Younger Next Year Series Day #1- You have to AGE but you don’t have to ROT!
How’s this for eye opening – 70% of aging, for men and women is voluntary, you DO NOT have to do it! And, you could skip the 50% of disease and accidents you may expect to happen from the time you’re 50 till the day you die. I would say that is good news especially for someone like myself, looking into the mirror and seeing a 55 year old smiling back 😉
According to the authors of the awesome book “Younger Next Year”, we have a choice, we are in control of how we are going to approach “the next third” of our life. We can actually eliminate illness, disease and premature death if we make some fundamental changes. The “normal” decay we may think of as someone ages consists of joint soreness, lousy balance, weakness, losing muscle, poor posture and just feeling crappy but what if you could avoid all that? Maybe you have seen older people, those in their 80’s, 90’s and 100, exercising, jogging, skiing and lifting weights. Why not you?
Dr Henry Lodge, a co-author, was inspired to write this book when he noticed far too many patients in their 50s and 60s were having strokes, developing diabetes, falling down and suffering fractures. He would routinely see people gaining five pounds a year and being sedentary, then really awful things happening — strokes, heart attacks, cancer and being withdrawn. It became clear to him that this was lifestyle choice. Very little of it was related to luck or genetics.
Dr Harry’s Rules
- Exercise six days a week for the rest of your life.
- Do serious aerobic exercise four days a week for the rest of your life.
- Do serious strength training, with weights, two days a week for the rest of your life.
- Spend less than you make.
- Quit eating garbage!
- Connect and Commit.
If you don’t have this book yet, which I of course I recommend to order and dive in asap, you can check out this site. Some articles from one of the authors is shared.
One thing I have learned through all my experiences as a nurse, is that you can never take your life and your health for granted. If you are ready or even curious as to how you can begin, to improve to be the best you can be, I’m happy to make suggestions and be your partner along the journey. The choice is always ours 😉