The real fountain of youth

Let’s be honest, we all want to look good. There’s no shame in caring about your appearance and putting effort into your physique. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized there’s something even more important than aesthetics – feeling great for the long haul. 

My true goal is to live a long, vibrant life full of energy and vitality for as long as possible. When I’m 80, I want to be hitting the gym, hiking mountain trails and keeping up with my grandkids. Longevity with health and quality of life is what we’re all after – whether we realize it or not.

So what’s the secret to achieving that? According to the latest research, it comes down to our muscles. That’s right, the key to aging well lies in maintaining strong, functional muscle mass as we get older.

More muscle means more strength and mobility to keep doing the activities we enjoy for decades to come. It boosts metabolism, helping us burn calories and fat more efficiently. It even supports better balance, posture and injury prevention. In many ways, muscle truly is the “organ of longevity.”

That’s why strength training has always been a core focus in my fitness philosophy. Sure, I want to look fit. But more importantly, I’m building muscle for the long game – to move well, feel energetic and thrive for decades to come.

The good news? It’s never too late to get started. I’ve seen people in their 60s, 70s and beyond transform their health by committing to resistance training. With the right program and mindset, you can absolutely regain strength and muscle mass at any age.

So let’s ditch the obsession with six-pack abs and skinny jeans. Instead, let’s celebrate muscle, which can grant us strength, independence and vitality and help us play the long game.