I first saw the now infamous "Geraldo Selfie" on a comedy themed facebook page. There was no caption, just the pic, so my first reaction was, "Cool. A guy in his fifties showing that he can still be healthy and ripped." As a personal trainer, I look at a lot of progress pics, and I recommend them as a great motivator to track your fitness. Then I looked a little closer and noticed it was Geraldo Rivera, so I figured it was just a photoshop joke. Next day, I read that Geraldo actually had tweeted the self-shot photo in the middle of the night, and said "70 is the new 50." (Ironic, that my first impression was that I was looking at fit fifty year old.) He soon took the photo down and in embarrassment tweeted, "note to self, no tweeting after 1am."
On his radio show, days later, he admitting that there was alcohol involved.
“And you just sit around, I had a drink and, you know, I had taken that picture Saturday morning and I was looking at it, just going through and I said 'you know, I gotta tweet this thing. I look pretty good for a 70-year-old.'
“And I think because I'm so old people will cut me some slack, they won't take it too seriously. And I just pushed the trigger."
A lot of people are making fun of Geraldo now, but if I could say something to him, it'd be this:
Stop apologizing!! Who cares what people think about you. To be healthy and strong in a 70 year old body is an amazing, awesome, and admirable thing. It's something most of the men in my family never experienced. The grandfathers I loved as a kid aged so poorly that they didn't live to see their 80's, and their 70's were a downward spiral. If I were Geraldo, I'd be posting "selfies" every goddamn day! People could make fun of me 24/7, and I'd be like "Hey, guess what? I've got great abs, screw you."
On a different note, as a fitness professional, I'm really curious as to what his nutrition, supplement, and exercise regimen looks like. I'd also like to know if he's receiving Testosterone Replacement Therapy. If so, he could really be an advocate for that procedure. There's a real bias going on these days, in that it's perfectly ok for a postmenopausal woman to receive hormone replacement therapy, but if a man does it, it's the same as doing illegal steroids. As men age, our testosterone levels lessen, but it becomes even more important that we train hard, think strong thoughts, and eat healthy. To quote Dr. Jeffery Life M.D. PH.D., "Sarcopenia- loss of muscle mass with aging, (is) the number one cause of nursing home admissions."
So I give Geraldo Rivera two thumbs up, a double fist bump, and say, "Stop apologizing for being in fantastic shape!!!"