We are here; 2020. If you think back just forty or fifty years there was so many things which could kill us instantly. Heart attack survival rates were low, cognitive rehabilitation had just begun & many of the vaccines and treatments that we take for granted today were just figments of our imagination or had just begun to be researched.
When I think about our average life expectancy and the possibility that those reading this blog could very well be the first people to reach the centurion mark in their families; I get excited. The key for living a long life would not just be living a long life but living a healthy & productive long-life.
For many the assumption is as follows; work until sixty-five or seventy, enjoy a decade or two of declining health and then move into an assisted living facility to live out the rest of their days. This can be an assumption and a reality only if you make it to eighty or eighty-five years of age. Sadly many “controllable” forms of disease can leave us only wishing for these milestones. Cancer, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and obesity combined with Alzheimer’s and many other diseases just to name a few are out there volleying to take us out.
That leads me to my point. How do we optimize modern medicine which does a pretty good job of keeping us alive, but fails to address the need to be moving forward in all improvement aspects designed to help us THRIVE rather than just SURVIVE.
When you look at the statistics many people sit behind a desk all day and only around 10% of people reach the minimum requirements for moderate physical fitness. Combine that with unhealthy dietary habits, sleep habits, and a consistent stress load from work and home life leaves the cortisol and inflammatory responses in the body causing havoc on the organs, blood vessels & the brain.
What do I need to do?
Some basic recommendations for you to improve your chances of living a long and healthy life are as follows.
- Get yearly blood work done every year or two after the age of 50. Get it done at least once every five years before that.
- If you are a woman go to your yearly gynecologist appointment and follow your doctors recommendations.
- Walk for at least 7500-10k steps per day.
- Weight train 2-3 times per week
- Keep your stress to a minimum
- Aim for 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night.
- Eat 5-7 servings of primarily organic fruits and vegetables daily.
- Consume plenty of protein coming from grass-fed and anti-biotic free animals or plant products.
- Drink .75-1.25 gallons of clean drinking water per day.
- Practice some self love; meditation, yoga, massage, foam rolling, stretching, reiki, floatation & things of that nature.
These are just a few of the items that can help you. We live in a time period where you can survive much longer if you take a few small steps to improve daily, combined with regular visits to a doctor you know, like & trust. I hope some of this will allow you to go down the path of reaching one hundred in good health. I truly believe the first person who will live to 150 is on the planet right now. Call me crazy, but I believe it. Protect your health and educate your brain, while fighting like hell to maintain your independence for as long as possible.
Committed to your health and wellness always!
**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor**
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