Anti-aging and clues to a long, healthy life

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The Measure of an Anti-Aging Man Part II

In Part I, The Annual and Body Composition were the two measurement categories. Here are two more easy-to-measure indicators of your body’s anti-aging performance.

Basic Fitness

Quality of life right up to our dying day is a quest of most. Fitness plays a key role in that level of quality. Use it or lose it. And too many have lost it. But don’t despair, fitness may be lost, but it can be regained. How’s your fitness level?

Can you quickly climb three flights of stairs, ideally two at a time, and carry on a conversation once at the top? If not, you need to work on your cardio fitness.

How about push-ups? Can you perform 20 strict push-ups without stopping? If you can’t, do as many as possible. Add one tomorrow, and another each day until you can easily do 20.

Leg strength is even more critical. Can you do 20 bodyweight squats without stopping? If not, follow the same protocol as for push-ups until you can. Once you’ve mastered that, work up to 20 jump squats.

Muscle loss is a tragic yet needless symptom of aging in so many. Fitness will not only help you live longer, but will greatly add to that quality of life.

Three Trains

I read an online survey today on longevity. One of the questions was, “Do you have at least one bowel movement every two days?”

Every two days!

My analogy has always been the train station. If three trains a day enter the train station and any fewer than three leave, Houston, we have a problem. Maybe not today or tomorrow. But a problem will appear.

The same with our digestive tract. Experts say that 80% of our immune system resides in our digestive tract. If it is bunged up, our immunity is compromised.

So what’s your number? If you aren’t having two to three bowel movements a day, your body is telling you something. You need to move (literally and figuratively). You need to increase your fibre intake.

So here you have four anti-aging areas to measure… four easy indicators of your present anti-aging status. Like you would in your business, change the actions relating to the areas in need of improvement. Strive to improve every week, month, and year. As I’ve said before, your future self will thank you.