How would you like to be functionally younger?

I am going to assume that’s a yes! People are living longer, well into their 80s and beyond. We are all going to age, no matter whether you are in great shape or using a walker to get around.

You can choose to become decrepit, but you don’t have to. You can live a life full of joy, and not be burden with carrying extra weight, or having sore joints. You can live functionally younger, for many years to come, in all the ways that matter.

Our society is plagued with soaring health costs, epidemics of obesity, heart disease and cancer. These are lifestyle diseases that diminish your health and rob you of the joy that goes with it.

No matter how good our medical care system is, we need great personal health care. Seventy percent of premature death and aging is lifestyle-related. Heart attacks, strokes, falls, fractures and most serious injuries are primarily caused by the way we live our lives.

Every day you are choosing your state of health by the way you live. If you want your state of health to change, you must change the environment it’s in.

Your body will choose whatever state of health you tell it to. You can decide what state of health you want by your daily habits.

To accomplish this there are three things you must do. (Why does it always seem there are three things?): Daily exercise, reasonable nutrition, and emotional commitment. For most people, the most challenging of the three is exercise.

Exercise Is the Golden Key to Great Health

You should exercise most days of the week, doing cardio exercises 4-6 days per week and lifting weights 2-3 days per week.

Exercise is essential for aging well. It sends a signal to your body to get stronger, more limber, and functionally younger. “It’s a friendly trick you can play on nature.”

You don’t have to go to a gym. You can bike, hike, play a sport. The mode of exercise doesn’t really matter. You just need to get moving!

Start slow and work your way up to about 45 minutes of aerobic exercise. You should work hard enough to work up a sweat. Remember – consistency trumps intensity every time.

Over time you will be able to do more intense aerobic exercises, and you will become fit, healthy and more relaxed.

Strength training will make you feel good and healthy for the rest of your life. You start to lose your bone mass after 40; this is why we become little old people.

We also start losing the lubrication in our joints, and they begin to hurt. Then you start to lose your balance when you walk and become afraid of falling.

Lifting weights stops the bone loss, you build muscle mass, strengthen your tendons and joints. Aerobic exercise does more to stop actual death, but strength training can improve the quality of your life. You should experiment with different forms of exercise so you don’t get bored and quit.

Nutrition

We are going to keep it simple here. You should eat the way that you know you should eat. Almost everyone you know has been on a diet of some sort. In fact, most people have tried several diets.

Why do you think that is? It is because Diets Don’t Work!

You just need to eat rationally, and quit eating the things that you know you shouldn’t … like fast food, simple sugar, saturated fat and simple carbs.

Basically, stop eating JUNK! If you eat and exercise the way you should, I promise you that your weight will drift down over time.

Let’s Talk About Commitment

You must show up! Think about building a new you. Your health is the most important part of your life, so treat it like it’s your job. Develop a schedule and a habit of exercise so that you’re not leaving it up to chance.

Carve out the time to exercise and make it automatic or, I promise you, you will quit. If you don’t like to exercise, do it anyway!

The message here is this: Rely on structure rather than motivation.

It’s the HABIT of exercise, NUTRITION and HEALTHY MINDSET that will make you successful.