The other day I saw a picture of myself from 2008, doing the kneeling back bend stretch in front of a reclining Buddha statue in China. I put the picture up on my Instagram page and someone asked, “Can you still do that?”
I’m not a fan of this question as it implies “I think you’re too old to do that now.”
Most people go along with the “age narrative,” telling themselves from a young age, that they are “too old” for various activities. In some cases this is wise, but in many situations, the “I’m too old” idea is nothing more than a self-imposed delusion.
It’s not that you can’t do it; it’s that you haven’t made up your mind to “make it happen.”
When I was 20, I wasn’t able to do many of the things I accomplished at 35, 40, 55, and so on.
After going through a rough period in my late 40’s and early 50’s, with various eye injuries and surgeries, which led to weight gain, inflexibility and much more, I wondered if I would ever get back to being anywhere close to what I once was.
Various drugs I was given caused my body to balloon almost beyond belief. Along with the bloatage came stiffness of virtually every joint in my body.
At this point I dropped the prescribed drugs, put myself on enzymes and herbs, and this helped tremendously.
Yet, what about repairing the side effects that lingered? The weight gain. The stiffness.
This is where I discovered the healing power of meat, especially when consumed abundantly and almost exclusively.
Getting carbohydrates, in all their forms and guises, out of my body, allowed my body to make a miraculous recovery. Most of the excess weight dropped off from eating meat alone – and when I was able to begin seriously training again, going back to the program I outlined years earlier in my Combat Stretching DVDs, helped me get my strength and flexibility back in a monumental way.
So when I read the words, “Can you still do that?” below the picture of myself doing the kneeling back bend stretch, I had my son, Frank, take a few pictures for me.
I got into the position within seconds and Frank snapped a good one.
Upon seeing it, someone asked, “What is the secret to your longevity?”
Ask me that in another 40 years, I thought.
But if you want to know the secret to my flexibility, I can answer that now. It’s called Combat Stretching.
Get it and you’ll see why it works wonders all over the world.
By the way: Long-time Furey Faithful follower, John Torres, posted something yesterday that made my day. He wrote:
“I’m actually laughing at myself now. I’ve tried every stretching program, before, and after Combat Stretching. Needless to say, Combat Stretching IS THE BEST. Two days later, I am feeling as flexible as a cat. Forever grateful, Matt Furey.”
Thanks mucho, John. It works every time, doesn’t it?