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I Want to Live Forever

By Anne Keckler | February 13, 2008

While I was at the gym yesterday, someone told me that his doctor has informed him that he cannot expect to gain any more muscle because it’s impossible to do so after the age of 40. I was reminded of the Colbert Report I was watching the other night, when Stephen Colbert was interviewing Dr. Aubrey de Grey about his book, Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime.


Dr. De Grey is a biomedical geriontologist who founded The Methuselah Foundation. He believes that we can not only prevent, but actually reverse the effects of aging.

Kelly Nelson


Kelly Nelson, who didn’t even begin weight training until the age of 53, and then went on to win multiple titles in bodybuilding, is an inspiration to me, and an great example of what is possible. As I said to the guy at the gym, every day we are proving to the doctors what is possible. They are learning from those of us who are determined to live as long as possible, and remain as healthy as possible.




Clarence Bass at 70



Another inspiration to me is Clarence Bass. He’s been lifting weights since he was a teenager, but he’s now in his 70’s and still looks great!




But my own mother has always been my biggest inspiration. While she isn’t a bodybuilder, and hasn’t won any awards for her fitness, she has always exercised and tried to live as healthily as she knew how. I have many family members who suffer from various illnesses, such as adult-onset diabetes and heart disease, but my mom has avoided all of those things so far. I give a lot of credit to her lifestyle. I remember that she would do jumping jacks and stretches every morning before going to work. She walked on the beach, and she played tennis. Now in her seventies, she is healthy and independent, and she will probably continue to be for a long time to come.

Of course, none of us knows what the future holds. We each have our own genetic potential to contend with, as well as hazards to face along the road of life. But if we take good care of ourselves we will greatly improve our chances of living a long and active life. And who knows? Maybe the scientific community will finally figure out how to help us live forever. I think I’d like that. How about you?

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One Response to “I Want to Live Forever”

  1. Vicham Says:
    February 13th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    I’m all for living forever if I can do so while being healthy and capable of doing whatever I’d like. At this point, living forever may give me just enough time to do the things in life I’d like to do/accomplish. 😀


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