February 20

“Midlife Crisis” theory gutted and left for dead

If you have ever wondered if you are having… or if you are going to have… a “midlife crisis”…

Stop.

New research appearing on the scene today kills the old nonsense about folks in midlife…

As you’ll see, it turns out that people who have entered “The Zone”… which is roughly 30-70 years of age (yes, 70!) are far from in a state of crisis any longer.

In fact, we are stronger, more self-assured, and even LEANER than our younger friends.

How ’bout that?

Listen: If you want to read my first book, authored in 2004, that was saying this stuff almost a decade ago… with PICTURES to proof it to your eyes… then go here:

www.jonbensonfitness.com/fof <--- the truth about midlife

Here's what researchers are saying:

"Middle-age adults are no longer driven, but now the drivers," say Bernice Neugarten and Nancy Datan in their paper "The Middle Years".

I LOVE that sentence! We're in the driver's seat of life folks… that is if you're over the age of 30 and under the age of 70.

As for that "under 70" part… well, folks like the late, great Jack LaLanne proved that people into their 80s and 90s can be driving Ferraris when it comes to piloting their own destiny.

There's more:

"There is no specific time in life that predisposes you to crisis," said Alexandra Freund, a life-span researcher at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

"People are experts of themselves at this age."

Another provocative statement… so strong you can taste it!

"Experts of themselves."

Okay… so let's get past the rah-rah, look how cool we really are bit and move to some facts:

You MAY not feel like a self-expert…
You MAY not look like someone who is crisis-free…
You MAY not hear the good news for the noise…

The noise? A life that's TOO busy. Too "young" if you will. Too much on the go.

So much that, perhaps, you are letting yourself go just a bit… and… just maaaaybeee….

Blaming it on your age.

It's not your age. It's your commitments.

We only have so much time in the day, right? So a lot of folks who are super hard-working men and women find themselves out of shape and too damn tired to do much about it.

The SIN… the SIN here is to blame this on AGE.

It's not your age.

It's your commitments.

I repeated that on purpose. : )

Here's what I propose:

1. Re-examine your commitments; your time and how you are spending it. What can you alter or even let go of entirely so you can spend just 30 minutes a day taking care of YOU?

2. Who can you recruit? You need to pull your allies closer during this time. Push your enemies away… and do it ruthlessly. While you're nowhere near as 'old' as you may think you are, you are still battling that second hand on your watch…tick-tick-tick…

In short, you need some SOLID role models…folks who you can look to and get inspiration. That's what "Fit Over 40" is ALL about…

www.jonbensonfitness.com/fof (read more)

You also need a partner in crime. A friend or a spouse you can embark with on this new adventure.

3. Decide to make 1 SIMPLE CHANGE per day…or even per week… for the next 30 days. That’s it… do that and repeat this exerise until you have a personalized “Me System”…

Not just a cookie-cutter dietplan… never works.

You have to personalize, baby.

Make it your OWN.

Sure, I give you a great head start in my book, but you’ll need to take charge after reading it and committ bravely to one massive goal:

OWNING YOUR PROGRAM.

If you OWN it, you will DO IT.

Okay, one more thing:

“Researchers conducting large surveys have found that the main problem for middle-age people is feeling unable to get everything done.”

Direct quote from today’s news story.

LOOK: It’s a brave new world… a brave YOUNG world… where folks like me (I’m 47) look and feel 10, 15 even 20 years younger than their age.

Sure, it takes some work… everything does.

Yet, you now have the chance to turn back those tick-tocking second hands and look, feel, and move younger than you have in years.

It starts with your committment.

And hey: If there’s one thing we middle-age folks do better than anyone at any age…

… it’s committment.

The great news is that in 2011 you have so many more resources to make that committment easier time-wise, easier lifestyle-wise, and just a heck of a lot more fun.

Time’s a-wastin… : )

Jon Dana Benson

P.S. Did you like this article? Did it move you to desire some action? Some positive changes?

If so, would you be a sport and share it with others?

We’re in this thing together, you know… : )

February 4

Audio Interview with Bill Phillips

Tranformation by Bill PhillipsFor those of you who were lucky enough to pick up Bill Phillips’ latest work, Transformation, you’re in for a special treat today.

As promised, here’s the audio interview I did with Bill concerning the three “Transformation Essentials” that many readers may miss when going through the Transformation Solution System.

When I read Bill’s book and looked over the entire System, I knew these three critical keys to weight loss success MAY be overlooked by eager readers. I missed one of them myself at first.

Enjoy the audio!

P.S. You can also download the MP3 by right-clicking here.

P.P.S. Don’t have a copy of Transformation by Bill Phillips? CLICK HERE to pick it up today.

January 25

Your Daring, New Life (And The Loss Of An Icon)

Jack LaLanne, A True American IconThe world lost one of its best friends yesterday. I lost one of my heroes. Fitness icon and pioneer Jack LaLanne passed away after a very short struggle with pneumonia and complications from the disease. He was 96, and he worked out up until the very day he got sick.

Folks, fitness is not JUST about trying to live longer… it’s about trying to live BETTER.

Jack lived better than most people ever could. He lived more in a day than an unhealthy, passionless person lives in their entire lifetime.

I ask you to do three things in the free audio below.

