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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #172. Act 2 in Life
February 01, 2016

February 1, 2016

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Act 2 in Life

Arnold Press + Dumbbell Curls

Act 2 in Life

Note: Some of the following on retirement ran here six years ago. It got good reader response from those nearing or already in a retirement lifestyle. But I wonder about the young whippersnapper seniors in their early 50s? Is the subject only for the over 60 crowd? I hope not. Because the younger you are when you consider your future in retirement, the better off you will be when the day arrives. It’s guaranteed. So please read on, everybody . . .

The nosy people at AARP know when you turn 50 and send you an invitation to join their organization. In their eyes, you’ve just crossed that line — you are a senior, like it or not.

It has been nearly 30 years since I found my invitation in the mailbox. So I’ve been a senior a long time. At first, it was a shock. Who, me? A senior? Can’t be. I sure don’t feel like a senior. For a while, I would joke about it with friends. Hey, AARP wants me. Funny, right? But the clock stops for no one.

Even younger seniors, who don’t think much about retirement, will, eventually, realize the day isn’t all that far off. Depressing? For some, it is. And that's too bad. Because here is the good part: When you do finally retire, you really can, if you choose to, and you have planned ahead, rediscover your passion in life.

Here is how I did it . . .

I knew that art and fitness were my callings by the time I was a teenager, and probably even earlier than that. One thing I could do better than most of my peers was sketch and draw with accuracy. Another thing was that I was continually looking for ways to build strength and fitness. Other matters, some critically important in life, and some really not worthy of effort, diverted my attention along the way; but, finally, there I was — retired. I could actually do as I pleased.

Now that many years have passed I can say that I’ve never really felt a void. In fact, it has been quite the opposite. I am fortunate to have been absorbed in the creative process of making art, while at the same time promoting the fitness lifestyle. Without these strong interests, however, or something equally engaging, I cannot imagine what life would be like. We've all seen people who retire and then squander potentially rewarding years.

Probably your interests are very different than mine. The differences aren’t important. What’s important is that somewhere in each of us interests are there, perhaps even dormant passions, waiting to be rediscovered and released. One good way to uncover them is by looking backward to your childhood and adolescence. Recall the thoughts, activities, and dreams that sent your imagination and spirit soaring. Those are your clues. Develop interests related to them and you are likely to experience a personal renaissance.

For related senior information see: Financial Fitness. Physical Fitness.

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The Arnold Press + Dumbbell Curls

The Arnold Press was a favorite of California's former governor during his Muscle Beach days. He liked to start dumbbell presses with his palms facing him, and as the weights were pressed overhead they rotated to face forward. He would retrace the movement in the reverse coming down.

I've added something to the mix: dumbbell curls. I think you'll find that it's a nice upper-body combination movement that flows well, while working biceps, triceps, and shoulders.

Watch the short demonstration video here.

The Kettlebell Boomer How to Defy Aging and Be a Human Dynamo Throughout Your Senior Years—Thanks to Kettlebells With Master RKC, Andrea Du Cane

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Logan Franklin
The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter

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