I was at the park the other day running around with my kids. We played freeze tag, did a little skateboarding (which mostly means I’m running & hold them next to them as they’re learning to balance), laughing and chasing one another.
It was a ton of fun and great exercise.
I saw another parent do the same with his kids, but only for about two minutes. Then I overheard him say he was tired & out of breath as he sat down and picked up his phone.
I felt terrible for his kids, and personally, I never want to be in that limiting position.
100% of my health goals surround being able to play with my kids. I have plenty of energy and it’s sustainable energy- not a jolt from caffeine on an as-needed turned constant requirement energy.
This is my bar- can I keep up with my kids?
Growing up, 40 seemed old. It was common to hear people in their 40s complain about aches and pains or be slow to get up. I remember thinking then I never wanted that to happen to me.
My routine these days is basically:
- High intensity exercise ~3 days/week
- Calisthenics, sprints, jump rope
- Regular morning walks or walk to my office
- Stand up paddle board on days I don’t surf or HIIT
As far as diet goes, it’s pretty simple, too:
- Cup of tea or coffee in the morning, fast until I get hungry (usually around 1pm)
- Focus on protein, fiber, and fermented vegetables
- Superfarm beef boost, sardines, wild-caught salmon, pasture-raised eggs
- Target about 200 grams of protein/day
- Eat whole foods, no processed foods
- Avoid industrial seed oils, sugars, grains
- Avoid refined fats, refined carbs
This gives me tons of energy to play with my kids. I’ve never felt better, and I really think this is the fountain of youth. My kids are still young, but I hope we can play for years to come- at the beach, on the mountains, exploring this beautiful world we live in. I hope to do this with them for 50 years.
If you do too there’s no better time to start then now.