This article was originally published at OlderBeast, whose mission is to help 40+ guys “double down” on body-and-soul health for the 2nd half of their life.

Of course, you know what you eat has a huge impact on health. But how about what you take into your mind every day?

Within the concept of Wellness — being aware of all the things that impact well-being, and consciously making choices to maximize it — “environment” is a big influence. Many environmental variables are ones humans have always faced: Safe/dangerous, bountiful/barren, comfortable/uncomfortable, crowded/empty, etc.

But in the modern world, we face a…


This article was originally published at OlderBeast, whose mission is to help 40+ guys “double down” on body-and-soul health for the 2nd half of their life.

A comprehensive fitness program for 1–3 months can be great, where each day is planned for you. It ramps up your fitness, teaches you new workout styles and moves, and enforces schedule discipline if you stick with it.

I did P90X a few years ago, loved it, and greatly benefited. Nowadays, there are so many 30, 60, and 90-day programs. Challenge…transformation…shred…burn…blast. Etc.

But while short-term programs jump-start or accelerate you toward your goals, the…


This article was originally published at OlderBeast, whose mission is to help 40+ guys “double down” on body-and-soul health for the 2nd half of their life.

Look in any gym and count cardio machines. You’ll see more treadmills than anything else.

Ironic, since running and walking are the simplest of physical activities — the things for which you least need equipment. I know there are rational-sounding reasons to use a treadmill.

But for most guys in most situations, outdoors is better exercise, no more injury-threatening, better for your well-being, and more sustaining of long-term fitness.

Let’s assess the validity of…


This article was originally published at OlderBeast, whose mission is to help 40+ guys “double down” on body-and-soul health for the 2nd half of their life.

For 40+ guys intent on maximizing the second half of their lives, willingness to be a little New-Age-y helps. It opens your mind to things like eating more vegetables, doing yoga, and prioritizing “wellness.” At the same time, for physical fitness, there are Old School things we should stick (or return) to. Like push-ups, man.

They build upper body (and core) strength we strive to maintain or restore, in a time-efficient way. And you…


This article was originally published at OlderBeast, whose mission is to help 40+ guys “double down” on body-and-soul health for the 2nd half of their life.

Talk to ad industry people and you’ll learn that a disproportionately small share of ads target us 45+ guys. Though we’re a large portion of the population (and consumer spending), advertisers are more interested, proportionally, in women and younger guys.

But OlderBeast isn’t about business, so why bring this up?

Because it reflects “conventional wisdom” about us: that we rarely try new things, and that in many categories (e.g. …


This article was originally published at OlderBeast, whose mission is to help 40+ guys “double down” on body-and-soul health for the 2nd half of their life.

Taking care of yourself, to maximize the second half of life, is a constant challenge. It keeps reappearing in different ways — no matter how healthy and motivated you are.

Its toughest form, though, keeps you stuck at the starting line for health: difficulty sustaining regular exercise.

And when you don’t work out regularly, it’s harder to sustain good nutrition and find tranquility-of-spirit, too. So, overcoming this challenge is triply vital.


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This article was originally published at OlderBeast, whose mission is to help 40+ guys “double down” on body-and-soul health for the 2nd half of their life.

A recent OlderBeast article (Midlife Crisis? Nah…It’s Just the Start of Your Longest Run) highlighted that we have a beautiful opportunity to enhance the direction and meaning of life, as we start its longest chapter.

How long? With life expectancy for healthy people continuing to rise — and anti-aging science breakthroughs in the middle-distance — maybe really long.


This article was originally published at OlderBeast, which helps 40+ guys fearlessly double down on body-and-soul health for the 2nd half of their life.

Over my 25+ year career, I’ve spent about 750 nights on the road.

Whoa — over two years, man. This can raise “what am I doing?” career questions (it has for me).

But you don’t have to travel nearly that much to face this challenge: how to stay fit, eat decently and otherwise protect your wellness on the road?

Based on longtime self-observation and trial-and-error, here are four strategies to prevent travel from being hazardous to…


This article was originally published at OlderBeast, whose mission is to help 40+ guys “double down” on body-and-soul health for the 2nd half of their life.

At its heart, OlderBeast is about clearly seeing and courageously confronting many of the concerns that appear for men at their mid-life point and beyond. Concerns about staying physically vital. About not looking “old.” About warding off maladies that lurk in the shadows.

Among all concerns, perhaps the biggest is the most subconscious and hardest to recognize:

At or beyond life’s halfway marker, we’re uncertain what our life ultimately will have meant.

I know…


Guys who go to an office daily might think: “Please…cry me a river about your zero-minute commute because you work at home. I’d love that commute time back.”

It’s counter-intuitive that working at home, with commute time avoided, has fitness- and health-related pitfalls. After all, the #1 reason for not exercising is “I don’t have time.”

But having worked at home about half the time over the last decade, I can tell you first-hand: here are five fitness/health challenges that arise (and tips for overcoming them).

1. More Risk of Being “Sedentary” with Low Level of Basic Movement

Let’s start with the fundamental idea of not sitting still for too long and…

Mark Teitell

50-ish guy on mission to keep getting fitter, healthier, happier. Writer & Coach for like-minded 40+ men. Free “OlderBeast Way” eBook @ http://bit.ly/2n3pvnr

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