Grow Old Stay Smart

Growing old doesn’t have to be a task. By taking small steps now to keep your mind and body limber, you can enjoy retired life later—while teaching your kids to do the same.

By doing so, you could help reverse a troubling nationwide trend.
According to a recent study conducted by the federal Institute of Medicine, one in five people age 65 and older have “one or more mental health and substance abuse conditions, which present unique challenges for their care.” [1. http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2012/The-Mental-Health-and-Substance-Use-Workforce-for-Older-Adults.aspx] As that number increases in the coming years, who will assume the burden of caring for mentally ill seniors?
The solution suggested in the report is less than optimistic. “No single approach, nor a few isolated changes in disparate federal agencies or programs, can adequately address the issue.” How can you take a positive step in this dilemma? Take steps now—and teach them to your children—to keep your body fit and your mind sharp, so you don’t become part of these statistics.
Here are four tips to maintain your body and brain so you can stay independent as you age.
Kick your meds. The use of medication in absolute emergency scenarios is arguably understandable. However, in many instances, people can make a few healthy lifestyle changes to drastically reduce the number of medications they take. Always consult with your Maximized Living doctor or a trusted physician before cutting back on any medications. The synthetic chemicals in prescription drugs can elicit harmful side effects, including psychological damage. Prioritize your health today. By improving both your mental and physical fitness, you may be able to avoid dangerous, expensive meds down the road.
Share your expertise. Teach a class on something you love, and you may revitalize your whole body. Known as the “Harmonica Man”, Andy Mackie gave up all 15 of his medications after his ninth heart surgery, and used the would-be prescription money to buy harmonicas for local school children. For the next 11 years, he survived to teach thousands of kids in his community to play a new instrument. Continually challenge your brain to make sure it stays agile. Watch Video
Ditch the tube. The best workouts take less time than an episode of “Mad Men”—without commercials. Today, the average American watches about four hours of TV every day. Cut at least one of those hours and take the minimum 12 minutes to attack a high-intensity interval training program like MaxT3. Even with a dynamic warm up, slow cool down and post-workout shower, you’ll finish in an hour. You’ll sleep better and have more energy now, while strengthening your muscles, bones and nervous system for the long haul.
Let your brain do its thing. Your brain dictates all the processes of your body. Regular spinal correction procedures can boost your immune system, your body’s ability to heal wounds and your balance and coordination. If your spine is shifted or damaged, your brain and spinal cord struggle to communicate with the rest of your body. When your body’s functions are delayed, bacteria, viruses and inflammation can wriggle their way in. Protect your spine, and you protect the communication from your brain to the rest of your body.
Healthy lifestyle choices now can make all the difference down the road. Children learn healthy habits from fitness-friendly adults. If you want to set the best example, check out our MaxT3 training program or contact your local Maximized Living doctor today.