Most of us will be privileged to live on this earth for around 80 years or so, give or take a Zombie apocalypse or our politicians hitting the big red button in a temper-tantrum. The key word here is ‘live’. By live I mean to thrive, be strong, fit, healthy and absent of illness and disease. This is in contrast to just surviving which sadly we can observe in greater numbers in this, the 21st century.
While the great diseases of the 18th, 19th and early 20th century are all but non existent, we have growing number of people suffering heart conditions, diabetes, obesity and the cancers to name but a few.
This is not living – this is just surviving.
We have a choice to lead a healthy life and these days we even have an abundance of resources and teachers who can guide us in the direction of a healthier life. It’s not actually that difficult once you decide to take ownership of your own existence; what you eat, what time you go to bed at and following a routine of exercise.
Living a monastic life void of all treats is not necessary but living a life of good, better and better(er) choices is achievable by everyone.
The simple choices can lead to many health benefits that in the long run, will add up to a better quality of life.
- Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.
- Eat mainly unprocessed foods comprising of proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrate foods that occur naturally.
- Walk every day for around 30 minutes. Not brisk. Just walk.
- Practice strength training 2 to 3 times a week.
- Daily, perform some form of stretching with a movement system you can enjoy. Just a few minutes a day can have wonderful affects.
You can choose to to just hang around until our nations health system has to take care us until death, or you take care of all the little things that add up to health longevity, living and thriving until our final day.
As my good friend Coach Steve Furys tag line goes – ‘Die Mighty’.
Steve Maxwell is another longtime coach with some wise words to share about longevity.
Got any thoughts?