At age 42, Brian Brode of Plano, Texas, a financial adviser and father of four, was living a typical American lifestyle; that is to say, a very busy, but a sedentary way of life. That's when a medical stress test determined that Brian, chronologically only 42, already had the body of a 65-year-old. To find out YOUR "Real Age," without the expense and inconvenience of a doctor's visit, you can go to www.RealAge.com .
Awakened by the doctor's grim prognosis that if he didn't make some lifestyle adjustments he was in for some rough sledding ahead, Brian started a program of self-renewal. As a result, a couple of years later and now a triathlete, Brian tested out as a "31-year-old" with the metabolism of a 12-year-old. While growing chronologically older, he had managed to become biologically 34 YEARS YOUNGER! By age 47, about five years since his doctor's dire warnings, Brian's percentage of body fat was down to a Tiger Woods-like 7.2% (the normal range for men being around 18 to 20%). Brian is now known far and wide as Tri-Boomer.
When asked in a recent interview how one takes that first big step toward personal transformation, he replied that the key is "a burning desire" to make a change. He then went on to explain the three types of motivation that move people to make major lifestyle adjustments. I'll try to do justice to his explanation here:
- The Burning Bush -- This is when you are moved to action by the feeling that there is a higher power or purpose that is calling you (e.g., you feel it's the right thing to do)
- The Burning Heart -- This motivation has to do with really wanting to achieve a particular goal you have in mind (e.g., you want to run a marathon)
- The Burning House -- This is when you have to get out quickly. You're forced by circumstances to change or else experience the dire consequences of not taking action (e.g., being diagnosed with a serious illness or the threat of one)
Brian's TRIing became more of a permanent lifestyle for him when he started using his competitions as fundraisers for favorite causes. This, plus staying healthy so he'll be there for his family, is all the motivation he needs to keep swimming, biking and running as a triathlete.
Brian's blog (TriBoomer.blogspot.com) won an award for being the best blog in its category for 2008. It's a great place to find out more about triathlons, raising money for charity and to follow Brian's fascinating journey and experiences in the triathlon world. On his site he has some excellent links to other websites with a wealth of information about TRIs and triathletes. Brain also has a podcast entitled "Stay Tuned Triathlon Report" which you can find by doing a search on i-tunes. Currently on his blog there is a "I'm Growing Bolder" post which has a link to the interview I referenced earlier and where you can listen to his Burning Bush -- Burning Heart -- Burning House analogy in his own words.
Brian "Tri-Boomer" Brode is an example of someone who has reversed the aging process and grown biologically younger. In the process he's showing what is possible for us, too. Brian found the burning desire necessary to make bold changes. As a result he now enjoys greater well-being and a new passion for life that revolves around raising funds and awareness for causes he believes in through his involvement in the world of triathlons. What burning desire can you use to improve your life? Maybe the launching pad would be to find out how old you REALLY are.
Ed Mayhew is a speaker (need one?) and author of Fitter After 50, Fitter for Life and Age Blasters: 3 Steps to a Younger You You can meet him at: www.FitterForLife.com www.YouCanGrowYounger.com www.AgeBlasters3.com Ask for your F*R*E*E* Fitter for Life newsletter