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Take Care Of Your Health

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.

Yesterday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom – Don’t Hold Grudges

The first lesson the wise would teach us is Don’t Hold Grudges

The second lesson I was taught and it was repeated several times by my wise mentors was “take care of your health.”

Take Care Of Your Health

Weigh gain doesn’t happen overnight.
Weigh gain doesn’t happen overnight.
Fitness doesn’t happen overnight.
It’s a long process, it’s a learning process.

One of my wise mentors gave me a copy of Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge.

With research they found, “Two amazing numbers, right up front: 70 percent of aging, for women as for men, is voluntary … you do not have to do it.  And you can also skip 50 percent of all the sickness and serious accidents you’d expect to have from the time you turn fifty to the day you die.  Skip ‘em. Altogether.”

The research led the authors to explain that men and women 40-50 or older can:
– Become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years.
– Enjoy life and be stronger, healthier, and more alert.
– Delay 70% of the decay associated with aging (weakness, sore joints, apathy).
– Eliminate over 50% of all illness and potential injuries.
– Continue to live like fifty-year-olds until well into their eighties.

The authors explain that, “The real challenge today is outliving the quality of life, not running out of quantity. If you are in reasonable health in your sixties, you have a good chance of living well into your eighties.”

“Nature’s rule is simple: Do something real every day. Like really exercise. Ignore all that talk out there about exercising three or four days a week. Ignore it! Like the cholesterol guidelines, it’s a bare minimum, a desperate plea from the medical profession to a nation of couch potatoes.”

“Remember, your body craves the daily chemistry of exercise. Whether the exercise is long and slow, slow and steady (an hour or two of good, hard walking) or short and more intense (running, swimming or using the exercise machine at the gym) is a lot less important that the “dailyness” of it, six days a week…it’s the habit and routine of exercise that lead to success.”

Five Principles To Live By

Based on his research and some anecdotal evidence Lodge promotes these principles:
1. Exercise six days a week, seven if you can, for the rest of your life.
2. Do serious strength training, with weights, two days a week for the rest of your life.
3. Eat what you know you should and quit eating crap.
4. Connect to other people
5. Commit to feeling passionate about something.

Bottom Line

“If you put any value at all on your quality of life, the time you spend exercising becomes a bargain. The reality is that your life is so full in these years that you can’t afford not to exercise. The only real issue is that it’s tough to keep up the motivation to exercise when life is crowded with obligations & stress. So rely on structure more than motivation.”

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