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Old 06-09-09, 12:42 PM   #1
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anybody else feel or look like a younger person?

I'm really pleased with my body transformation since working out with various programs and sports including cycling since 2000. I'm almost surprised and if the light is right I can swear I look as good now as I did when I was 18.

Of course, getting out of bed in the morning is a completely different story!
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Old 06-09-09, 12:47 PM   #2
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I'm 55. But when I 'm around people my age I often think "Who are these old people?"
I know I'm not 18, or 28, but people regularly think I'm 10-15 years younger tan I am. And I'm pretty sure it isn't just because I act so immaturely.
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the older I get, the better I used to look
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Old 06-09-09, 01:07 PM   #4
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At 51 I'm in the best physical shape of my life. No one is ever going to confuse me with being 18 but I shock people that I'm over 50. This seems to be the age of seperation where the majority begin the slide to decay and some of us keep on rolling.
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I just turned 50 last month, and I'm regularly taken for 35 - 40. I certainly feel better now than when I was 35 (about 80 lbs ago). I'm not in the best physical shape of my life, but I'm probably close to the best shape I've been in since my late 20's.
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Old 06-09-09, 01:18 PM   #6
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I'm a 20 year old trapped in a 50 year old bod...
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I know lots of "younger" people who feel and look horrible. Given my current good health, I'm content to look and feel as I do, regardless of my age.
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Old 06-09-09, 01:41 PM   #8
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Since I lost a lot of weight my face has gotten a lot saggier, and I've become more gaunt-looking. It's especially noticeable on the skin under my chin. Oh well:

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I don't look a day under 68. It is amazing!
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Old 06-09-09, 01:54 PM   #10
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I'm 55. But when I 'm around people my age I often think "Who are these old people?"
I know I'm not 18, or 28, but people regularly think I'm 10-15 years younger tan I am. And I'm pretty sure it isn't just because I act so immaturely.
I ride semi-regularly with a bunch of bicyclists who (I assume) are in the 50-60-70 age group. Compared to them, the other 60 year olds that I know seem OLD.
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Old 06-09-09, 02:37 PM   #11
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The more days I ride the better I feel, assuming I don't kill myself on any of the rides.

Funny how that works.
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Old 06-09-09, 02:52 PM   #12
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Since I lost a lot of weight my face has gotten a lot saggier, and I've become more gaunt-looking. It's especially noticeable on the skin under my chin. Oh well:
hey, I get depressed cause I have to trim my ears more often than I shave!
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otherwise - I'm good when the 10/10 rule is applied (look fine at 10 mph or 10 yds...)

one could say there's an up side to losing in-close vision...
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Old 06-09-09, 03:35 PM   #13
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No, unfortunately, I am old and I look old. Might as well face it!

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I fill young no one thinks I'm as old as I am (53) but one day I jumped from a 12 ft. wall and I knew I wasn't young anymore that landing was much harder than I ever recall in my younger day it was nothing to do that at all.
The knees and the jolt when I landed really reminded me not to do that again.
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Some days I feel and act like I'm 25 ... and then I wake up the next morning and my muscles and knees remind me that I'm not....
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I'm in much better shape than at any time in the last 20 years of my life. Physical health definitely sharpens me mentally, and I have fewer stretches of the blues.

I'm sticking with the program.
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Since I lost a lot of weight my face has gotten a lot saggier, and I've become more gaunt-looking. It's especially noticeable on the skin under my chin. Oh well:

Better to look gaunt than fleshy.
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Old 06-09-09, 05:33 PM   #18
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BTW, we have a Wii. I consistently score in the mid 20's on the Wii Sport Age Test thing. Bugs the heck out of my wife who's 4 years my junior.
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The more days I ride the better I feel, assuming I don't kill myself on any of the rides.
I'm with you. Even my knees feel better the more I ride - wonder how long that'll last? But yeah, people think I'm 10 years younger - wish it were true.
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I'm almost surprised and if the light is right I can swear I look as good now as I did when I was 18.
For me that light is pitch black!

I have a photo of myself and family when I was around 40 - I looked like I was 25. I was in great shape - aerobics 4 times a week and weights 2 days/week and weighed 155 lbs. I wish I looked that good again - but that was then and this is now. Most folks are surprised when I tell them I am 53 but the gray hair is coming fast.
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Old 06-09-09, 08:47 PM   #21
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All of us who keep active seem to act and look younger than our age group peers. When I go back to the town I grew up in, I'm amazed at the people who were old at 40 and not, in their 60s, can't imagine doing anything physical.
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Old 06-09-09, 09:30 PM   #22
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I've always looked older than I am (came in handy when I was 16 and wanted to buy booze but not so great now). My wife says I'm half the man I was when I started riding a couple of years ago (actually only lost 40 or so lbs. but the loss of weight and the better physical condition have combined to make me a very different person). I guess I'm OK looking older than I am as long as I don't feel/act older than I am. On the positive side, no one will question my wearing a 50+ jersey.
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Old 06-09-09, 09:43 PM   #23
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I got carded the other day when I asked for my 55+ discount at one of the local stores,the young lady didn't want to believe until I showed her my drivers lisence. The next store gave me a discount for being a senior 65+,somedays you can't win.
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I have gotten some positive remarks from two different doctors, both which kind of surprised me.

A doctor, whom I had never seen before, was giving me a physical when I was around 50 (about five years ago). He commented about me being in what he thought was amazing shape for my age and how few similarly aged people he saw who were in my condition. I have no idea of what the particulars were that impressed him.

A couple of years ago I was getting a physical because of something I wanted checked out, and once again a new doctor commented on my condition. When listening to my chest he said something like "you must be a swimmer, huh?" I told him no, but I commute to work by bike. Apparently whatever he was hearing from my lungs/breathing or my heart was enough to communicate to him that I exercised regularly. It surprised me that he could tell by listening.

I don't think I have any special physical giftedness, I just credit a lot of it to having been fairly active most of my life, with bike commuting about 8 months out of the year for the last four years. Exercise seems designed to help one's body in amazing ways.
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Old 06-10-09, 03:16 AM   #25
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I have always gotten comments about looking younger than I am. Having started riding about 9 months ago I have lost over 20 lbs and feel a little better as well.
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