Live Young. Age Strong. Our motto. Words to live by.
It means to live with energy and vitality. To be present and active while shaping how we age.
It is common to plan financially for retirement and start saving in a 401k or IRA when we enter the workforce or start our careers. But what about planning how we want to age? Shouldn’t we apply the same philosophy? Consider this, our bone mass peaks at age 30 and our brain and body start to slow at age 40. If your goal is to have an active, great quality of life for as long as possible, free of disease and minimal medication then the sooner you live a healthy lifestyle with intent, the better.
So what should you be doing on a regular basis to live young and age strong? The answer is simple, but it’s all about the execution, which does take thought and commitment. There are five pillars that affect our wellbeing, make these a part of your daily life and you will see benefits now and set yourself up for healthy aging.
Exercise is important the mind, body and soul. Cardio and weight/resistance training improve brain function, heart health, bone density, muscle mass, mood and energy. Try to exercise everyday, even a 20 minute fast walk is beneficial and get those weights in!
Our philosophy is generally one of balance and alkalinity. Balance quality meat, poultry, fish, and eggs with hearty servings of vegetables and fruit. Minimize wheat and dairy and eliminate refined sugar and soft drinks from your daily diet (save for special occasions). As much as possible, replace packaged/processed food with whole, fresh food. Add minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients and omega 3’s to offset 1) nutrient deficiencies in our soil/water and 2) our natural aging process. Remember, we are what we eat.
Quality sleep is vital to our overall health and longevity. Getting 7-8 hours of good quality sleep benefits our immunity, weight, blood pressure and cardiovascular health, brain function, mood, energy, sex life and more. Turn off the TV and get some sleep!
Stress, anxiety, depression affect our body, thoughts and behavior and left unchecked, can lead to serious health complications such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Life is full of stress—work, relationships, finances, family, politics/news. Whether you feel symptoms or not, incorporate meditation, deep breathing, exercise, hobbies, news-fasts, and socializing with friends to help regulate your mood.
While it is very difficult to control our exposure to outside pollutants, we can reduce toxins in our homes by choosing eco-friendly products and buying organic food as much as possible. We can also help detox our bodies every now and then with spirulina and chlorella supplements, eating extra sweet potatoes, kale, and spinach, and soaking in a clay/mineral bath.
We’ll dive into more detail in upcoming posts but in the meantime think about these pillars and your life. What changes can you make to enhance your wellbeing and age strong?