Howard Snooks had it all.
He was married and healthy and retired from a career as a social worker.
Then in 2015, Howard’s wife of 34 years left him. Several family members died. And he had a hip replacement after a fall.
“Kablooey,” he says.
After that rough year, Howard found a newspaper article about the death of Baby Boomer fashion models. He figured he was in decent shape and made some calls.
Now 73, he’s been in TV and Internet commercials, walked the runway, and filmed a Land Rover ad that could go national soon.
At 5’10”, he’s down to 168 pounds and 12 percent body fat. He has no styling tips, having never tried Botox, moisturizer, or even an expensive haircut.
“I don’t look like a young man,” he says. “My mindset keeps me open to new experiences, to whatever new things come my way.”
Howard attributes his post-2015 happiness primarily to working out. He hit the weight room hard, he says. “I went for it. It kept me sane.”
He also liked the new look it gave his body and the attention he got from women. “I wanted people to be surprised when they discovered my age.”
But more importantly, his continuous interaction at twice-weekly workouts at a small gym.
“It’s a real companionable thing,” he says. “I feel like I belong to something.”
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