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45 & Thrive: A new year, and time for a change

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As readers who follow this column perhaps might recall from my article from back in September, I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. In fact, in that article I argued the position that for many people, September 1st is a more practical and reasonable time of year to make a resolution or a life change that is likely to be successful. So, bear with me as I contradict myself here. Not with respect to my health and wellness habits; those are tried, true and effective, and I have already seen my own lifestyle lapses from holiday overindulgence erased by a return to my regular 45 & Thrive fitness and dietary lifestyle in the last week or so. However, I have ‘resolved,’ as the New Year begins, to switch my writing focus towards a larger, and more daunting, project.

Therefore, today I present my last (regular) article for my 45 & Thrive column with Kingstonist. For the past year, with the exception of a few weeks in the summer, I have had the privilege of sharing my passion for health, wellness, fitness and robust longevity with you through the amazing portal that is Kingstonist. It has been both an intellectually stimulating and greatly satisfying process, and the support I have received from both the professional staff at Kingstonist and our many readers has been very welcome.

Together we have explored the underlying principles and the practical elements of seeking an active, strong, and happy lifestyle from middle age towards the second half of life. My goal, from the beginning, has been to curate, simplify and convey the most practical and focused fitness and training advice to my peers and like-minded mature adults. Through a lifetime of professional experience, considered evidence based research, and what I hope was an open mind to new perspectives, I have attempted to synthesize and communicate the best practices for efficient, effective health and fitness practices to you. In so doing, I have received invaluable positive feedback as well as constructive, respectful criticism and perspectives from readers and clients alike. It has been a very rewarding experience. This has been a wonderful opportunity to continue learning and has lead me to a greater depth of knowledge and understanding of this field. Subsequently, through encouragement from both readers and clients, it has lead me to consider exploring and expanding my understanding of the best health practices for mid-life and beyond. So, not quite knowing where this will lead, I am turning my writing efforts towards an expanded, comprehensive format which, perhaps, might end up as a book. We’ll see.

This shift will, for the most part, take me away from continuing my bi-weekly articles in the Kingstonist, but the hope in the long run is to produce a more complete, practical, and evidence based guide to health and wellness for those of us seeking to optimize health and vitality through a commitment to robust longevity. Will it ever see the light of day? Will I actually write and publish this book? I don’t know. But unless I try, it most certainly will not. I may write an occasional column here and there for the Kingstonist as I explore this project and perhaps come across interesting and compelling information which I’d like to share, so you’ve likely not heard the last of me. In the interim, I can always be reached through my website 45andthrive.com, and would welcome feedback or discussion of any of the articles and posts I’ve published in the past, or on any current topic related to fitness, health, and wellness.

As I sign off for now, I would be remiss if I did not clearly acknowledge and thank the terrific staff at the Kingstonist, especially the professional excellence of Tori Stafford. Tori shepherded each and every column through a draft-to-publishable process with humour, expertise, creativity, and patience. Thank you, Tori!

Until we meet again, either at the gym, through the occasional article here in the Kingstonist, or on the bookshelf of your favourite bookstore… as always, ‘Lift Long and Prosper.’

Michael Patterson, M.Ed.

Michael Patterson M.Ed, has spent 30+ years as a fitness and health professional. He holds degrees in Physical and Health Education, Psychology, and Education. Find out more about Michael and follow him on his website at www.45andthrive.com, and on Instagram @45andthrive. Questions and comments can be sent to [email protected].

*Disclaimer: The information provided and discussed in this column is based on my personal experience, studies of physical and health education and my expertise as a lifelong fitness and health professional.  Any recommendations made about fitness, training, nutrition, supplements or lifestyle, or information provided through this column, should be discussed with your physician or other health-care professional.

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