As I entered my forties, I felt pretty good about my health and my life. But, at 49, I became aware of the fact that there were some noticeable changes over the past year. At that time, I became curious about the aging process so I began to research it and become more familiar with it. I uncovered my goal for aging; live long, die short. In America, people are living shorter healthy lives and longer sicker lives. It shouldn’t be this way. The memory of three particular people came to mind for me. These were individuals I had met throughout my life and had received advice from regarding health and vitality in the later years.
The first was a woman I met at a holistic health fair in Santa Fe. She was sassy and very enthusiastic about what she was sharing and was proud to announce that she was in her sixties. Of course, those in ear shot questioned her secret because she looked to be in her forties. She replied, “Water! Water, water, water!” She shared that she truly believed this was the key to slowing the aging process. Drinking plenty of water aids the body’s systems in functioning properly. It will also give you healthier, more supple skin and has been proven to help with weight loss. Everyone should drink at a minimum half their weight in ounces.
The second person I received instruction from was a woman I met at a yard sale. This woman was with her son. He was proud of his mother and informed several gathered close that she was 79. When I asked her what she felt was the secret to looking and feeling so young, she replied, “Just keep moving. Don’t ever stop.” Physical activity was her defense. Physical activity not only helps in the aging process, but according to the Mayo Clinic, it also can help with mood and depression, weight control, decreased energy, and to promote better sleep.
And, lastly, one of the people who influenced me on my journey of health was a teacher who said that people who want to get healthy or maintain their health need to have a strong foundation. He believed this foundation to be spirituality. Without it, he said, nothing else will fall into place. It doesn’t have to be a religious practice, he said, but it should be something that takes you within yourself. Meditation, Qigong and yoga are some examples. A spiritual practice also helps with stress relief, focus and a sense of peace.
Now, as a certified health coach, I want to share this advice. Most people want to be healthier, but they don’t always know where to start. To quote Lao Tzu – “This journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” To discuss your goals and create a plan to get there, contact me. Sometimes it helps to have a partner on this journey.
Leslie will give a workshop on “Live Long, Die Short” in the summer of 2013. For details on Leslie’s events, please visit, www.lesliemartinhealthcoach.com.