How to Die Young…

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Question: I recently heard a radio interview which said that kids born now should live to be 100 with the current medical advances and those that are on the horizon. A year ago I read an article about how kids were not going to live as long as their parents because of the poor lifestyle habits and lack of good foods and exercise. Who should we believe?
Answer: People should be able to live to be 100 or more now, considering the advances made in medicine in the last 30 years. That is if you are willing to survive through medications and consider the potential poor quality of life that some could experience. There are many people walking or rolling around in motorized chairs or attached to portable oxygen tanks that would not have survived if they had been affected by the same health complications 20 years ago. Considering all the things you can do to live longer it’s easier to tell you what to do to insure that you won’t live to be 100.
If you prefer to check out early or live a medically complicated life then these are some ways to speed that process up…
Smoke. It doesn’t matter how much you smoke or when you plan to quit, with each drag you are shortening your life by a few minutes and those minutes add up quickly to become years. If you do survive to reach a ripe old age, then you’ll probably be the proud recipient of one of those little air tanks and a motorized chair because you won’t be able to be get enough oxygen to walk around well.
Avoiding exercise is another way to age out quickly because these bodies weren’t created to sit around. Being sedentary tends to amplify stressful conditions. The fight or flight trigger in our bodies is stifled because we are chained to our chairs behind computers. Granted, lots of jobs require physical inactivity so be active in other areas whenever you get the opportunity. Sedentary activities like Facebook, Twitter, the Internet, satellite television, inactive video games are all good tools for interaction but too much of them and not enough physical movement leads to weight gain and an inability to diffuse stress that affects our internal organs and systems. Exercise is also proven to be as effective as the current antidepressants on the market so it can help to change your outlook on life.
Another way you can decrease your lifespan and lifestyle potential is by consuming soft drinks and eating fast food on regular basis. These will clog your arteries and blow your blood sugar off the charts causing your pancreas and other organs to work overtime to deal with the pollutants and chemicals. Cooking meals with colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and the social bonding that occurs around the family dinner table all go to benefit your health and extend your years. Replace the drinks with water which makes up a vast portion of our bodies. The soft drink companies tell us that they can quench your thirst but water is essential for proper filtration of the wastes in our bodies. Take it a step further and buy a filter which will remove many of the chemicals and metals that may be in your water and a filter is a lot cheaper than those plastic bottles polluting the planet.
Obesity is the number two cause of preventable death. Being overweight increases wear and tear on your joints and overworks your heart and other organs. Additionally, it can often lead to a depressed state which along with a pessimistic outlook are two other factors to shorten your lifespan.
Exercise is often prescribed as an antidepressant and is as effective as the current crop of pharmaceuticals on the market. These are only a few of the things that will make your biological age greater than your chronological age. Being healthy reverses the two. Exercising and eating clean can make a 50 year old person 10 to 20 years younger biologically and it really doesn’t require a Spartan effort. Make some changes and extend your life.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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