“The more healthy people there are, the better off society will be.”

Men’s health Today is the birthday of Coverman par excellence Ari Boomsma: 50 years old! It is a wonderful moment to reflect, look back and look forward. “You don’t have to accept that things will only get worse physically from the age of 30.”

This is at least the sixth time you’ve graced our cover – has it become routine for you yet?

‘Haha, definitely not. The Men’s Health cover remains a special place. It’s a huge honour, whether it’s the first time or the sixth time. My first cover was in 2010, when I was in my mid-30s. It was still unusual at that time for people appearing on television to rehearse so much. That has already changed in 2024: the level of fitness has risen dramatically around the world, and many people are becoming extremely fit. There is also more information available and many more role models. This is a nice development. With a cap like this, it is good to keep in mind that there are always fitter and stronger men out there. It’s an honor, but it doesn’t make you better than the rest. Ultimately, the story you tell is what sets you apart from all those other men at that moment. And for me, this honor becomes even greater, because this cover marks my 50th birthday. Beautiful moment.”

Where can we paint to look like you at 50? What should we do – and not do – for it?

“I see a lot of fit people in their 50s. What they have in common, or ‘we’, is that over the years they’ve come to love the training itself. The process. I love the gym, I love working out at home. There are few things that give me Just as satisfying and fun as a good workout. Plus, it’s a mistake to think that things only get worse starting around age 30. You don’t have to accept that you’ll get fatter and less strong as you get older. Once you sit down and think: Well, that’s just part From it, you make a mistake. It’s simple: you use it or you lose it – so keep training, even if you are busy with work or family. If you allow yourself to become a little physically lax, do not immediately think that nothing can be done to change it. By By consistently doing small amounts every day, you can get back into shape. You don’t really have to spend five hours in the gym every week to get or maintain your fitness. I think there’s still a lot to be gained for people out there.

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