Achieving Optimal Well-Being at Any Age
There is a little-known aspect of human aging that few of us - including me, until recently - consider:Â There is no scientific or medical way to determine the age of any individual human being.Â People can tell us their age or show us a birth certificate, but beyond that, there is no science that can put an age or date of birth on someone.Â We have no annual rings, as trees do; no way to count teeth, the way we do with horses.Â There are no biopsies or technologies that enable us to examine DNA or tissues that would allow even the most sophisticated scientist to give us an accurate age.Â The most we can do is guess, generally with perhaps, 10- or 20-year range.Â To me, this opens a wonderful door to a hopeful future, for it allows us to aspire to a long and healthy life with few constraints as to how we might choose to live that life.Â The possibilities for healthy, productive, and joyful years ahead of us seem, in many ways, limitless.
There are four major themes that will serve you no matter how the science changes and I believe them wholeheartedly:
1.Â Â Â Â Â Small changes can make a big difference. A one-degree course change for a big ship eventually makes a significant change in that ship's trajectory.Â In the same way, if you start with small positive changes, over times, your efforts will culminate in a substantial positive effect on your health.
2.Â Â Â Â Â Moderation is key. Just as your body is designed to achieve homeostasis, so, too, is it important for you to find balance when making choices regarding food, exercise, and other areas that affect your health and well-being.Â Some parameters and guidelines will tend to serve you well over time, and I would encourage you to find the ones that work for you for the long term.
3.Â Â Â Â Â It's not nice to try to fool Mother Nature. There are no magical places, times, pills, or potions that can keep you eternally young, but there are many things you can do to improve how you feel and how you live your life.
4.Â Â Â Â Â Remember the Goldilocks rule. At all times of your life, you will have the opportunity to make the best choices that bring you joy and good health and that you can maintain and sustain.
Keep these four things in mind next time you choose a salad over a hamburger or choose to go for a walk after dinner instead of sitting on the couch and watching a television show.Â Be one of those people that make good choices.