How To Live Long and Live Healthy
July 29, 2018, a Seattle Washington man celebrated his 100th birthday by skydiving from a plane, and is planning on doing it again next year…pretty amazing! What’s even more amazing is that he is not the only one his age doing the same or similar things…a 101 yr. old woman jumped from a plane in 2018 and a 100 yr. old woman jumped in 2015, and there are others.
Americans are living longer than ever before, it’s becoming more and more common for people to live to and beyond their 100th birthday – it used to be that you seldom heard of someone reaching that age, but now you hear of it fairly regularly. The problem is, some live to 100 healthy and some do not.
If you’re going to live to reach 90-100 years old, wouldn’t you prefer to be healthy and active? If so…
Live your best lifestyle…
It’s never too soon or too late to make changes to your lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean you should put off making modifications either.
There are many people who love to exercise or who love to eat vegetbles, but there are just as many, or more, who don’t. Each one of us has some health habit that we need to do better in our lives…so it seems that a healthy lifestyle might begin in the way we think…we need to learn to love the healthy things we we’re not so fond of. Changing our behaviors is one of the most difficult things for adults to do, whether it’s losing 10 lbs or quitting smoking.
Changing our habits for a healthier life comes in stages…
- Thinking about it – contemplation: Coming to the conclusion and becoming convinced that you need to make a change, but you’re not quite ready yet.
- Preparing your mind: You have decided to make the change, and now you will think of ideas, actions, and goals to be successful. (Make your goals attainable and measurable)
- Acting on your plan: You begin working your outlined plan and adjusting to the changes in your life. You may have to determine how to block things that threaten your success.
- Maintaining the changes you’ve made: After several months of working your plan, your changes begin to feel like your everyday routine, and now you must maintain those changes, even though there may be periodic set backs.
Healthy lifestyle goals you can achieve…
- How much you eat isn’t as important as how healthy you eat. (you can eat all the carrots and celery you want)
- Choose healthier snacks
- Reduce the size of your portions
- When you eat out, choose places that serve food that supports your changes
- If you’re a smoker – stop. I know that’s easier said than done, but it can be done.
- Move your body – this doesn’t mean you have to join a gym, but it could mean things like taking the stairs rather than an escalater, parking further from your destination, taking brisk walks, do stretching exercises or any other activity that gets your heart pumping.
- Go to bed at a decent hour – You should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep at night…your body needs time to rest and recover in order to work at its optimum.
- Have balance in your life between work and relaxation. Do things you enjoy. Too much work and no play makes life tedious, uninteresting and can cause stress, which is not part of a healthy lifestyle.
The list above is pretty common sense, but there are a couple of other things you need to maintain for a healthy lifestyle, and that is your nervous sytem and spinal health…your spine because it supports and keeps you strong, and your nervous system because it manages all of the other sytems in your body, from immunity to digestive.
Regular chiropractic adjustments can help keep these systems performing correctly. As you move through life, wear and tear on your body happens naturally on a daily basis, often misaligning your spine. And when your spine is out of alignment, so many things are affected and caused, (such as chronic pain and inflammations), that it’s difficult to maintain that healthy lifestyle you are trying to achieve.
You don’t have to run a maraton or become a vegan unless those are things you want to do…Having a healthy lifestyle isn’t a sacrifice, it’s an investment in your future…you will move better, sleep better and have more fun.