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The Aging Proposition

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Feb 27, 2017


Age over youth?

Whether you are already 50, or just someone who expects to be someday, The Aging Proposition is a must-read. Written by best-selling fitness author and health coach Scott Abel, this book explores not just how to add years to your life, but also — as the saying goes — how to add life to your years, with practical health, wellness and fitness advice on aging fantastically, and make your later years better than ever.

Scott discusses important topics about aging and youthfulness:

• How to approach weight loss and health after age 50.
• Dealing with a fear of aging.
• The differences between your biological age, chronological age, and your psychological age.
• Taking well-known concepts like "mindfulness" and applying them to how you view your own aging.
• How to embrace your age and live "age-tastically"!

This book uses research both old and new, and builds on Scott's own experiences working with his older coaching clients. Over age 50 himself, Scott discusses the habits and mindsets that will keep you living and feeling healthy and making the most of the gifts that come with aging.

Pick up your copy of The Aging Proposition today... and start living age-tastically!

Feb 27, 2017

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The Aging Proposition - Scott Abel

The Aging Proposition

Scott Abel

Edited by Perry Mykleby


As a thank you for getting this book, you can download the Abel Starter Set, including The Mindset of Achievement and Intro to Metabolic Enhancement Training (MET) (yes, the entire books) completely free.

The Mindset of Achievement is about reaching goals and sustaining them and building on them. If you’ve ever achieved something (e.g. weight loss) only to find you couldn’t sustain the success, this book is for you. It has chapters on habits & routines, motivation, getting out of ruts, fear of failure, mastery and much more. Intro to Metabolic Enhancement Training (MET) explains the methodology behind this unique metabolic training program, and includes two full 4-day programs.



Chapter 1. Fear of Aging

Chapter 2. Biological Age, Chronological Age, and Psychological Age

Chapter 3. A New Kind of Youthfulness

Chapter 4. Mind-Body and Body-Mind Connection

Chapter 5. The Importance of Awareness

Chapter 6. Insight, Intuition, Introspection, and the Benefits of Solitude

Chapter 7. Food Matters

Chapter 8. Weight Loss and Exercise After 50


Final Thoughts: Concrete Tips to Becoming Age-tastic!

Appendix: Noteworthy Age-tastic Quotes

Thank You

Other Works by Scott Abel


My father lived in a lot of pain near the end of his life. His 70 years of heavy smoking left him with congestive heart failure and it led to open sores all over his legs and feet. This left him wheelchair bound. When he got into the long-term care nursing home he said to me one day, This is just a place to wait around to die. He passed away three weeks later.

The blunt truth for so many people is that elder years offer an escape from an unfulfilling life. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Your fifties are the infancy of your elder years. How you choose to live those years can play a huge role in how the next decades will play out for you. I am going to advise you on how you can put your best foot forward into your future and live a grander life after 50.

This book is about embracing your own aging process. It’s about keeping accelerated, premature aging at bay,  choosing to see your fifties and sixties as the youth of your elder years.

It is also about understanding and embracing a new kind of youthfulness and how to age fantastically, and be fantastic as you age—age-tastic—and what that means mentally, emotionally, physically, behaviorally and even spiritually.

I’d like to begin with a poem called Youth, from American writer and poet Samuel Ullman (1840-1924). Ullman’s piece on youth and youthfulness fits perfectly as an introduction.


Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being's heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what's next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.

Ask yourself these questions:

Are you middle-aged, or age-tastic?

Are you over the hill, or climbing mountains?

Are you long in the tooth, or young at heart?

Are your best years behind you, or right now and ahead of you?

Your answers represent your outlook on aging.

Which ones do you identify with most, not just in your thoughts, but in your day to day behaviors and habits?

When it comes to adulthood, the story line I’ve read about a thousand times goes something like this: you spend your twenties indulging yourself and trying to figure out what you want. You spend your thirties going after whatever that ends up being. At some point in your forties you wake up and ask yourself, Is this all there is?

And yet, on the flip side, is the old expression, Life begins at forty.

But does it? What about after those years? The fact that there is scant attention paid to the fifth decade of life and what it can mean speaks volumes to how little this time of life is valued in our current zeitgeist. But it doesn’t have to be that way for you.

Chronologically, I am middle-aged, and that’s fine. The term middle-aged does not define me in any way. I am indeed aware of some certain diminished physiological capacities as a result of my body aging. But I don’t feel old. In fact, I’m not even sure what the term feeling old is even supposed to mean. I am just me, always being me. I have learned a lot at this age. I wouldn’t exchange a younger body or more youthful appearance for the wisdom I’ve gained and the life I get to live right now.

I am very fortunate. I stumbled on an avocation in my younger years that became a career for me. It just happened to be a career in fitness and physique development that leads to a great lifestyle, a lifestyle that brings benefits to any age person. But my passion for exercise and physique development has expanded into other elements of overall health, wellness and well-being. I now find myself in a lifestyle of youthfulness: how to stay young metaphorically and spiritually while growing older chronologically. I’d like to share these insights with you in this book.

I first wrote the book Physique After 50 to discuss the best forms of exercise for us as we age. That book was a solid first step. However, there are other quality-of-life issues to cover about living in an aging body; and I didn’t want to leave a trite impression that having a better physique after age 50 should be the ultimate goal.

Several insights occurred to me about this during my summer vacation. I was stopped several times during those weeks by people asking my age. Most comments were along the lines of Wow, you look fantastic. Or, No way I would have guessed you are 55 years old. We were at Starbucks one morning getting our caffeine fix when a man approached me and said, Pardon me for interrupting but I noticed you as soon as you came in and I just had to come over and talk with you. He was very enthused about my physique and my age in comparison. This man was also in his fifties. He said he follows an older Youtube exercise guru who I had never heard of, then went on to say that I look way better than him, and said that he would follow me in a heartbeat if I did something similar. He asked me about my training and my diet, and said just seeing me inspired him. I was quite flattered and gave him my website address.  It gave me a feeling of satisfaction, given that I had only recently finished Physique After 50.

I got comments and questions like that throughout my vacation. It reminded me of my former professional physique days when I would sign autographs and take pictures with

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