Just because we are living longer, does that mean we are healthier?

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

We are now living longer than ever, according to Singularity University, the average lifespan of Americans has already extended by 3 months for every year lived. By 2030, that will have increased to 1 year for every year lived! Just imagine that!

Now the question is, will our health match that of our lifespan? What is the point of living so long if we are not at our optimum health, if we have difficulty walking even short distances without being short of breath, or having to rely on a lifetime of medication for issues that can easily be reversed with the right food? You get the picture, don't you? Or how many older people do you see who are still mentally alert, active, pain free and have a real vibrant energy about them? Very few.

You might say that those who enjoy good health have strong genes, however, our genes play a very small part in this. Our lifestyle plays a much bigger role than many give credit to.

A statement I hear so often is "Well, we are all going to die at some point, so why not just live your life to the fullest?" Now I certainly don't disagree with that. However, what does "living life to the fullest" mean to you?

Does it mean eating whatever you want, when you want? Or does it mean to be able to do all the activities you wish to without having to worry about whether your back will hurt after walking for too long, or that your knees will not be able to support your weight for any length of time? How would you like to leave this earth and how would you like to be remembered?

Would you like to just fall asleep and not wake up the next morning? Or will your last months on this earth be in a hospital bed, hooked up to a heart monitor, not being able to be independent and that will be the last memory your loved ones will have of you? In some instances, the latter option may be inevitable due to certain circumstances. But why wouldn't anyone want to live their best life till the end?

I know I would.

So consider what sort of life you want to live. I know that I would like to live a life free of pain, drug-free, full of energy to do all that I would like to do, have full mental alertness till the day I leave this physical plane and more. I certainly don't want to end up in a wheelchair (unless an external event puts me there), or be fully dependent on someone else for my daily needs.

I choose to take charge of my own health. I choose to be healthy, vibrant and active till the end. Our health is in our hands.

What would you choose?

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