The Longevity Lifestyle is not as much about adding years to your lifespan as it is adding high quality life to whatever years you have remaining. If we have excellent health, all other things are possible. Below is a quick guide containing some of the most often-asked questions – FAQS – about living a super healthy life.
The most effective way to think about your own improved wellness is: holistically.
Having a holistic mindset means that you explore health solutions within the full circle of wellness (not just within a couple of narrow topics).
Getting Healthier with Each Passing Year
In terms of physical workouts, you have a lot of choices. Depending on your age and physical condition, you may want to focus on lower impact workouts. Pilates is one fantastically effective, and fun, option.
In mid-life and beyond, if we stop exercising we might lose significant strength and bone density. A nutrient-rich diet, coupled with strength training, is an excellent way to get fit and stay fit.
Keeping yourself active is a key part of disease prevention, including reducing the symptoms of certain types of arthritis (as well as prevention for back problems).
You don’t have to be a professional triathlete, just go at your own pace and know your limitations, while at the same time challenging yourself a bit beyond what’s comfortable. No one, and I mean no one, knows your body better than you do.
Getting back in shape through an anti-inflammatory diet and exercise regimen will relieve stress and optimize bodily functions. It’s yet another important means of combating degeneration.
I encourage you to remember that inflammation is the primary cause of accelerated aging. Chronic inflammation occurs when we force our bodies to process daily things they’d rather not process. If you want to live healthier, start with the basics:
- a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet
- regular exercise
- stress reduction
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As you begin to craft new health goals for yourself, there are certain key questions that will likely come up. Click on the question to open its corresponding answer:
The answer, of course, is a resounding “no.”
The likelihood is that you can still get into much better shape than you are right now, no matter what your age.
Is it more difficult to get back in shape post-50? Often times, yes. But I’d argue that it’s actually a more important phase of your life to be fit. We can get away with poor habits a lot more in our teens and twenties (than we can after 50).
Getting back in shape doesn’t have to be torturous. Mix up your workouts, just like you’d mix up your smoothie recipes. Keep yourself from plateauing – and from getting bored!
I hate to say it, but the truth is a big part of healthy living after age 50 has to do with preparation and being organized. You need a time budget and a detailed plan – it’s just not going to happen on its own or if you “wing it.”
No one, and I mean no one, knows your body better than you do.
- start out by picking up your dark, leafy greens: spinach, kale, arugula, swiss chard, etc.
- wash the greens and dry them in a salad spinner
- put your greens in separate bags, then save those bags in the refrigerator for your week’s smoothies
- pour one bag of your leafy greens into a blender with a very powerful motor
- add your extra ingredients – such as fruit, seeds or nuts, plant protein powder, spices, coconut, rice or hemp milk (optional), and ice.
Ratios will change as your taste buds evolve. At first, you might want less dark leafy greens and more sweet fruits. Over time, the reverse is likely to be true.
This is not a diet. Don’t force the changes, let your cravings dictate the ingredients.
It’s good to mix up your recipes and experiment. This way, it doesn’t get stale. Plus, you’ll cover more of the nutrient-spectrum.
Bonus Tip: dark, leafy greens are extremely good for your health when lightly cooked or steamed. However, some people find these plants too potent when consumed raw every day. To ensure against potential toxicity, you can sometimes substitue parsley, celery, broccoli, and cucumber into your smoothies – in place of kale or spinach. Every body has its own unique chemistry, so listen carefully to your own body to determine which ingredients are best for you. Ask your medical doctor before making any significant changes to your diet or lifestyle.
Living life to the fullest means figuring out what fulfils you and creating a plan that is unique to your goals and desires – then putting that plan into action.
Above all, it means making your physical health your top priority.
When you have your physical health, you have a foundation upon which you can live a passionate, joyful life. All things are possible when you are healthy.
There are universal guidelines for living life to its fullest. The challenge is that, in our current culture, many of them are easier said than done. Among them:
- if your passion and your means of making a living can’t be one and the same, then make sure that you at least have a hobby that you absolutely love.
- release the past: instead of ruminating on old hurts, learn from past mistakes and move on.
- move into action now (avoid justifying an unfulfilling present with false hopes about the future).
- understand that anything that minimizes stress and offers peace-of-mind is invaluable.