Thursday 21 June 2018

Supplements, pilates and maybe a Prius

Fellahs of 50 used to be old, now they wear trainers and nice jeans
Fellahs of 50 used to be old, now they wear trainers and nice jeans
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

A peer casually told me over lunch that he had a touch of arthritis in the knee. A cold shiver ran down my spine. Arthritis is for old people, isn't it? And we're not old people. Sure, we're heading up for 50. But 50 is different now to how it used to be. Fellahs of 50 used to be old. They wore suits and hats. Women of 50 were pretty much getting ready to get into a shawl and sit by the fire.

But not anymore. Fifty is young now. We wear trainers and nice jeans and all the young people's clothes we couldn't afford when we were actually young. We go out, we listen to modern music, we're up to speed with the latest fads. In fact, we're never going to get old. We are putting in the work now, with exercise and clean eating and complex regimes of probiotics and vitamins. And we are convinced somehow that all this is gong to prevent us from ever becoming actual old people.

I am lucky enough not to have to take any actual medications yet, but in the last few months I have managed to develop an elaborate regime of supplements. So I'm on two probiotics for some reason. Because somehow I have decided the Alflorex on its own isn't enough. So I take an OptiBac with fibre too. Because fibre is good, right? Are any of these actually sticking in my gut? Who knows? I feel they help, and the last time I saw the gut man he said if I think it works stick with it. I have now added to this something called Revive, which is an "Amino Acid, Vitamin & Mineral Complex combining 26 amazing active nutrients in one daily sachet to help you look, feel and perform at your best". A few people have mentioned that Revive is amazing so that was good enough for me. I now imagine that it is putting a pep in my step every morning, though in reality that could be down to the very strong coffee I have with it.

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