Having turned 40 a couple of years ago and kicking my personal fitness into high gear (1,800+ overall miles @ 40, 5,300+ miles @41 – compared to less than 500 when I was 39), I have an intense interest in staying fit, particularly to sidestep Alzheimer’s disease, but also to attain a goal – to leave this life exhausted. Now I don’t particularly care much about how Hollywood stars do anything because let’s face it, they don’t live in our reality – and they’re paid upwards of $20 million a film to stay fit in the first place. That’s a lot of motivation right there though I’m certain I’m looking at it from the outside, meaning my assumptions are partly wrong and I have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about.
That said, I ran across an interesting article this morning that gives small glimpses of a few “stars” who maintain excellent health post 40. My two favorites are:
Patrick Dempsey, “Patrick Dempsey, 47, lifts weights every week and is an avid bike rider. He’s frequently spotted riding, and told Men’s Health that he likes to get in about 100 miles a week”. Well what do you know, Patrick and I have a lot in common. I knew he was an avid cyclist but I didn’t know he was a hundred mile a week guy… Pretty cool.
And Will Smith, “In a speech at the 2005 Kids’ Choice Awards, Smith said the key to a happy, healthy life is “running and reading.”
Amen to that brother, though I’d add a lot of cycling and some writing to the mix. 😉
Also of note, President Obama was included in the list of “Celebrities”. You can imagine my chuckle. I’m a little leery whenever a politician is included with a list of Hollywood Celebrities, there are a few things to make note of. This isn’t to say previous presidents didn’t enjoy good press for their dedication to fitness, we all know both Presidents Bush did, it’s just rare to see a politician on a list of Hollywood celebs. I love the irony: President Obama, on a list of people who make believe for a living. Also, and this made me laugh out loud:
“Obama, 51, used to light up about five times a day, but is now tobacco-free.