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Is Living Longer an Option?

By Tom Herrin

Some things seem to be destiny and some seem to be determined by choice.  At least, it appears that many feel that way.  As for me, I always like to believe that I have more say in determining what happens to me.  I am sure that it may not all be one way, but leaning toward choice give any of us more hope.  Years ago, many people may have accepted the idea that they have little ability to influence longevity and simply had to accept what came. With some thought and follow-through, we may do a lot for our quality and length of life.

Take Care of Our Skin

For many years, people worked out in the sun but knew how to take care of their skin.  They wore hats with large brims and long sleeved shirts.  Now that so many of us spend time in the sun for recreation, we often fail to take the right kinds of precautions.  Regular screening for skin cancer may be helpful.  Using sunscreen should be a part of our routine.  As someone who spends quite a bit of time in the sun, I know that I have to be careful.  I always wear a hat with a brim.  Looking for shade is not a bad idea either.

Keep Stress in Its Place

Most of us know that stress can be a killer.  It can interfere with sleep, raise blood pressure, and destroy relationships.  If we don't take care, we can end up allowing it to dominate our lives.  In order to manage it effectively, we may have to recognize it.  The more we feel we have control over our lives, the more confidence we may have.  It is possible for us to make choices that may give us that control.  A little physical activity may also help to relieve stress.  Managing it is a critical part of any plan to increase longevity.

Get Involved

No matter what kinds of problems we may be dealing with, one of the best ways to get our minds off of them is to spend some time in service.  There are countless ways to be part of a community.  Working with others is rewarding.  The notion of losing ourselves in service is not new, but it still works well.  For me, it is always fulfilling.  Just look around at all of the older people who do so, and see how happy they appear.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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