We’ve heard stories of people who “lost the will to live.” And that’s really sad of course, but that’s not what I’m referring to here. As we get older, it becomes apparent that we are in a battle with our bodies to stay healthy. Unchecked, most bodies will deteriorate over time (some faster than others) and die.
When we are young, it’s pretty easy for most people. Eat, sleep, drink whatever – and you just keep ticking. After age 45 though, it seems to all change. Digestion changes, memory changes, joints, etc.. At age 50, or thereabouts, we are in a daily battle with our bodies. It takes a real plan to combat the ultimate breakdown of our systems.
So what can we do to optimize our battles? Well, I think it starts when we are young and we have to be nice to our bodies. The harder we are on them ages 13-40, the harder it will be to do battle when we are 50. However, when the battle starts, it can be a very motivating routine. I find that scheduling time to take walks, do yoga and weight lift actually gets me motivated to work and play!
The reverse is also true. If you get lazy, it’s very easy to slip into zombie-land. This becomes very dangerous as you get older since this routine is deadly.
So, activity + motivation + willpower = true health.