Today’s guest post is a doozy! Karen Lee is a health blogger after my own heart as she encapsulates a simple guide to complete and total health in this post. Who doesn’t want to live longer on this gorgeous planet? If you’re one who does, then keep on reading…
We all want to live longer; about this there is no dispute. But more than anything, we want to live better as we get older. We want to be healthy and active and happy, and not stuck at home with nothing to do but watch TV; or worse yet, be forced to move to a nursing home because we can no longer care for ourselves.
There is no magic formula that can guarantee us a life that is long in both years and enjoyment. Nevertheless, if you are willing to practice the activities outlined in this article, you will be able to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health dramatically. These activities have the power to increase your longevity, and they will also increase your fun quotient at the very same time.
Finding Your Bliss in the Body
Aging is far too often associated with illness, as if the two were somehow inseparable companions. But it doesn’t have to be this way at all. Disease and chronic physical maladies are opportunistic, meaning they only swoop in when bodies are unhealthy and vulnerable. In other words, bad health comes first, and then diseases will strike.
So, what can we do to protect our bodies from the vultures of illness? Here are four good methods that can help us do so:
Yes, I know, we didn’t exactly need to call in Sherlock Holmes for this one. But the key thing is to just get moving, a little bit at a time, and then let things build up naturally as your conditioning improves.
My mom, who has had a lot of problems with her sciatica, got a chance to experience this first hand when we all traveled to Mexico and she got a chance to walk regularly. She felt so much better, it was amazing, and that was a lesson to all of us about the true value of physical exercise.
Elementary, my dear Watson! The modern American diet is made up largely of crap (pardon my French), and if you eat in the “normal” way you will not be giving the cells of your body the nutrients they need to survive. Diets high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and unprocessed foods in general are guaranteed to make you feel much better, and they will also help your immune system regain its natural resiliency.
The healing power of water
Water is God’s most powerful antibiotic, capable of washing away all of your ills, cares, and woes. A personal hot tub, a local indoor heated pool, a nearby beachfront with easy access to a clean lake or the ocean, walkin tubs with whirlpool features specially made for seniors – all of these could give you the healing doses of watery therapy that you so desperately need.
Tai chi is another great mind/body technique. The only reason I say yoga first is that I have personal experience: my mother and I have both been attending classes regularly and reaping the benefits of an activity that increases mobility and flexibility while helping to eliminate the killer effects of stress.
The Mind Released
A healthy body is inseparable from a healthy mind. Constant worry and stress are lifespan shorteners, and they are deeply ingrained habits in western society. To get your mind back on track, think positive thoughts and stay busy with constructive activity.
Three great practices to try are:
Call a local community or senior center to arrange for lessons if you are not certain how it works.
Keep challenging your mind by reading things that interest you. I would strongly recommend that you choose books and magazines, however, because the direct light of the computer screen can be bad for the eyes and research shows it actually interferes with cognitive processes.
Minds are meant to be creative, and when we write, paint, draw, play a musical instrument, or act in a community play, we re-energize a part of ourselves that we too often have allowed to go into hibernation.
Honoring the Soul’s Journey
There is no doubt that our souls need human connection to thrive and survive. So here is a great way to find it – become a volunteer. No matter what cause you would like to help, actually putting yourself out there and getting directly involved is a fantastic way to make a difference and bring love and companionship into your life at the same time.
Even if you choose to volunteer with animals, you will still build great friendships with other kind-hearted people, in addition to all the wonderful four-legged friends you will make. Volunteering will have such a positive impact on your life that it will send your spirit soaring, and this will energize you right down to the very core of your being.
Joy is the Answer
This statement from the World Health Organization sums it up perfectly: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
When you practice activities like those we have just discussed, you will be doing more than just protecting your health. Life is meant to be lived with energy, focus, and creativity, and when you cultivate these aspects of your being, the results for your happiness and longevity will be spectacular.
About the Author
Karen Lee is a freelance writer and self-help expert who devotes her efforts to helping others improve the quality of their lives. Karen’s website features walk in bath tub reviews and highlights personal care and home bath products for people who want to age gracefully. Karen loves taking long walks in the country side to keep her mind and body fresh.
Ooo, Karen, thanks for this excellent article! The only sentence I twinged while reading was the whole computer screen being bad for the eyes… you mean we have to limit our time reading Live Lighter? lol 🙂