It doesn’t seem great to be an oldtimer these days. Every other day, a headline or two pops up about young up-and- comers, like Matthew Yap – this issue’s cover guy – who broke the world squat-lifting record at the tender age of 18!
But it’s not the end, though, especially when you consider that there are guys at 79 still rocking six-packs, like Clarence Bass, also known as Mr Ripped. He shares with us on how he has kept being “ripped” despite the ravages of time.
Or here’s a fave anecdote on ageing: I once spoke to soft-rock legends Michael Learns To Rock, and, frighteningly, none of the trio look like they’ve aged much since their heydays in the 90s.
Guitarist Mikkel Lentz said: “When you do things you like, you don’t look so busted from hard work. We’ve always enjoyed life, and trips like the one we’re on to Asia help us get some sun as well.
“The trick is really this: When your job is what you enjoy, it helps you stay mentally healthy. Physically, we work out and eat healthy. And, of course, playing music is really helpful,” adds the 47-year- old.
But what genre you play matters as well, says singer and keyboardist Jascha Richter. “If you play rock music, it’s a different story. Look at Steven Tyler [of Aerosmith]!” the 52-year- old jokes.
So now you know. If you want to stay young, keep strumming those guitar strings, and keep those vocal cords humming!