If you didn’t get a chance to read my article in Science Of Mind Magazine this month, I thought I would repost it here:
“Exercise is king, diet is queen. Put them together and you have a kingdom.”
~ Jack Lalanne
I have a burning desire to live very well; well beyond my 100th birthday. I am fully enrolled with the belief that I will realize this intention and enjoy the fruits of its eventual success everyday living towards its realization. Are you up for living that long and well? Picture that experience for yourself and feel its vitality, conviction and power. Greater peace and infinite creative energy can be harnessed by knowing that your longevity is greatly enhanced as much by broccoli and jumping jacks as it is by showing up heart first and giving and living large.
So, what are the cool centenarians doing? They are eating right and light. The cultures and countries that host and boast the most centenarians are the ones who love a plant-based diet. Along with covering their bases with getting ample complex carbs from fruits and veggies everyday they are also getting the majority of their proteins and fats from plants too. Legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains power their body’s and minds for the long run-helping to prevent the diseases commonly associated with aging while adding energy to their fulfilling lifestyles. The calorie hit from these plant-based powerhouses is lighter and lower-a scientifically proven way to positively impact both quality and quantity of life. Seniors often don’t feed themselves enough so remember that healthy nutritious food is important at every age!
The 100-plus club is sweating to the beat of their own drummer! I ask you to exercise only on the days that you eat. Yes, it IS that important. Whether your vision is dancing or sprinting into your 100′s then you need to burn calories, sweat your prayers and move with grace and gratitude all the days of your most beautiful life. Feeling under-motivated? Move and be moved. Exercise will naturally raise the neurotransmitter dopamine which is all about motivation and tends towards decline as we age-that is, unless we move-now you have your motivation and your mojo back.
Service with a smile. The word “retirement” does not exist in the traditional Okinawan (a culture rich with centenarians) dialect. Those who live the longest have created a reason for both being and getting up in the morning. In fact, in a study of 1200 centenarians only three and a half percent retired at age 65 and 92% worked over 60 years of their life. Whether you sell on Wall Street or serve in a soup kitchen plug in and be on purpose.
Have a heart to heart. The more friends, love, laughter and community you have the longer you will live. The socially fit will inherit the world as well-connected people have half the mortality rates as lonely people. Hug more and longer, smile bigger and brighter and serve with passion and purpose-live like you mean it now and forever!