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“Be up for the next adventure.”
James, Horse Trainer

Sometimes retirement means stepping up your activity level, not slowing down. This includes eating right and staying fit over 50. That’s what James, age 55, did when he changed careers from a Hollywood digital illustrator to a horse trainer.

Staying Fit Over 50: Trading a Desk Chair for a Saddle

 

James traded a desk job for a career training horses in the great outdoors. He sees his lifelong commitment to staying fit and eating right as the key to giving him the energy to take on a physically demanding career in his 50’s. James was featured in the BOOST® Be UP For IT video series highlighting people up for making their dreams a reality by eating right over 50.

Staying fit over 50 by putting down the pencil and jumping into the saddle

As told by James:

In the mid-90's, I met some pretty incredible horsemen, and they were riding without a bridle and without a saddle, and doing all kinds of incredible things, so I said, "Man, that's me. That's what I want to do." It was an easy transition to move from being an illustrator to a horse trainer because horses are what I have a true passion for.

I'm an Ojibwa Indian. My parents have always tried to make sure that we grew up with our heritage. I try to apply a lot of Native American features like bareback riding. I enjoyed the natural horsemanship.

Staying Fit Over 50: Trading a Desk Chair for a Saddle

 

I treat a lot of horses that come to me with problems as a fresh horse. I start from the ground up, and kind of strip the horses back from the kinds of problems they have and start putting in new habits. Horse whispering is really more about learning horse language, “horsesonalities” if you will, versus placing human intention on the horse's personality.

The idea of staying fit over 50 has always been to stay fit to do the things I want to do. You've got to get the right nutrition, including protein to keep your muscles active. You come out here, it's a whole different set of muscles when you jump on a horse.

Check out this video of James in action:

Staying fit over 50: Be physically active

According to Karen Lundgren, Head of Medical Affairs, US Consumer Care Business for Nestlé Health Science and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), “James is ahead of the game when it comes to the importance of protein. Most people don’t realize that their protein needs increase as they age!”

However, eating right over 50 requires more than a focus on protein. “You’ve got to get the right amount of protein in your diet, plus other essential nutrients like carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals to help you support your active lifestyle. That’s why we created BOOST Optimum™ Advanced Nutritional Drink with 22 grams of high-quality protein plus essential carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals all in one bottle.”

Staying Fit Over 50: Trading a Desk Chair for a Saddle

 

James’ experience demonstrates that an encore career is not necessarily a less physically demanding one. Making sure you are getting the eating right over 50 is one way to help preserve your options. As James says, you need to “be up for the next adventure. Be up for the next challenge. Be up for the next chapter. There's nothing written on the page.”

Up for staying active and eating right over 50?

Try BOOST Optimum™ Drink as a mini-meal or snack to help get the nutrition you need for staying fit over 50. The 5-1 Advanced Nutrition formula contains a unique blend of 22 grams of protein, calcium and Vitamin D for muscle and bone health, Vitamin A for vision, B vitamins to help convert food to energy and antioxidants (including Vitamins C, E and selenium) to support normal immune function.

Staying Fit Over 50: Trading a Desk Chair for a Saddle