Your Health … It’s Not Just A New Year’s Resolution
MAKING A HEALTHFUL LIFE A HABIT.
If you read our post entitled, “Living A Long Life – It’s Not Rocket Science!” you found out that healthful living is much more than trying the lasted fads in dieting or joining a health club that you only visit once a month. The commitment must be made seriously and for life!
At this point in our discussion we should pause to remember that whether there are merely 10 tips for long life or even 100’s, there is a need to successfully incorporate them into everyday life. Hence the term, “Easier Said Than Done.”
Those who have accomplished the goal of living a more healthful life haven’t arrived by happenstance or by pure luck – it’s been with a solid commitment and having the right tools to succeed. The choice for good health is deeply personal and no amount of Internet searches can substitute for saying to yourself, “I’m going to do this!” And please understand, this amounts to much more than those annual New Year’s Resolutions that nearly half of Americans make every year … and only 8% actually keep.
First, we should understand that the new “habits” required for finding the “New You” will take some effort and time to accomplish. This can be best understood from an article at Huffington Post entitled, “How Long Does It Actually Take to Form a New Habit? (Backed by Science).” This is required reading before you move on.
Once you’ve crossed the threshold of decision and you understand the hurdles ahead, there ARE some tools that can assist. Here are the next steps to create your plan of attack. These will consist of the “tools” that mentioned above.
Here are … wait for it, “10 Tricks to Help You Actually Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions.” Amazing how the number 10 keeps coming up.
Next, we should seriously consider the sobering and profound advice from a 101 year old Japanese doctor:
Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world’s longest-serving physicians and educators. Hinohara’s magic touch is legendary: Since 1941 he has been healing patients at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo and teaching at St. Luke’s College of Nursing.
He has published around 15 books since his 75th birthday, including one “Living Long, Living Good” that has sold more than 1.2 million copies. As the founder of the New Elderly Movement, Hinohara encourages others to live a long and happy life, a quest in which no role model is better than the doctor himself.
Among his recommendations:
- Energy comes from feeling good…
- All people who live long regardless of nationality, race or gender share one thing in common: None are overweight.
- Don’t be crazy about amassing material things. Remember: You don’t know when your number is up, and you can’t take it with you to the next place.
One of the top laments of people who have reached the end of life is NOT, “I should have spent more time at the office.”
Combining a more modern rendition of personal care, we can include Dr. Hinohara’s advice with some points found at Health.com where these recommendations are listed:
- Stay out of the sun
- Reach out to others
- Drink in moderation
- Eat fruits and vegetables
- Focus on fitness
- Don’t smoke
Preserving a quality life is pretty much a matter of having a plan and sticking with it. Although the details will be somewhat different for each individual situation, the general rules are the same: establish lifelong health goals and work every day to accomplish them.
A great place to start making your list is right here at Wikihow.com. Copy, paste & print your list and get started today. Take your list to your doctor and partner with a nutrition specialist if possible to put your plan into action.
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