Sunday, July 3, 2016

Living to 100 and beyond

You've seen them:  senior citizens who are trim (even athletic) and quite healthy, well into their 80's and 90's.  How do they do it when so many are 'finished' long before that - some in their 60's, or even 50's?

What are they doing that's different?  Well, one common thread among those living with vim and vigor right into their 10th decade is consistency

Each day, we need to choose to treat our minds, hearts, and bodies with love and respect so that we facilitate the healing and natural rejuvenation response on a continual basis! 

Here are 3 simple, yet effective, over-arching habits of the healthiest centurions of our time:

1)  They MOVE their bodies.  They walk more than they drive, move more than they sit, and exercise regularly - not even intensely, just regularly.  I encourage you to take a baby step toward more movement today.  Do some yoga when you first rise; park farther away; take a little walk at lunch; do some more yoga before bed!

2)  They EAT whole, local foods. Their diets are rich in local produce and healthy fats that provide vitamins, minerals, and the water needed to support body functions and aid healing.  Food provides the raw materials with which your body creates or stimulates the formation of your cells, bones, fluids, enzymes, hormones, muscles, and organs.  Also remember that out bodies are mostly water and dehydration is a primary cause of aging (including the skin).  Water-rich foods are crucial to longevity.  So, you see, you really are what you eat!

3)  They CONNECT with LIFE to reduce stress.  They enjoy people, family and life.  They find balance in work, rest, and play.  Their minds, hearts, and bodies thank them for it with years of health and happiness.  In Sardinia and Okinawa, where people live the longest, hard work is important, but not more so than spending time with family, nurturing spirituality, and doing for others.

For a long, happier and healthier life, please consider these three items throughout your days...

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