Physician William Heise submitted this list in a financial publication I read which bears repeating so here it is:
1. Don’t get overweight
2. Get regular exercise
3. Don’t smoke
4. Don’t overuse alcohol
5. Don’t use illicit drugs
6. Get enough sleep
7. Wear your seat belt
I think this is a great list that anybody can follow as these are free measures to practice – absolutely guaranteeing a better quality of life.
Here are two more items I will add to this list to ensure a maximum life quality:
8. Stay connected to pursuits, activities and people that make you happy.
If you hate your job, feel obligated to do things you can’t stand and surround yourself with miserable people – you are really creating a rotten recipe for life.
So stop digging a ditch for yourself and take charge of your happiness.
If the activities and people you surround yourself with drain you and your zest for life, either make a change or plan on being unhappy for the foreseeable future.
9. Work on your movement quality.
I’m convinced that if you are stiff, riddled with joint pain and unable to get up and down from the ground capably and confidently, you will not be a happy camper regardless of your age.
We are only as old as our ability to move in pain-free, unrestricted full ranges of motion.
Take a simple fitness test to see how mobile and fit you are. This will tell you the areas you need to work on to re-connect you with the movement of your youth.
Life for the most part is a relatively simple process. It’s those bad choices combined with unproductive distractions we all have experienced that makes life difficult.
Fortunately, it is never too late to make improvements in our life quality.
You are responsible for your own happiness and guiding your life in whatever direction your habits drive you to. If you cultivate and practice good habits, you will have an awesome life. If you practice bad habits, you will have a dismal life quality.
It’s entirely up to you. Nobody will do the work for you. So don’t count on some mystical figure waving a magical wand over your life and handing you an ideal existence.
I really hope this list inspires you to take action on some level to make things happen to improve your happiness and well being.
Stay Well! Take Action! Be Consistent! Train and Eat Smart! Get Rid of the Drains and Pains in Your Life! Value your loved ones and friends and get out and have some active, safe fun!
I’m Mark Mellohusky (Mellow-Husky) – an often barefoot eternal student of health and physical culture who will not go quietly into the sunset since I have learned how to age gracefully by adopting sane eating strategies, staying strong and lean, moving well and pain-free and conquering nasty fat. All without spending hours haunting gyms doing hours of sappy low value media endorsed exercises.
There’s a sparkle in my eyes and iron in my thighs!
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