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Remember when rock stars used to be bad examples? Especially in matters of health? Hard to remember that far back, now, perhaps, but there was a time when, if we were to think of a 50-ish rocker, we’d gently hum that Pink Floyd song about being “shorter of breath and one day closer to death.”

But Anthony Kiedis, who turns 50 this week, represents the new paradigm of the anti-geezer, middle-age-defying rock god. He’s buffer than buff, held up as the model of healthy living by Men’s Fitness magazine, and very likely to outlive the cockroaches that will outlive the apocalypse.

Asked about approaching the big five-oh, Kiedis recently told England’s Q magazine: “I like the idea of defying the convention of what it is to be in your 40s, or 50s, or 60s. Discovering surfing at this stage of my life is definitely going to keep me active till the day I die. So, yeah, I accept the challenge… In the same way that [the late American exercise and nutritional guru] Jack LaLanne did—doing things in his 70′s that no man on earth could do: pulling tugboats across the San Francisco Bay with his teeth.”



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