20 Good Years
That simple phrase carries a lot of weight for anyone who has reached age 60 or thereabouts.
After all, if we can make the “good” part of 20 Good Years happen, then everything else is doable. Taking care of our families, staying productive, enjoying life—all of that is within our reach when “good” carries the day.
If you’ve breezed past the 50-year milestone in birthdays, you know what I’m talking about. You don’t want to just live to age 75 or 85. You want to get from here to there in the only way that matters: in robust good health.
And it would also be nice to make that journey without having to gulp down a handful of prescription drugs every day.
Anyone would be wildly fortunate to achieve all that. And I believe that you and I have an excellent shot at making that happen.
That’s not just a wild hunch. I’ve done the research.
I’ve been writing about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for more than 15 years. I’m not a doctor. I didn’t spend years in medical school. I have no experience in clinical research. But I’ve dug through thousands of studies and academic articles, and over time I’ve become an avid researcher of CAM research.
Actually, let me put that another way. Let’s call it “wellness research.” And I can boil all that research down to three essentials for healthy longevity.
- As much as possible, eat whole foods that are minimally processed, then reduce sugar intake to the lowest level you can manage.
- Keep moving. You don’t have to join a gym or buy special clothes, shoes, or equipment. Just keep moving.
- Take three minutes every day to settle yourself, eyes closed, breathe deep, and let your mind take in the big picture.
That’s it. Easy, right?
Well…no. It’s an easier-said-than-done kind of thing. But if you incorporate these three essentials into your daily routine, I believe you’re likely to feel better, sleep better, maybe lose some weight, and you’ll develop a sturdy defense against anxieties.
When these things begin to add up, you’ll find that you’re living and enjoying the “good” part of 20 good years.
And I’m here to help you do that.
My occasional posts on this blog are research-based commentaries and infographics designed to charge up the three essentials and improve on the good you’re nurturing in your life.
I post more frequently on Twitter and you can click here to jump into the tweet stream. As with the blog, the aim is to advance our mindfulness about healthy longevity.
I say “our” because we’re on this journey together, figuring out the clues behind the mystery of what keeps us ticking.
Stay healthy, my friends
Please note that the 20 Good Years blog contains opinions about health information. It is not intended to serve as medical advice. Personal health and medical issues should be researched, carefully considered, and discussed with a health professional before deciding on any regimen for prevention or treatment.