It’s bound to happen. Many people will wait to make their New Years’ resolutions before heading back to the gym, but Tim Mcgraw is encouraging folks to keep up with their health and fitness goals year-round.
On Sunday (Oct. 27), the 52–year-old country singer shared a photo on Instagram that shows him in “the best shape of his life.” Although he dons a shirt in the picture, it’s clear to see that McGraw is completely ripped from head to toe, as he confidently displays an impressive pair of chiseled arms.
Even though McGraw is in tip-top shape, it took a long time for him to get to where he is today. He credits one important value as the leading force behind the improvements he made to both his body and his overall health: be ready.
“My whole life, I’ve lived according to one key value. I guess I’ve done so from an early age when I wanted so fiercely to get beyond my circumstances,” McGraw began. “That value is, be ready. Be primed for opportunity when it shows up because it will come once, it will move on quick[ly], and if you’re not ready to make the shot, your whole destiny can change in a heartbeat.”
McGraw, who is no stranger to keeping up with a strict diet and incorporating grueling workouts into his weekly routine, began his personal journey to health in 2008, after realizing he needed to cut back on alcohol.
“I’ve gone through a physical transformation in the last 10 years, but it’s not just my appearance that has changed,” McGraw told PEOPLE earlier this year. “My mind is clearer, my sense of purpose is sharper, and my relationships are deeper. Consistent physical exercise helps me bring focus to my life and to the people who mean the most to me.”
On Monday (Oct. 28), the father-of-three followed up his Instagram post with another photo, and also noted of his earlier days when he struggled to be his best self.
“Athleticism and sport have been intertwined into my whole way of being [from] an early age. It’s literally in my DNA. Even so, I lost contact with that part of myself and—foolishly—let the fire dwindle to the point where it almost went out,” he wrote.
“Life served me a good lesson in humility, and that led me to start over from close to scratch. I leaped out of a slump at age forty, hit full stride at forty-five, and now at fifty-two it’s coming together quite nicely,” he added, closing out his message with the hashtag, #GritandGrace.
McGraw is currently readying the release of his upcoming book, Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life, which details his transformation and offers tips to those looking to better their health. Grit & Grace is set for release Nov. 5.