list of side projects, turns 48 on December 23rd. Forty-eight . . . and the guy still looks just like the youthful energy of his voice. Anthony? The guy who recently ranked 3rd in Men’s Health Best Rockstar Abs? “I like the idea of defying the convention of what it is to be in your 40s, or 50s, or 60s. Discovering surfing at this stage of my life is definitely going to keep me active till the day I die. So, yeah, I accept the challenge… In the same way that [the late American exercise and nutritional guru] Jack LaLanne did—doing things in his 70’s that no man on earth could do: pulling tugboats across the San Francisco Bay with his teeth.” Kiedis said in a recent interview.
Maybe these guys are the exception to the norm, and despite Anthony’s youthful claims, you can’t sustain that level of fitness and appearance on sex alone (maybe when you’re young, and maybe there’s never any harm in trying), and lesser fit people would quickly die, or at least be sick enough to wish for death given the same exposure to drugs and advanced levels of sleep deprivation these guys face.
What keeps these guys going? What allows them to redefine the stereotypes of aging? The same thing that works for you, and me, and everybody out there with a concern for health and a hope for longevity– exercise and clean eating. Your body is a reflection of what you put into it and what you do to it. This isn’t necessarily a call to invite you all out for fresh gym memberships, but those activities you once loved when you were young: swimming, surfing, running, bicycling, etc. aren’t just relics of youth, they are physical imprints of what it is to be young, even when the calendar tries to tell you otherwise.
Get outside, play with your kids, run with your dog, be that “old” man who still rides his bicycle, go to the gym for a scenic view and pick up a few weights and put them down several times while you’re there, play some hoops, call one of your friends out for a race in the pool. Do anything. Get active, don’t just sit there and let age happen to you. You deserve better. Much better.
(*Originally published on Scars & Scrapes)