If you lived to 100 would you be ready? Follow the steps in this blog post to help get you there.
Most boomers and seniors expect to live a long life. After all, this is the age of medical technology, and life expectancy has never been longer. The centenarians are the fastest-growing age demographic in the U.S. (and maybe the world).
Chances are pretty good that you will end up joining those ranks! It is an exciting time.
I often ask the attendees at my seminars and lectures which they would prefer:
1) to live to 85 with a guarantee that they will be mostly healthy and able-bodied or
2) to live to 100 but with no guarantee on what kind of quality of life they will have.
Almost without exception everyone chooses option 1.
It seems that people don’t want longevity if it means the possibility of poor health, nursing homes, medications, and being dependent on others. People want quality of life over quantity of life.
But there is a third option. What if you could live to 100 (or more) in good health and physically capable of doing all of the stuff that you currently enjoy doing? Would you choose both quantity and quality?
Well here is the thing, as I said, you might live to 100 whether you want to or not. The science and medicine have come so far… Although you can’t do anything about your genetics or past health choices or the development of certain diseases you still have a lot of control over your destiny.
The following are steps we can all take to have our best chances of living both a healthy and high quality life.
1. STOP self sabotaging. That means giving up vices, especially smoking.
2. START doing Functional Fitness.
A functional fitness routine is the way to go. It improves upper-body strength, lower-body strength, core endurance, muscle power, balance, agility, coordination and so much more. You will be able to keep doing all of the things you love to do and you will feel better doing them.
3. HIIT: For aerobic exercise nothing beats high-intensity interval training (HIIT). HIIT uses intervals of high-intensity exercise interspersed with intervals of lower-intensity exercise. Basically you will get outof breath and sweaty during the hard intervals and will mostly recover during the easier intervals. This is far superior for improving fitness than the traditional steady-state aerobic exercise.
4. Nutrition: Eat more lean protein, healthy fats, complex carbs and fiber. Eat less or no saturated fats, sodium and sugar. Pack your diet with a wide variety of fresh (preferably organic and from your own garden) vegetables and fruit. Eat whole grains (brown rice, couscous, oatmeal) as a staple. Consume fish, chicken breast and pork loin (lean protein sources) at every meal.
5. Relate: Keep those relationships healthy and strong. Find good folks with whom to spend time and when possible surround yourself with health minded friends.
There is no guarantee of longevity just as there is no guarantee of a high quality of life but we can always be working toward better and improving our current situation.
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