Piano World Home Page

What's the key to staying young?

Posted By: Opus45

What's the key to staying young? - 03/25/10 05:11 PM

This is how actor Anthony Hopkins answered this question in a interview for the March 2010 issue of Mens Journal :

"I paint, and I play the piano a lot - complex exercises in Bach and Chopin. It doesn't matter if I play them well or not. I practice and practice to keep supple the coordination in my arms, my hands, my fingers."

...thought some of you might appreciate that.
Posted By: Rickster

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/25/10 06:12 PM

Yes, that is interesting.

I too feel younger since I started learning to play the piano, (and lost 35 pounds grin); not that I can play a piano very well.

This thread reminds me of a song I wrote recently, “Every time I think about you, it makes me feel so young”. It is a country style song (even sang off-key just a little, but it was early in the morning when I recorded it grin).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB5GrkXh_hU

Of course, staying young and feeling young are two different things… or are they? thumb

Take care,

Rick


Posted By: CebuKid

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/25/10 07:17 PM

Originally Posted by Opus45
This is how actor Anthony Hopkins answered this question in a interview for the March 2010 issue of Mens Journal :

"I paint, and I play the piano a lot - complex exercises in Bach and Chopin. It doesn't matter if I play them well or not. I practice and practice to keep supple the coordination in my arms, my hands, my fingers."

...thought some of you might appreciate that.


I recently watched his latest movie, "The Wolfman" in which he played the piano!! I observed his movements, and it didn't appear he was "faking it." No wonder, because he really is a player. That's great information about Hopkins, Opus45. Thanks for sharing. smile

In contrast, I also watched "Scott Joplin" on my Netflix streaming. Billy Dee Williams did an absolute horrible job of "fake-playing". His left-hand didn't "stride" at all when playing Joplin pieces. It was obvious they had no technical consultant for this film (or if they did, it was a really bad consultant)...
Posted By: JimF

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/25/10 08:07 PM

Anthony Hopkins......

Quote
"I paint, and I play the piano a lot - complex exercises in Bach and Chopin. It doesn't matter if I play them well or not. I practice and practice to keep supple the coordination in my arms, my hands, my fingers."


There's that..... and the occasional meal of "liver with some fava beans and a good chianti" whome

(sorry, his name invariably gives me Hannibal Lecter flashbacks)
Posted By: Egel

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/25/10 09:56 PM

Playing music on any instrument is meant to help with cognitive function according to the medical experts. Cognitive function is the secret to staying young.

I have a huge interest in Ragtime piano and enjoy its often playful and comical melodies.

At times I often feel like a toddler finding his / her legs for the first time when stummbling around the piano keyboard. Does this count as staying young?
Posted By: ChopinAddict

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/25/10 09:58 PM

Originally Posted by Opus45
This is how actor Anthony Hopkins answered this question in a interview for the March 2010 issue of Mens Journal :

"I paint, and I play the piano a lot - complex exercises in Bach and Chopin. It doesn't matter if I play them well or not. I practice and practice to keep supple the coordination in my arms, my hands, my fingers."

...thought some of you might appreciate that.


ha That must be the reason why people always still take me for a student and call me "little girl".... laugh
Posted By: Jeff Clef

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/25/10 10:23 PM

"What's the key to staying young?"

A facelift. Go to the guy who did Susan Lucci, not the one who did Judge Judy.
Posted By: bluekeys

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/25/10 10:46 PM

So when Hannibal rocks out to Bach in his cell right before he cuts a guy's face off and breaks out of jail, maybe Anthony didn't have to act too hard -- I mean for the Bach, not the face thing.

Anyway, I couldn't agree more. I'm never going to be a great pianist, but practicing works wonders for staying mentally sharp and physically dexterous. For me its a bigger incentive for staying with it than the noise coming out of my piano.



Posted By: jazzwee

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/25/10 11:04 PM

'Key' to Staying Young

Hmmmmm.....Bb?
Posted By: TrapperJohn

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/25/10 11:29 PM

Cigars, booze and women (or men, or both - your preference).

JF
Posted By: ChatNoir

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/26/10 12:17 AM

If you eat well and drink well, you hardly ever die!
Posted By: Jeff Clef

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/26/10 01:36 AM

"If you eat well and drink well, you hardly ever die!"

Oh, Chat--- please. Haven't you see the t-shirt: "Eat Right, Stay Fit, Die Anyway."
Posted By: ChopinAddict

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/26/10 02:16 AM

Originally Posted by John Frank
Cigars, booze and women (or men, or both - your preference).

JF


In moderation or as much or many as you want? smile
Posted By: Egel

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/26/10 02:36 AM

Good food and lots of excercise doesn't make you live longer.

