“people are bad at probability in a deep, intuitive level: they overestimate the probability of rare but shocking events – [like] a burglar breaking into your bedroom while you're asleep…. [Though] they underestimate the probability of common, but quiet and insidious events — [like] the slow accretion of globules of fat on the walls of an artery” for example.
Now death, with its probability of 1, is something I can’t change. The quality of life I live before living becomes fatal, however, is mostly in my hands. I’ve gained knowledge of what can affect the quality of my life over the last two years. This put into practice, will hopefully enable me to live a long and healthy life with “rapid morbidity” – or dying in my sleep after a great weekend of Tango at the age of a hundred and something.
So what are some of the simple things you can do to live a longer and healthier life?
First, food choices (because nutrition is a much, much bigger part of good health than most care to admit) –
· Eat food your grandparents would recognise and lots and lots of greens and other vegies
· Reduce foods that have added sugar as much as you can
· Make the best food choice you can whenever you have the choice and allow yourself to slip up every so often
· Drink more water, especially first thing in the morning
Next up is breathing –
This is something we all do but hardly ever stop to think about. There has even been research that shows that when our body does remove fat, the removal of some 80% of that fat is due to the respiratory system – aka breathing! Take the time to stop, think about your breath and maybe even add movement to deep slow breathing – in and out. It might even become meditative – something to be mindful of.
Lastly, movement with community –
Getting up and moving with a community, rounds out these simple ideas. Find something you enjoy doing – yoga, running, tennis, team sports, dancing. Whatever it is that gets you up off the couch, do it as often as you can. If it’s a solo pursuit, find other people to do it with because it is just a lot more fun and those around you help to keep you going back.
Where do you start first? ……….With what feels right for you.
So where are you going to start?
Need help? Then contact me – I’ve got more information and some extra tools that can help you to live healthier and longer.
Take Care, Gavin