We met up with Sam Grossman while skiing powder on a bluebird morning in Sun Valley, Idaho. The bright-eyed 83-year-old hotelier and property development entrepreneur is a local legend in Sun Valley – mostly because everybody wants to ski as nimbly as he does when they're 83, too. A published author who has studied nutrition and longevity since before they were medical buzzwords (his book, 'Win the Food Fight,' was a best-seller), Grossman says he practices what he preaches. The results are hard to argue with.
Despite his advancing chronological years, Sam Grossman has spent the past 60 years seemingly ignorant of the concept of aging, keeping himself busy windsurfing, skiing, kayaking, biking, hiking, and generally having the time of his life, every day. He was surfing Malibu in the early 1950s before it was crowded and was one of the first to windsurf on Maui. He started kayaking whitewater when the boats were fiberglass and the paddles were made out of wood. Grossman has been skiing backwoods powder since Eisenhower was president – and was among the first to use a helicopter to get there. In short, Grossman is doing it right, so we sat down with him at his beautiful home in Sun Valley to learn his secrets to living well and how to stay young far into old age.
"Look at the people you consider old, and I bet over 80 percent of them are bent over," Sam says. In fact, the average guy will lose nearly 2 inches of height by the time he hits 60, and another inch by the age of 70. Sam's theory is that when your body is hunched, your organs are compressed, and so are your blood vessels. "When your blood vessels are compressed, you're just asking for trouble," he says. "The time to start standing up straight is when you're 30, not 60."
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