Start Spreading the News – if you want to make it – fake it for longevity

The Key To Living Forever Is…Feeling Young?

Based on a new research letter, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, it’s all about faking it until you make it if you want to live longer. Individuals who felt younger than their age lived longer than individuals who felt older than their age. That was the conclusion reached in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, which followed 6,489 individuals over an average of 99 months. Mortality rates were lower in adults who felt younger than their years compared to individuals who felt older.

“The mechanisms underlying these associations merit further investigation. Possibilities include a broader set of health behaviors than we measured (such as maintaining a healthy weight and adherence to medical advice), and greater resilience, sense of mastery and will to live among those who feel younger than their age. Self-perceived age has the potential to change, so interventions may be possible. Individuals who feel older than their actual age could be targeted with health messages promoting positive health behaviors and attitudes toward aging,” reads the study’s conclusion.

Exercise as part of your office routine!

December 5, 2014

Make Exercise Part of Your Work Routine
Regular exercise can produce countless benefits—from improved concentration and sharper memory to enhanced creativity and lower stress—all of which boost workplace performance. Yet many of us believe we don’t have the time. So instead of viewing exercise as something you do for yourself, consider physical activity as part of the work itself. Here are a few ways to incorporate more exercise into your routine:

  • Identify a physical activity you like. You’re more likely to stick with an activity if you enjoy doing it. If you’re not into treadmills, try tennis or swimming or dancing.
  • Invest in improving your performance. Don’t think of it as “getting some exercise.” Focus on mastering an activity. Hire a coach, enroll in a class, and buy the right clothing and equipment.
  • Become part of a group. Find an exercise regimen that involves other people. It can be more fun and keep you committed.

Adapted from “Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job” by Ron Friedman.

Laughter is GOOD for wellness

Makes sense to me…

After the Day of Thanks – I’m thankful for the Car Talk Brothers who brought laughter to some many over the years.

researchers aren’t sure if it’s actually the act of laughing that makes people feel better. A good sense of humor, a positive attitude, and the support of friends and family might play a role, too.

“The definitive research into the potential health benefits of laughter just hasn’t been done yet,” says Robert R. Provine, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and author of Laughter: A Scientific Investigation.

But while we don’t know for sure that laughter helps people feel better, it certainly isn’t hurting.

Laugh  on and be well – whatever the cause and effect for chuckling often.

Exercise and Aging (Wall Street Journal report of 12/1/14)

“When it comes to improving health and longevity – (cardiovascular) exercise is key”.
Runners in one research study lived 6 years longer than non-runners. In another study – death rates were about 1/3rd lower for moderate intensity runners.
…moderate cardiovascular workouts of 30 miles a week (for runners) or 50-60 minutes of vigorous exercise a day, and take one day off a week…

Keep moving, Boomers!