Although I didn’t know it at the time, my book had its start in a doctor’s office in West Los Angeles in 2008. That’s when a doctor told me: “You’re not getting any younger. Lose 5 to 10 pounds and your numbers should return to normal.” (At that point, I was at least 20 pounds above what I considered to be my optimum weight for my existing muscle mass and at least 20 pounds above what I had weighed not long before.)
I had always been thin. When I was 29 and a recent law school graduate, I began to educate myself on nutrition and began to make healthier food choices (less fries, more fruit, less red meat). When I was 30, I began to lift weights for the purpose of increasing strength and gaining weight by adding muscle mass.
I was happy with the results for the next two decades. However, in about an 18 month period in 2007 and 2008 – at the ages 51 and 52 – I started to put on weight in the form of body fat and my waist size increased. Alarmed by the weight gain, I had a blood panel done in 2008. My last one had been in 2006 and it contained some impressive numbers for a 50 year old. There were significant changes on the 2008 panel, and in the wrong direction.
I refused to accept age alone (the doctor’s comments) as the determinant of my health going forward. I had always been told that I looked a lot younger than my chronological age. I wasn’t ready to throw in the proverbial towel. My parents had both passed away in their early 60s – when I was 21 – and I fully intended to be proactive in my own longevity and in my own quality of life.
I decided to re-boot my commitment to health, fitness, and nutrition and to reclaim my prior state of health. I resolved to lose at least 15 pounds (I significantly exceeded that goal and, more significantly, lost inches from my waist), and I resolved to become more fit than ever. What happened next was that I not only reclaimed my prior state of health, I improved upon it (without any medications) and I became more fit than ever. I became so impressed by the importance of exercise and nutrition in my health going forward that working out and eating right were not enough. During the period from 2009 to 2012 – already an attorney and a jet-rated pilot – I became a Certified Personal Trainer, a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Certified Wellness Coach.
This book is about that journey. This book is about belief in oneself, maintaining inner strength, and understanding exercise, fitness, nutrition, and wellness. This book is also about getting younger instead of getting older, discovering your inner athlete, and becoming and remaining healthy and fit in both body and mind.
This book is for people who have never exercised but would like to start; for people who would like to know more about good nutrition; for people who exercise but have not seen results; for people whose fitness level has declined and who want to re-ignite their fitness quest; for people who choose to be proactive about their own health, fitness and wellness; for people interested in the mind-body connection; and for people who reject negative self-talk and self-limiting stereotypes about life after the age of 50.
Although I wrote this eBook with persons over the age of forty in mind and am an example of what is achievable in one’s 50s, my own fitness awareness began at age 29 and continued to evolve throughout my 30s, 40s, and 50s, and is still evolving. Fitness, nutrition, and wellness benefit people of all ages. So, readers of all ages are welcome.
As a writer, blogger, speaker, and media commentator he informs and inspires his audience to commit to a healthy lifestyle by reminding them “you can get better instead of getting older”.
At 52, after years of enjoying good health, Robert was challenged when a visit to the doctor’s office revealed his health profile had changed and he was no longer the emblem of health he had been. That alarm, that wake-up call, that unprecedented need to lose body fat and the doctor’s statement “You’re not getting any younger” ignited something within him.
Robert was challenged for the first time with the need to lose weight and re-boot his commitment to fitness or be at risk for potentially serious health issues.
He refused to accept age alone as the determining factor of his health going forward.
Fitness became such a priority and passion that working out was no longer enough. He began studying and learning as much as his could about fitness, nutrition, and wellness. His appetite for learning led him to earn four certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Personal Trainer from the National Council on Strength and Fitness, Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition from the International Sports Sciences Association, and Certified Wellness Coach from Spencer Institute, an affiliate of the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association. He has also recently taken additional course work in Sport and Exercise Psychology at California State University. To learn more about Robert’s certifications, click here.
His law school education (Juris Doctor, Southern Methodist University) and his experience as an attorney distinguish him with analytical skills, which he now applies to his study and work in health, fitness and wellness. While still in his teens, Robert progressed from Student Pilot to Certified Flight Instructor. Later, he became a professional jet pilot. In the fitness realm, he has been a training client and is now a trainer with multiple fitness certifications. All of this gives him unique perspective as both teacher and student, and as both trainer and client. To Robert, learning is a lifelong process.
Robert’s latest book is the health/fitness how to book, Age Re-Defined.
Visit his website at www.RobertHenryFitness.com.
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