I love a good sleeve tattoo. There is just something so…intriguing about it. Don’t get me wrong; I am ink free and so is my husband. I certainly wouldn’t mind it though. I just worry about how those age. Am I right? There’s a bit of sag that can make the likeness of your daughter look like Lucille Ball. That’s not appealing.
Some men age better than others, and since this is Men’s Health Month, our focus is all about men.
How well do men wear their sleeve tattoos past their mid-life crisis period?
Okay, so that isn’t the actual topic, but some do quite well. It depends on how you age, which is determined by lifestyle, environment, and genetics. You can only control a couple of those elements (until gene splicing to cut out the bad and replace it with good becomes more than a Marvel movie).
Staying in good shape might allow you to wear your sleeve tattoo as well as this man. Of course, rocking an awesome white Billy Gibbons-style beard doesn’t hurt either.
Enter Ant Middleton! No, he doesn’t have a Gibbons beard because he is only 39 and not gray yet. He does have some serious tattoos and is the UK Special Forces version of Chris Kyle. Ant focuses on body weight exercises and the strength of positive thinking. He’s a great example of how mental health and sharpness can help you tackle your physical health goals. And because most of his workouts don’t require any equipment, they can easily be done at your home.
I’m not sure about the hand stand push-ups, and I haven’t seen him mention how to modify that one for someone who can’t stand on their hands, but you might check out some of his videos. Of course, you don’t have to do a SAS workout to focus on physical activity. You could also try these simpler options:
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator. (This recommendation is in every move-more publication EVER! I’m not sure about you, but we could probably come up with a close estimate of the number of elevators in this county totaling less than 100, so I’m not sure how many of us have the luxury of actually using an elevator instead of the stairs.) On to more practical ways to incorporate movement into your lifestyle.
- Take a stroll during your lunch break.
- Play Cornhole!
- Enjoy a bike ride with your kids or grand-kids. If you’re lamenting that you don’t have a bike, there are such things as pawn shops and second hand stores that will get you what you need.
- Play Frisbee. I recommend Ultimate if you can find enough people, but a simple game of catch is great too. If you want to test your agility, play Frisbee with someone who is under 10 and lacks coordination. You’ll be chasing that Frisbee all over the place. Just be careful on that ladder when you retrieve said disc from the roof.
- Go fishing. Crickets are relatively cheap, but with ultralight tackle and some cricket hooks: tons of fun. You might catch a mess of bluegill easily. You’ve missed the first spawn in June because the full moon was last week, but they’ll continue to spawn around each full moon until the water temperatures drop off again.
If you’ve made it this far through the article, you’re either making a list of things to try, or contemplating how to sneak these into the life of your dad, brother, spouse, etc. The important part is to choose activities that interest you.
Here’s a little secret though: if you’re trying to encourage increased physical activity in the life of a man you love, you have a bit of an advantage. Here’s why: my husband doesn’t normally go in for sports, but he played a lot of Ultimate Frisbee with me in college while we were dating. He did it because he was interested in me and not because he enjoyed Ultimate. The same can be said for my dad. He had stopped gardening, but when I started gardening in the desert of Albuquerque…well, he couldn’t be outdone! And he started gardening again because it interested me. Dads, husbands, men in general, are good about doing things for the sake of those they love, so if you can’t drag your dad to the lake to fish, try going yourself and ask him to come along.