Chapter 2 continued – What kind of old do you want to be?

I was discussing the issue of living younger longer with a colleague who is into health coaching.  She explained, that she often comes across people in their 50’s and 60’s who have decided that, they would rather live life their way than make healthful changes, and if that meant they would die 10 years earlier than their health aware counterparts then so be it.

I have also heard similar comments from people over the years, and on the surface it seems perfectly OK; however there is a basic flaw in this argument to ignore healthful change. The people who would rather stay as they are, and simply die earlier than their healthful thinking friends are making their decision on the assumption that they will remain as fit and healthy as they are today until they day they die.  This maybe true for some of them, however there is a distinct possibility and probability that their health and quality of life will deteriorate and continue to do so until they die.

If we could stay as we are today until it was time to clock out we would all be happy to live life unfettered however that isn’t the case.

It sounds trite to say this but it is true – think of your physical body as a car – if you were to use the car you were given on the day you were born every day since that time, and you did nothing but basic maintenance like washing and filling up with gas, what would it be like today?  You know it would be an old clunker and lack the performance you need for today.  Compare this to someone who seriously looked after their car, servicing it, keeping it out of the weather, immediately repairing little issues before they become larger ones.

You don’t have to be reckless, driving it hard and treating it with disregard for it to transform from that shiny new speedster to an old out of date bomb (Aussie for old wreck of a car). Time simply erodes the car a little every day, however like a car, you can decide to refurbish and restore it back to its former glory.  It won’t look like it did when it left the showroom but it will certainly last a lot longer and perform in keeping with your requirements of the day.  Seriously, I have even seen and met restored cars and re-energized people that have actually improved from the original model.

What I am saying is that you need to take a serious look at your body, your life, your future, your lifestyle and make a conscious decision as to how you want to age, and then do something about it.

I just attended a series of lectures on healthy aging at the Cleveland Clinic, Lou Ruvo Brain Center here is Las Vegas. The most alarming fact I picked up, is that the medical research faculty have predicted that 33% of people who reach the age of 80 will have Alzheimers, and by the time you get to 85, your chance of having Alzheimer’s goes up to 60%.

6 out of 10 people will have some form of Alzheimer’s

The good news is that YOU can do something about it before it is too late.  There are many factors that influence your chance of NOT succumbing to this illness however the number one is EXERCISE.  The professor explained that they have determined constant regular exercise is best, e.g. 30 mins walking at a moderate pace every day.  Walking 60 minutes every other day is not going to do it. The trick is REGULAR and CONSISTENCY.   

Some of the key factors that increase your chance of Alzheimer’s are:

  • age
  • diabetes
  • head trauma
  • high cholesterol
  • hypertension
  • gender (females are more inclined than males)

Start thinking younger today and give yourself the time to work on increasing your chances of being one of the four out of ten living a great life without Alzheimer’s.

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