I know it sucks, but aging happens.
The best we can do is [as we all know, but fail to do anyway is…]:
1] Eat healthy, balanced meals.
a] I eat 5/day.
2] Exercise regularly [particularly strength training for maximum lean mass].
a] I do 3 days of strength training and 3 days of crossfit style cardio.
3] Get plenty of rest [and recovery time between strenuous workouts]
a] I cycle my workouts to help recovery and avoid over-training.
4] Hydrate [because as we age our bodies aren’t as reliable when it comes to reminding us]
a] I have remind myself all the time to drink water! My body doesn’t tell me until it’s too late.
5] Avoid tobacco, excessive alcohol consumption and drugs – over the counter and otherwise.
a] A cigar once in a while, or wine in moderation is fine. 16 Vicodin over vodka tonics is not.
6] Avoid stress of the toxic kind. There’s a difference between good and bad stress.
a] Bad stress is something like divorce, terminal diagnosis, or a stock market crash. Good stress is everything else.
7] Have as much sex as you’re comfortable having without stroking out, which won’t be a problem if you’re following the aforementioned guidelines.
a] I’m a huge proponent of keeping an active sex life. The endorphins alone are worth the experience, and they’re organic.
8] Stay relevant. Technology rules the earth. The very least you can learn to do is turn on a computer.
a] I’ve noticed that older men who are clueless about technology are the most dependent people I know.
9] Read, study, learn. The mind is a terrible thing to waste, but even tougher to retrain once it’s been sitting around doing nothing for long enough.
10] Maintain friendships. Women are great at this, men not so much – which is probably why we die prematurely.