I also discuss major changes in the way I’ll be doing business and providing free content to you in the coming year.

Oh… it’s unscripted. Raw. Safe for work… but still unedited. From the heart.

A tad too personal?… Perhaps.

You tell me:

Thank you, and Jack… R.I.P. Your influence and legacy will never die… and in that, rest assured, your image is still very much alive and kicking.

P.S. If you enjoy this audio, please click on the “Like” button at the bottom (look below) and share it on Facebook… or just email the link below to your friends:

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    P.P.S

. A lot of you have emailed me asking about my books and motivational products. I want to say THANK YOU and that I’m honored that you liked the audio above so much that you wanted to know more.

You can browse them here:

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December 17

Fatloss In Maui, Day 1

Now for something completely different: Me doing video blogs from Maui, Hawaii.

This year Hanna and I decided to head to Maui with a group of 10 other friends. This is part business, part pleasure… well, all pleasure if you consider the digs and the environment, weather, food… yeah. It’s pleasure. : )

Here’s a pic of where we’re staying: The Grand Wailea…

The Grand Wailea pools

I know… it doesn’t suck.

Here’s the first of many daily videos coming up on how I plan to lose body fat while on vacation… in Maui… for two weeks… and with 10 crazy friends. Quite the task, eh? Will my Every Other Day Diet Plan actually allow me to enjoy Maui to the fullest while still losing body fat? Let’s see… live. : )

Oh, fyi: I have spent the last 3 months out of the gym as I healed up a ruptured bicep tendon (ouch). This was a repetitive stress injury that I blame myself for, as I should have known that increasing weight on hammer curls as quickly as I was (from 30s for 10 to 65s for 8 in a matter of 8 weeks) was too hard on my tendons. Lesson learned. Since my legs are already very well-developed and grow quickly, and also partly due to the fact I was pretty bummed out over the injury, I took the entire time off.

I didn’t eat that great either. A move and a new company on top of this injury put me a bit off my game, at least for the first 2 months of dealing with it all. My body fat crept up to 12%; even higher prior to remembering to follow my own good advice! (ha) Doesn’t sound like much, but that’s double my normal body fat of 6%, give or take a percent.

Here’s my goals… see for yourself what can be done as I do it live.

NOTE: Each of these videos will be short and recorded on an iPhone, so they’re as scruffy as I intend to be for the next few weeks…

Aloha!

Jon

P.S. Click on the funny banner below to learn about the diet plan I’m using. I am switching from my “Extreme” version to the “Primer” every-other-day plan for the duration of this trip, give or take a day here and there where I go two on Burn, one off Feed…

September 13

2 Quick Recipe Tips

One of the most surprising benefits I’ve discovered for being engaged to a gal from the Middle East, other than the vast cultural exchange, is the cooking.

Oh, yes ladies… my gal COOKS!

Which is good since I am a lousy cook. : )

Hanna enjoys it… and she brings a Middle Eastern flair to some really boring fitness/bodybuilding foods that I want to share with you today.

Here’s just two quick tips from Hanna on making the ultimate in “boring” foods — egg whites and tuna (yuck) — taste incredible.

TIP 1:
Lively Egg White Omelette

Let’s face facts: Egg whites suck. At least that’s what I USED to think until Hanna decided to experiment with my morning omelette.

Now I eat this stuff like it was candy.

Here’s what she does:

1. She cooks the veggies separate from the egg whites. You’d think this would be common sense, but I never did it and I’ve seen a lot of people just toss it all in together.

2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil to the veggies. This alone improved the taste tremendously.

3. Add 1/2 egg yolk to the veggies after cooking for 1 minute. This, again, is primarily for taste.

4. Garlic! If you love garlic, here’s your chance. Garlic ROCKS in egg white omelets.

5. Use Pam or another non-stick spray for the egg whites and cook them like you would a normal omelette. Then pour the almost-cooked veggies in the middle. Do the omelette dance.

6. Here’s the SECRET SAUCE… literally. This will sound nuts until you try it:

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

Okay… Hanna’s bright, but this was an accident. She thought it was salsa. But I’ve NEVER gone back to salsa after stumbling on this incredible treat! I have no idea why it tastes so good, but it makes the omelette.

Try these tips and see if your egg white omelette doesn’t become your favorite meal of the day.

TIP 2:
Canned Tuna Extraordinaire

Again, I have the lovely Hanna to thank for this.

Like egg whites, I used to HATE canned tuna. Now, again, I can eat this every night without complaint.

Here’s what she does:

She cooks the veggies the same way as in the omelette above and then pours the tuna from the can into a skillet. That’s IT.

I’ve never had “tuna ala skillet” before… and I have no clue why this tastes so smooth and delicious, but it does.

If you hate canned tuna for being dry or tasteless, try this. You’ll never go back.

If you want 40 pages of recipes like this… very yummy and VERY healthy… then be sure to pick up my EODD “Favorite Foods” Dieplan.

Here’s more about it:

Every Other Day Diet

Remember:
Don’t Quit. Get Fit!

P.S. Most of the recipes that come with my EODD book can be prepared in 15 minutes or less… so do not let the clock become your enemy when it comes to getting lean!

And remember: You can eat your favorite foods several days per week on my plan and still get rid of excess bodyweight.

Why give up living when you don’t have to, right? : )