Common saying is - ‘Life begins at 40’, however general experience is – ‘Life begins to show at 40’!
As we approach or pass this age, we will become more and more aware of health issues. How much is the impact of these issues on quality of life. Sports persons face increasing frequency of injury. It takes longer to recover. With sedentary life, we realize there is reduction of stamina, energy & flexibility, besides ailments such as High BP, High Sugar level, Hypertension, Arthritis etc.
We must understand that feebleness of mind and body are not natural consequences of ageing, but more a result of Lifestyle that we adopt as we age. Nature seems to have one inviolable rule:
‘Use it or lose it!’
To have a long & healthy life, firstly, we need to know what we can do with our lifestyles to offset or even prevent these physical changes – for example, how we exercise, how we eat, what stresses we put ourselves under, and what type of environment we create around us.
Another aspect of lifestyle related ageing is that the body can start to ‘rust’. If we want to slow down the ‘rusting’ of our bodies, we can begin by doing the following:
Reducing the toxic load in our living environment.
Ensuring our diets contain lots of antioxidants to combat these positive ions.
Making sure our circulatory systems operate efficiently so that the antioxidants are effectively delivered to all parts of the body.
In addition to the damage caused by positive ions, our bodies take longer to repair as we age.
We can offset this problem by:reducing the amount of damage that our body has to repair in the first place by reducing stress, because stress has damaging effect on many of body’s system.
Making sure that the body has all the dietary resources that it needs to maintain itself (such as minerals, vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates).
Mentally we are alert, positive and optimistic. Physically our bodies have stamina, good muscle tone, suppleness & flexibility. Both mentally & physically we feel balanced & coordinated. This approach can have real consequences. Focusing on positive aspects of life has much more beneficial effect than focusing on negative aspects.
Saying ‘ I am healthy’ is beneficial than ‘I am not sick’, in the morning. Subconscious mind works with images than words.
If we have a health issue, such as diabetes, the focus should not be on controlling diabetic condition and reducing pain but on becoming supple and flexible with free & easy movement. The focus needs to be shifted from being a focus on disease to a focus on health. We are not aiming to avoid diabetes or reduce the pain of diabetes. We are aiming to feel full energy and vitality.
A series of exercises & approaches to life that will not only keep your mind and body in a healthy condition but, in so far as it is possible, repair any pre-existing damage and minimize the ‘the quality of life impacts’ of any condition that you might have developed or be developing.
to be continued ....