Who Needs to Live Longer?
By Tom Herrin
Sometimes the thought of dealing with life can get any of us a little down. One of the reasons may be the feeling that, in the long run, we have little that we can control about it. We have finances, social issues, diseases, and plenty of other things to worry about. Trying to maintain health can, at times, seem to be more than overwhelming. On the other hand, we may be able to turn that kind of thinking around if we can simply have more control over our own health and, to some extent, our lifespan. There are several things we can do to help with that.
Even if we don't get into heavy exercise, we need to keep moving. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to retire and stop doing anything. I had a neighbor once who retired and, literally, just sat on his front porch for the rest of his life. There is not much quality in that. If we will find ways to continue movement, we can maintain our flexibility and our heart. Walking daily or participating in some kind of moderate activity may help us to avoid suffering from some of the ills associated with such complacency. When my youngest daughter was born, and we were quite a bit older, I bought a new bicycle and began a regular riding program.
Get Regular Screenings
We are fortunate in that we live in a world in which we have access to all kinds of ways to assess our health. Blood pressure is simple to check, and it may be done almost anywhere. We can also screen for all kinds of digestive issues as well as many kinds of cancers. Taking advantage of them can be a great way to add years to our lives. Staying abreast of the latest ones that become available should be a part of our mission to live well.
If I failed to mention the importance of being involved in the community, I might be leaving out something that can have a huge impact on some lives. While there are several other things that can play a role in increasing our length of life, volunteerism may be one of the easiest to do. Taking the first step and giving up a little time may be the most difficult hurdle for many. If you will look around at the many older individuals who are serving as volunteers, you will surely notice their overall vitality and joy in life. It can be very gratifying as well as providing a needed service to others. It may also be a great way to deal with stress. What a wonderful way to lengthen life.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Valley City, Utah.