The same approach that works for a guy (or female) at the age of 20, 40, or 70… Change your way of life, and make it a long-term change as well. Specifically:

Diet: Because it accounts for 85 percent (or more) of the equation, I’ll begin with it first. Reduce your intake of junk food, which includes everything that is processed, high in sugar, and so on. Place a strong emphasis on lean meats, veggies, and fruits.

Weightlifting is really, extremely crucial. At your (our) age, once or twice a week is quite acceptable. Simply said, whack it hard. Every Monday and Thursday, I engage in a full-body workout.

Put an emphasis on complex activities such as squats, deadlifts, bench presses (using dumbbells rather than a barbell), military press, bend-over rows, pull-ups, chin-ups, bicep curls, and tricep dips. Lift as much weight as you are able to without risking harm.

Cardiovascular exercise: For me, a good, quick 30-minute run twice a week is plenty. If you exercise for longer periods of time, you will burn more muscle than fat.

That’s all there is to it. Simple, albeit not without its difficulties—at least in the beginning. But begin right away and never, ever stop. I was 41 years old at the time, and the first thing I did when I woke up was shuffled out of bed.

I had the feeling that I was finished, that this was the end, that this was what it was like to grow old.

Monkey brain is a brilliantly called word that relates to the condition of being in a constant state of feverish distraction, and it was something I suffered from.

Other ailments that I can think of are a struggle, tension, occasional anhedonia, worry, loneliness, and sadness.

While trying to figure out what to do with my formerly prosperous, but now lukewarm marriage, I was overcome with a general feeling of hopelessness.

I strolled into a yoga session on the spur of the moment. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy it, per se. Instead, as I walked out the door, I sensed a feeling of calm that I hadn’t had in a long time.

As a result, I went back for more.

Yoga was able to turn back the hands of time on my body over time. Not only did it make me feel calmer, happier, and more grounded, but it also helped me keep my sanity.

It demonstrated to me the importance of my own breath.

Yoga is a way of life. This implies that you don’t have to be very skilled at it. All you have to do is turn up.

It also implies that if you consistently show up, you will ultimately be able to perform things that you previously thought were impossible.

I just turned 50 and owing to my decision to enroll in a yoga class, I no longer struggle to get out of bed in the morning.

I believe this is less about yoga and more about the reality that it is never too late to feel like you are capable of doing things that you were unable to accomplish when you were twenty years old.

Never wait until it’s too late to become in shape.