How to Stay Healthier and Live Longer

Life is not merely being alive, but being well.

If you adopt a healthy lifestyle, not only will you feel better, you will also add ten or more years to your life.  But, what is a healthy lifestyle?  Turns out that not smoking, (nor abusing prescription or street drugs), drinking booze only in pretty strict moderation, and keeping to a healthy weight are the three pillars of a healthy lifestyle.

Smoking and drinking may look cool, for a short while, but after a short while those pastimes will turn an attractive women into a cackling, wrinkled, old hag.

The reason fat men are good-natured is that they can neither fight nor run.  ~  Theodore Roosevelt.

Personally, I would add another three things we should all do if we want to be fit and healthy well into our senior years; get plenty of good quality sleep, get plenty of appropriate exercise, and eat a good, healthy diet.  Therefore, if you don’t want to suffer a horrible and early death, from this moment on you should;

  1. Stop smoking.  Stop smoking weed too.  Smoking is dirty, disgusting, anti-social, and it will kill you in a selection of particularly nasty ways.
  2. Drink only in moderation.  If you regularly take more than a couple of drinks in an evening, if you empty a bottle of wine in a couple of days, if you have a cupboard full of half-empty bottles of spirits ~ then you have a drink problem, and eventually it will make you very ill.
  3. Don’t be fat, don’t be obese.  It is very easy to stuff yourself with burgers, take-outs, canned food, and other unhealthy crap calories.  Type 2 diabetes will make you very ill, and then it will kill you.  There are three foods / ingredients you should never, ever, knowingly have in your diet;  sugar-free / diet soda, high fructose corn syrup, wheat, wheat flour, wheat products.
  4. Get plenty of good quality sleep.  Lack of sleep doesn’t just make you feel tired and grumpy.  Lack of enough proper sleep causes accidents, makes you stupid, kills your sex drive, and puts you at greater risk of; heart disease, heart failure and heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes, and type 2 diabetes.
  5. Take enough appropriate exercise.  Just a daily walk can add 7 years to your life.  You don’t need to join an gym and lift heavy weights.  Both yoga and tai chi have a myriad of health benefits, improving your balance, control, fitness, flexibility, reducing the risks of falls, sprains, and other injuries, easing pain, and reducing the symptoms of depression.
  6. Have a good quality and healthy diet.  And, there are lots of cool diets to choose from; Atkins, Paleo, Mediterranean, Pritikin…  The key is don’t eat junk, have plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, eat slowly and chew your food properly, and don’t stuff yourself at every opportunity.

Americans and the British are much less likely to live long and healthy lives than do the inhabitants of most industrialised western countries, and it has nothing at all to do with the standards of medical care in the USA and the UK.  In fact, the Japanese have the highest average healthy life expectancy in the world ~ and it doesn’t have anything to do with either sushi or rice.

Japanese people give attention to health in all aspects of their daily life.  Professor Kenji Shibuya.

Some things you can do today to work towards that fitter, healthier, happier life in your senior years are;

  • Change your attitude ~ tell yourself, convince yourself, that you will be fitter, healthier, stronger, more capable, filled with self-confidence, and more self-aware.
  • Get your blood pressure checked.
  • Eat a better diet ~ stop eating junk.
  • Stop knocking back the booze in the evenings.  Especially DO NOT drink just before you go to bed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Start exercising.  There are both mental and physical benefits to regular exercise ~ at least 30 minutes a day for at least 5 days a week.  Walk, (at least) 10,000 steps every day.
  • Walk don’t drive.  Learn to drive in a slower, calmer, more relaxed manner.
  • Don’t get stressed.  Practice meditation and mindfulness ~ just relax.
  • Don’t hang out with people who eat junk, smoke, drink, and slob about just watching sports TV all day.  Stay out of pubs, bars, and down-market restaurants. If you can’t do those things you need to get to an AA meeting.
  • And for goodness sake, stay out of hospital.  Hospitals are incredibly unhealthy places to be for very long.

These are all simple lifestyle changes, and each one is pretty easy on it’s own.  Taken together these lifestyle changes will make a massive difference to your health, fitness, and happiness.  As a side effect you will stop throwing huge hunks of change down the drain.

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.  ~  Paul Dudley White.

Being angry, hateful, jealous, negative, stressed…, will all damage your physical, mental, and emotional health.   In fact, just believing you are healthy cuts your risk of an early death by three-quarters.

Mens sana in corpore sano ~ a healthy mind in a healthy body.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

 

 

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6 responses

  1. Well … in the first paragraph, I thought I was doing well … 2 out of 3 isn’t bad. I drink very little and rarely, and I am at an ideal or slightly below weight. So … smoking 3 packs a day is offset by the other two. I’m good. But THEN … you throw in all the other stuff! The upside … I’m not a junk food addict, though I do like an occasional few potato chips. I don’t and never have done drugs. I DO exercise by walking about 4 miles a day (mostly) But the sleep thing … epic fail. And the stress thing … well, remember where I live and what I write about. But …

    At the end, I look at the chart and to the question: Are you happy? I must reply with an emphatic “Yes” … yes, I am, despite my rants and grumblings about certain situations, very happy with my life. I am happy with who I am, happy with my living situation, happy to have some friends who keep me going on tough days (yourself in the top ten of the list). I stay busy 18-20 hours a day and love almost everything I do (not that crazy about bathtub cleaning, but … somebody has to!) If I die tomorrow, I will feel that I did a lot with my life, lived well and cared for others. If I live another 20 years, well, that’s cool too. 🙂

    Hugs ‘n kisses, my dear friend! ❤

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    1. Nobody is perfect ~ I get stressed, depressed, and angry some of the time, and I can feel dissatisfied a lot of the time. But recently I feel empowered all of the time.
      We are both happy with our lives ~ which is smashing.
      We both do things with our lives ~ you more than me, but I’m working on that.
      On the other hand I believe that life is a multi-layered kaleidoscope, and that there are many facets to happiness. We can be happy about 90% of our lives, unhappy about 5%, and totally pissed-off about the other 5% of life, and on balance we are damned happy.
      Big hugs and fun kisses Jill. I will be thinking of you today. ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. You are so right, Jack! And I will be thinking of you today also … I find that I really look forward to your comments … you are definitely a special friend!

        Lots of love, many hugs, and happy thoughts, dear Jack! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. In my doctors office, there is a sign saying that we should be exercising regularly…so have sex more often! 😄
    You forgot that one Jack… And at least it is a pleasure that my husband wouldn’t have to give up. The ‘drinking’ and ‘eating’ thing he falls down on.

    I have overweight friends with a myriad of serious health problems who tease me for my ‘thinness,’ which is actually a normal weight that has not changed much throughout my adult life. Eight Stone, (112 lbs) (51 kg), is a balanced weight for someone like me who is 5′ 4″ tall, yet I often hear ” you are too thin!” People have lost their sense of correct proportional body size!

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    1. Your doctor seems more enlightened than most.
      Fatter people seem to want everyone else to be overweight ~ maybe they think it will stop all the pressure on them to lose weight. The sad fact is that being overweight is very bad for your health.
      5′ 4″ and eight stone sounds pretty ideal to me. ❤

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