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No Secrets to Longer Life, Just Planning

By Tom Herrin

When anyone mentions living longer, many people think it is only for those who have the right set of genes.  While it may help in some cases, many of us can actually have a positive effect on our longevity if we will take action.  We can't be apathetic about it.  Taking an active role in managing our health should be a priority.  When we do, we will be able to do something for ourselves and our families.  The good news is that it doesn't take any extreme measures to accomplish some real progress.

Move as Much as Possible

Avoiding the tendency to look for shortcuts on everything we do may be a challenge.  After all, many things are designed for convenience and ease.  They may save steps, but they cost us some moderate exercise at the same time.  While it is best to get some kind of regular activity, it can also be helpful to get in a few minutes per day of simple walking.  The more movement, the better as it can help maintain circulation, blood pressure, and strengthen bones

Eat Well

There are some simple things we can do with our diet.  Eating fewer bad fats may help keep our blood vessels in better shape.   Healthy proteins can provide our muscles what they need.  Plenty of the right kinds of fruits and vegetables can help our digestive system work efficiently as well as supply good nutrients.  Whole grains are easy to obtain as they are available in many products today.  With some minor adjustments to diet, you may be able to improve it enough to minimize the chances of early demise. 

Be a Part of Something

When we are involved in community efforts, we can all benefit.  There is nothing that can replace the feeling of worthwhile service.  We may be doing something for someone who is unable to do it for themselves while getting a great personal reward.  There are lots of good organizations that are constantly seeking people to help out.  Whether it is programs for children or meals programs for those who have limited ability to get out and care for themselves, you are helping someone in need.  Look around at the number of individuals who are older but still still active in the community, and you may become a believer in this.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Brentwood, Calif.

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