It used to be that people didn't think about longevity until they entered the Golden Years. Today, many young children are burdened by diseases that were once only seen in the elderly, young adults are sick and tired, and the 30 somethings are taking multiple medications. About 3 years ago, I had a bad lingering cold and against my better judgement I went to an MD. This doctor was almost mad at me because I wasn't on any medications. I just laughed. It turned out that my lungs were clear and my cold went away shortly after without the use of medication. With health insurance costs rising and medications failing we have to learn how to do our best to live a healthy lifestyle. So here are a few keys to living healthy well into the Golden Years.
1. Eat healthy! This is so very important in this day and age. Stores are filled with food-like products that people feed their families thinking it's of benefit to them. These contribute to a decline in your health. Chose a plant-based diet full of pesticide free vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, legumes.
2. Get Moving! Daily exercise is also key to living a healthy life. That doesn't mean you have to spend hours at the gym torturing yourself. Walk, ride a bike, dance, run, lift weights, play tennis, get a dvd or whatever it is you enjoy doing. A 30 minute brisk walk a day can change your life!
3. Get stress under control! Stress is a huge contributing factor in disease. Whatever stress you can eliminate, do it. Exercising and eating healthy will help you cope with stress. If you feel you need more tools, hire a Coach for a few sessions. Tip: You can't control what others do, so stop worrying about them. Surrender them and or the situation to God. Ask Him what, if anything, you can do besides pray and tell Him you're not going to think about or worry about it again. If there's something you can do, He will tell you. Until then, LET IT GO! Your health depends on it!
4. Love yourself! We take on so many roles in life that often times who we are falls by the wayside because we feel it selfish or we've run out of hours in the day. I'm reminded of the Flight Attendant who clearly instructs us to put on our own oxygen mask first before helping anyone, even our own children. If you're dead, you can't help anyone. Not even your own child. It's healthy to love yourself and take time each day to care for You!
You're Worth It!