I wanted to share this fine rundown of finding the gold in the golden years. As a dog lover I am a follower of Paul Handover’s Learning from Dogs blog. Clearly, this post covers ground most germaine to Diet, Exercise and Living Past 100.
Learning from Dogs
Living well as we age.
TIME magazine published a double-issue in February of this year How To Live Longer Better!
The article, on Page 47, opens:
Old age demands to be taken very seriously – and it usually gets its way!
Then later on in that same article one reads:
Exactly how much – or how little – exercise it takes to begin paying dividends has been one of the happy surprises of longevity research. A 2016 study found that elderly people who exercised for just 15 minutes a day, at an intensity level of a brisk walk, had a 22% lower risk of early death compared to people who did not exercise.
Then two sentences later:
Researchers from McMaster University in Canada even found that breaking a sweat for just 60 seconds may be long enough to improve health and fitness (as long as it’s a tough workout).
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There is so much in life I can’t control. But this is my life and I’ve decided to be happy. I can choose to be happy regardless of my other circumstances. It’s not “when I get a promotion, I’ll be happy…..” or “when I can speak in front of a small group of people, I’ll be happy…..” The focus should be on learning to be happy now. Tap into your inner peace and contentment in the way that works best for you.
To read further on being happy, check out: Harvard Study on a Happy Life, 12 Things Happy People Do Differently, Positive, Happy People Suffer Less Pain, Why Should I Be Happy? Happy People Live Longer – Time Magazine.
Our Better Health
by Thomas A. Richards, Ph.D., Psychologist
We spend hours and hours dwelling and ruminating on the negative and fearful things in our lives. We worry about what could go wrong, instead of focusing and paying attention to the rational, the positive and the good. We should train ourselves to focus on thoughts that will move us forward in the right direction. Read one of these statements to yourself every day — and dwell on it. It’s about time we started paying attention to what is rational and right.
If you pay attention to the darkness, you will never find the light.
If you study and relive your past experiences, analyzing them, and “getting in touch with your feelings”, you will only reinforce those feelings. If you want to get away from a problem, you should not focus on it. Focus on what is rational, the positive, the beautiful, and the…
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A recent issue of Time Magazine takes on the topic of Gym vs. Genes with fascinating results.
Published in the Health & Science Briefing section, the item states, “Our DNA play a major role in how we look, how we act and how long we live, but it doesn’t dictate our destiny.
“A study finds that people who inherited copies of FTO, the first gene to be linked to obesity, were able to counteract their predisposition to fatness by exercising.
“People with FTO were 30 percent less likely to pack on pounds if they were physically active than if they weren’t. Gym 1. Genes 0.”
I have to confess to a certain amount of satisfaction upon learning that. As our regular readers know exercise is the sine qua non here on the blog.
You can check out some previous posts by clicking on the exercise tab at the right or searching exercise.
Two of my personal favorites include Exercise, Aging and the Brain and Debunking Myths About Aging.
Last, but not least, controlling your weight is about taking responsibility for it and not hiding behind the ‘bad genes’ excuse.
Eat less; move more; live longer