Funnyman Chris Rock Is Serious About Parenting
Chris Rock on Boys vs. Girls continued...
My brother has all boys and they just break s--t all the time. They run, and things get broken. With girls, feelings get broken. Constantly. I'm not worried about bones! I'm constantly repairing feelings. There's no cast for feelings -- love is the Band-Aid. I constantly have to apply love to broken feelings and hope they mend."
So Rock's new movie, Grown Ups 2, isn't much of a stretch from reality, with its theme of Generation-X adults reliving their own youths through the escapades of their New Millennium offspring. "We had a lot of fun," he says, as he recounts reuniting with old pals Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, and Salma Hayek to film the sequel.
Of course, looking back and laughing at those tender years is easier when your job is to make jokes. Fortunately for Chris Rock, it's he who gets to laugh last.
Why Men Need to Work on Their Abs
Chris Rock is a lean, mean comedy machine -- and he's often mistaken for a man much younger than his 48 years, due to his enviable physique. But is his workout a gut-bustingly good one?
"It's all cardio!" he insists. "Cardio is everything. No doctor ever said: 'Oh, I can't believe he's dead! He's got those great abs!'"
Eating right, exercising, and aging with strength are no joke, says Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, WebMD's fitness expert. While she agrees Rock is smart to mix aerobic exercise into his regimen, Peeke advises the Grown Ups 2 star to rethink his aversion to ab work.
Core strength is key to good health. "As men hit age 40 they begin to lose the hormone testosterone, which can lead to an increase in waist circumference and belly fat," Peeke says. "Men don't need a perfect six-pack to be healthy. But they should aim for a belly circumference of well under 40 inches -- the 34- to 35-inch range is ideal." Anything greater puts men at risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and certain cancers, including breast cancer and colon cancer.
Strong abdominals prevent back pain. "The stronger the abs, the stronger the back," says Peeke, who suggests Pilates mat-work at home, basic crunches using a medicine ball, and even dropping to the floor and doing push-ups.
"Strong abs are at the center of all sports. Not only will you help to prevent injuring yourself or throwing out your back, you'll avoid curvature of the spine as you age," Peeke says.
Don't use it? You'll lose it. "If Chris starts working on his core now, he'll stay strong through his 50s, 60s, and 70s," Peeke says. "The way to avoid becoming frail as we age is to build a base of strength now and maintain our muscle mass. That's how to stay self-sufficient."