Sunday morning, a friend of mine emailed me a link to an article called Meet Vegan Bodybuilder Jim Morris, Former Mr. Universe at the Forks Over Knives website. Mr. Morris is 79 years old and has been a lifelong bodybuilder and weight trainer. He’s in amazing shape and credits his health and longevity to becoming a vegetarian at age 50 and then a vegan at age 65.
That’s pretty impressive. I’m posting a couple of photos of Morris at age 60 (my age now) and 71 (his age when he last competed) respectively. I’m not even sure how you get enough protein to maintain such an impressive physique with a vegan diet, but obviously it works for him.
On Morris’s website, his bio page tells of his incredible life, including working as a bodyguard for entertainer Elton John for 15 years. That’s only one example of his vast set of accomplishments.
The rest of his site contains a wealth of data about working out and diet for the older weight trainer from which the rest of us can really benefit. I encourage you to take the time and go over all of that information. It’s worth it.
No, I’m not even slightly tempted to become a vegetarian let alone a vegan, but most of what Morris writes about or cites doesn’t require that you do so.
There’s even a Facebook page called Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness promoting a documentary film on Morris’s career, which includes being a former Mr. America, Mr. USA, Mr. Universe, and Mr. International.
He’s got a lot to say, particularly to the older person looking to maintain longevity and quality of life. I think the rest of us should be listening.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility is being superior to your former self.