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Have You Turned on Your “Fountain of Youth?”

staying healthyThink you have to act your age?  Have you seen the study of men who were actually 75 pretending to be 20 years younger?  They wore name tags with their 55-year-old photos, etc.  In just one week, their eye sight improved by 10 percent.  They saw other signs of growing younger, too, like improved flexibility.  Could only associating with people your own age be prematurely aging you?

Why not keep company with people of all ages?  You’ll probably learn new things and you may find yourself getting out more, and exercising more.  All of that is good for both the body and the brain.

Don’t know many children? Maybe there’s a tutoring program where just listening to children learning to read and helping them with big words would be a great help.  And, people of all ages find themselves in the hospital. Does your local hospital have a volunteer program?  There’s rarely so many volunteers that no one needs more.

Are you paying attention to what you eat and drink?   Nothing’s more important than staying hydrated and getting the best fuel to charge your mind and body.  You just can’t stay healthy without fruits
and vegetables.

Sometimes, you need organic produce to avoid a lot of pesticides.  Apples, for instance, can retain up to 67 chemicals after washing.  The dirty dozen list will show you when you need to find organics and the clean 15 list identifies produce that doesn’t have a ton of chemicals when grown conventionally.

How much time are you spending in front the TV?  Get outside to reduce depression and enjoy the natural beauty.  No matter where you live, you’re treated to a free light show almost daily for sunrise and sunset.  And, how long has it been since you saw the moon and stars?  Do you know which birds are singing around your house? Fox and raccoons roam my part of town, too.

Your town probably has a library with books and magazines if not Internet access.  And, I know seniors who use shopping carts for balance and take weekly tours of big retail stores for the exercise and to watch people.

Most of us have chances to make life healthier and more fun every week, if not daily.  Try something new this week, and then add something else new the next week.  In a few weeks, you may surprise yourself with a brand new interest.

Jim McFadden

Jim McFadden has over 11 years of executive-level experience in the health insurance industry, is a youth baseball, softball and football coach, and has one of the worst fantasy football records in the world.

 

 
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