It just makes it feel that way.
Posted By: mr_super-hunky

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/26/10 03:09 AM

The key to "staying young" is to not wear out your joints. Muscle mass and tone is buildable/rebuildable but your joints and cartilage are not.

Your mind also functions similar to a muscle in that if not used and challenged, it can atrophy. Playing piano, (even many video games) are great for this type of mental stimulation.

The key to keeping weight off is to limit your starch intake. Not nessesarrily "carbs" but starch..(potatoes, noodles, breads).

Swimming and riding a bike are probably the overall best exersize you can do for the entire body that will improve muscle tone, circulation and aerobic activity levels on a low to non-impact basis. (easier on the joint wear).

With a few exceptions like a sweet potatoe, the darker the green the vegetable is (spinach, collard greens, swiss chard) the healthier. Eat fruit but not too much as it contains a TON of sugar.

Milk is best left for baby cows. WAY too much sugar/fat that outweigh the benefits. Get your calcium from better sources like low fat yogurt containing acidophilus/bifidus live cultures. Helps keep your stomach "flora" (good bacteria) in order.

Eat VERY slowly and chew your food until mushy consistency.

Always drink from a small diameter straw unless drinking water. When drinking water flavor it with lemon and drink as much as you can.

Eat sunflower seeds (in the shell) as a snack. The good fat will supress your satiety center as well as provide an excellent source of fiber without overeating.

Don't discount the power of chewing sugarless gum instead of high calorie snacks throughout the day.

I could go on and on but you get the idea. Simply apply common sense.


Posted By: cruiser

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/26/10 06:33 AM

Originally Posted by JimF
Anthony Hopkins......

Quote
"I paint, and I play the piano a lot - complex exercises in Bach and Chopin. It doesn't matter if I play them well or not. I practice and practice to keep supple the coordination in my arms, my hands, my fingers."


There's that..... and the occasional meal of "liver with some fava beans and a good chianti" whome

(sorry, his name invariably gives me Hannibal Lecter flashbacks)


This great WELSH actor - sorry, you touched a nerve! - is so much more than his "silence of the Lambs character! smile
Posted By: TrapperJohn

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/26/10 11:46 AM

Originally Posted by ChopinAddict
Originally Posted by John Frank
Cigars, booze and women (or men, or both - your preference).

JF


In moderation or as much or many as you want? smile


Yes - moderate doses of gluttony on all accounts.

JF
Posted By: BenPiano

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/26/10 01:12 PM

Originally Posted by Rickster

I too feel younger since I started learning to play the piano, (and lost 35 pounds grin); not that I can play a piano very well.


Wow, how did you manage that? I stopped exercising when I started playing piano because exercise was cutting into my practice time. whome

(Actually, a month of allergies followed by a cold is what initiated the stop in exercise, but getting back into it was impossible with my new hobby)

It's only been out of necessity and the subsequent weight gain of about 10 pounds that I started exercising again. And exercise DOES cut into my practice time, and that drives me nuts! grin
Posted By: Pete M.

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/26/10 01:20 PM

Originally Posted by Rickster
I too feel younger since I started learning to play the piano, (and lost 35 pounds grin); not that I can play a piano very well.


Dang, you should come up with a 'piano diet'. You could make millions. XD
Posted By: Pedies

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/26/10 02:06 PM

Much talk about moderation in this thread.

We should consider what Ben Franklin said about that: "Every thing in moderation, even moderation."
Posted By: Rickster

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/26/10 03:44 PM

Originally Posted by Ben
Originally Posted By: Rickster

I too feel younger since I started learning to play the piano, (and lost 35 pounds ); not that I can play a piano very well.


Wow, how did you manage that? I stopped exercising when I started playing piano because exercise was cutting into my practice time.

(Actually, a month of allergies followed by a cold is what initiated the stop in exercise, but getting back into it was impossible with my new hobby)

It's only been out of necessity and the subsequent weight gain of about 10 pounds that I started exercising again. And exercise DOES cut into my practice time, and that drives me nuts!


Actually, I've thought about trying to market my "weight loss plan"! grin People spend billions of dollars a year on weight loss products and services. But, I’ll give it away to my PW friends (just like I give away my meager music).

First of all, I’ve learned that the key to dieting, exercising and weight loss is consistency. Most who start a diet and exercise program just don’t stick with it long term.

Secondly, motivation is extremely important. Exercising is one of the most boring and difficult things to do. It is physically demanding and very easy to stop doing. In fact, it feels good to stop and rest.

Thirdly, I’ve learned that the fast weight loss plans can be unhealthy and even dangerous. It has taken me about 10 months to loose 35 pounds. That averages out to less than a pound a week.

