The Big Seven

Hey guys. It is tough to summarize what it means to be healthy at 40 and beyond. Health is a multilayered subject and its interpretations are very personal to each of us.
Some principles however are common to all of us as human beings. As a specie, we evolved and thrived when these principles were fulfilled. Our health is compromised when these elements are lacking.  

These are my big seven principles. The ones we should keep in mind when thinking about our life and health span. 
Remember that these are pillars of health. It is not a hierarchy of importance.
1. Nourish Your Body: Fuel your body with nutrient-dense foods that will keep you feeling energetic and vibrant. Use food as medicine and learn eating skills.
2. Stay Active, Stay Strong: Building and maintaining muscle mass is crucial as we age. Incorporate strength training exercises into your fitness routine. Focus on exercises that target different muscle groups and challenge your body. Pay attention to other aspects of fitness: training your cardiovascular health, training your mobility and flexibility. These will help you stay strong, improve your metabolism, and redefine what it means to be fit after and, frankly, at 80.
3. Manage your stress, Cultivate Resilience: Find balance in your life. Explore mindfulness techniques, meditation practices, and engage in hobbies that bring you joy. These activities will help you navigate life’s challenges with resilience and grace.
4. Prioritize Quality Sleep: nothing will provide you the recovery you need like sleep. Ensure you get a good night’s sleep for rejuvenation. Establish a bedtime routine that promotes restful sleep. Create a calm and comfortable sleep environment, free from distractions. Prioritize quality sleep to wake up refreshed and ready to seize the day.
5. Sharpen your mind. Keep your brain sharp and agile as you age. Engage in brain-boosting activities like puzzles, games, or new skills. Challenge your intellect by reading or learning a new language. Expand your knowledge and memory.
6. Address psychological and emotional issues. We, men, tend to suppress and neglect underlying emotional issues. Anger, for example, is a common issue and expression of depression and anxiety.
7. Build Strong Connections: Connect with others for a fulfilling life. Nurture meaningful relationships and foster social connections. Engage in activities that allow you to meet like-minded individuals and create a support network. Surround yourself with people who celebrate the journey of aging and uplift you every step of the way. 
In Good Health!
Ariel Goldenberg

Ariel Goldenberg

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