#122 | How to Stay Young (or Die Laughing) | Bill Gifford

Fullscript for WiseAthletes

I often say I don’t want to LIVE forever, I just don’t want to stop having fun.

Today on episode 122 I am speaking with Bill Gifford, the author of “Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying)” and the co-author of the recent best-seller “Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity” written with Peter Attia MD. Bill wrote Spring Chicken back in 2015 when he was just beginning on his exploration of healthspan and longevity, and used his journalistic skills to share his findings with us all. And more recently, Bill worked with Peter Attia to write the latest longevity blockbuster with the latest, best scientific knowledge about how each of us can slow the rate of aging …and keep having fun for a long, long time.

Spring Chicken is a super fun read and a rip-roaring journey into the world of anti-aging science – a murky place filled with extraordinary breakthroughs (new) and dangerous deceptions (new and old).

Bill Gifford is a journalist comfortable writing for periodicals on lifestyles and health, who has the chops to tackle an in-depth look at the complexities surrounding aging and what we can (and can’t) do about it. Gifford leaps deftly into the fray, sifting through both the nonsense and the sensible, all while learning some things about his own aging body along the way. Gifford’s analysis takes into account the fact that the concept of old age has changed over the millennia, with life expectancy expanding, meaning more old people are alive now than ever before. Unfortunately, with longer lives has come the increased need for a daily medication of some sort, and heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease are acting as the inevitable escorts down the last stretch to the pearly gates.

Bullet points

  • Don’t be weak in any area of health…sometimes you have to do what you don’t want to do
  • You don’t have to make health a full time job
  • Don’t focus on exercise. Instead find something fun to do that moves your body
  • Longevity medicine has come a long way. Be safe when you venture off the map

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Curious athlete who demands answers. Husband to Susan ( Father of 3 daughters. Athletic pursuits over time, in reverse order: cycling, skiing, mountaineering, rock climbing, triathlon, golf, tennis, football.

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