Here is what I do…. I work four 10 hour days at my job as a technical college instructor. On the three day weekends, I exercise an hour a day. I do 6 routines that include 300 stair steps on a stair stepper, 35 sit-ups, and 30 bicep exercises with a 20 pound bar-bell for each arm. It takes a little over an hour to do those 6 routines; and I’m usually soaking wet with sweat afterwards. On my work days, I exercise for 30 minutes three out of the four days and rest on Thursdays, unless I’m feeling particularly energetic. I do 3 of those same 6 routines.

Now for the motivation…. My music, my family and my friends! And, I look better and feel better than I have looked and felt in a long time!! It is a real self-esteem booster when people comment on my weight loss and my physical appearance. That in itself is a motivation factor. Plus, my blood pressure, and cholesterol level has never been better. I hope I can keep it up.

Hope this helps!!

Take care,

Rick
Posted By: MaryBee

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/26/10 07:17 PM

I lost 15 pounds over the last year on the "piano diet". Playing piano every night, I forgot to snack. Oh, and there's that little thing of exercising too, that I had to do. But I can listen to lots of music while I'm on the treadmill. smile
Posted By: NancyM333

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/27/10 02:17 AM

Rickster, I finally came to those same realizations. I lost 23 lbs. last year with Weight Watchers, and it took me really deciding to do it and change my eating habits. Once I realized that I was going to eat that way the rest of my life--mostly healthy with an occasional splurge, rather than the other way around--it wasn't a diet anymore. Just a lifestyle. Exercise is harder for me to be consistent on, but I hope to make those changes this year.

And Mary Bee's diet tip is also right up there--get so busy and passionate about something else that your mind doesn't wander to food.

Tonight I watched Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, something that has been promoted a lot in magazines and newspapers. It made me really want to embrace some healthier foods, though I must say it's a lot easier to cook the processed stuff when you don't like to cook!

Nancy
Posted By: jazzyprof

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/27/10 02:25 AM

Originally Posted by jazzwee
'Key' to Staying Young

Hmmmmm.....Bb?

On the contrary,....B#!
Posted By: Mark...

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/27/10 02:30 AM

With my two health related jobs I have come to this conclusion:

There are no fat centurions... smile
Posted By: EJR

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/27/10 09:42 AM

<<Swimming and riding a bike are probably the overall best exersize you can do for the entire body that will improve muscle tone, circulation and aerobic activity levels on a low to non-impact basis. (easier on the joint wear).>>

Great advice Mr S-H!

I just started commuting on a bike to work this week. I managed 3 out of 5 days. Still suffering from "saddle soreness". Its about 1/2 hour each way. It's mostly Uphill there, down-hill coming back. Really need to get the brakes fixed. The only down side was I felt I'd earned a "full english" breakfast on those days. But had this about 4-5 hours after the ride.
Posted By: RonO

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/29/10 03:19 AM

Jog for an hour every day.

The upside is you will add 10 years to your life.

The downside is that you will have spent 10 years of your life jogging.

Ron
Posted By: Motorama

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/29/10 05:24 AM

I think the reason why playing the piano helps you to stay young is also because it becomes a staple in your life, allowing your to progress, to challenge yourself, to motivate you.

I think many people, gets old the very moment they start living an autopilot life without activities they enjoy. They don't challenge their intellect and body anymore as when they were children and there were something new to do or discover everyday.

Also when you focus daily on something challenging and creative, it's harder to let yourself go, because there's more awareness in your life. When you're depressed it's easy to lose touch with reality, missing a timeframe and forgetting even whether it's december or march or night or day. But when you have activities, outside of your job, that you enjoy doing daily, every day counts and 24 hours seems longer and it's very hard to get out of touch with reality. Indeed, depressed people are usually those who didn't have interests and hobbies to begin with. Many parents are excited and young as long as their children are small and need all their attention. But several people become depressed and older as soon as their children grow up and spend more time with friends or outside and parents suddenly feels like their time is devoid of meaning and relevant things to do. That's where for example where piano playing would help.

I also take the lesson from Okinawa on how to stay young:

1) awareness on everything you do
2) don't take yourself or life too seriously: have fun and use humor
3) enjoy your free time
4) play
5) think of problems as challenges not problems
6) eat healthy and eat to nourish yourself not chase away issues

I'd also add:

7) never allow yourself to lose flexibility
8) learn from younger people how to maintain a young attitude in life

I like this quote:

When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I wrote down "happy"
They told me I didn't understand the assignment
I told them they didn't understand life!




Posted By: AnotherSchmoe

Re: What's the key to staying young? - 03/29/10 07:44 PM

Great post Motorama. I'm actually still too young to be giving my own advice here but I've observed all that you posted as being completely true in the happier and more pleasant people I've met over the years, and I hope to keep to those same guidelines myself. Well said!
© 2019 Piano World Piano & Digital Piano Forums