Living Longer - Let's Get started!

I just heard today that the key to living to the age of 112 is to eat dessert and to tell people off. This must be legitimate because it is a quote from the oldest living man in the world - Masazo Nonaka. Well, there you have it, we now know how to live past a hundred. Other advice from centenarians includes - eating highly processed pork products, drinking lots of Dr. Pepper, and one centenarian drinks three beers and a shot of Johnnie Walker Blue Label daily!

When I read this, I’m thinking - “What the hell. I’m getting up at 5:00 in the morning so I can join my mates for a high intensity workout, followed by a protein smoothie and an apple, when I could be drinking beers and doing shots.” Do I have this all wrong?

I hope we can all agree that they lived past a hundred in spite of these things and not because of them. And for every one that defies the odds, a hundred don't.

Everyone is the age of their heart.
- Guatemalan proverb

For the past few years, I have been exploring, sometimes in agonizing detail, the science of aging, living longer, and even living better. And my sole purpose for doing this is so I can stay fit, strong, healthy, live an active and adventurous life for as long as possible.

What I have learned is that there are a whole variety of things we can do to extend our lifespan, but I would like to touch on the one thing that we can do, starting today, that is all but guaranteed to not only add years to our lives, but add life to our years. That's exercise.

Exercise Starts With Movement
Just about everything tied to aging well or aging not so well is directly or indirectly tied to exercise or lack of exercise.

Studies have shown that walking for just 30 minutes a day will add seven years to your life. Now my guess is that there is more going on than just going for a walk. I am fanatical about the difference between cause and effect and correlation, and am hugely skeptical of studies-based claims where the conclusions are not clearly cause and effect.

If the conclusions are correlational and not cause and effect, then we don’t really know if we will experience the same conclusion by following the same procedure.

So, my point is that it is highly possible that the same people that get out and walk a mile a day probably do other healthy things versus the people that are glued to the couch.

Having said that - I really believe that if you get out and walk every day (as a starter), you will start seeing results and will probably, hopefully, start doing other things that will make you even healthier and ultimately live a bit longer.

In Conclusion
There are many things we can do to live the adventure life, but two of the most important and most resisted are strength training and running (or intense cardio), and what it boils down to is, you cannot avoid these two critical elements. You can tweak them, but you can’t avoid them.

Shortly, I will be releasing a couple videos on what kinds of exercises you can do to get started, but in the meantime, just get moving. Go for a walk, or a hike, or a jog. And do some pushups and squats or squat-thrusts. Doing something, anything, is a great start. And whatever you do, it doesn't have to be perfect, because, hey, you are going to be doing these things for the rest of your life and you will have plenty of time to improve!

The key thing here is that the goal is not to live longer necessarily, but to live a fuller, more vibrant life as the years start to add up. And if we can tack on a few more on in the process, then all the better!

Lastly, I don't know if all of this will truly defeat aging, or just trick the heck out of it, but whatever it is, it beats sitting around and accepting the inevitable. And sure is a lot more funner!

See you out there!
Jim