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The Progressive Professional… A Guide for Quality Living – July 2018

How is project ME going? As we discussed last month, you are the only one that can control how you feel, look, and enjoy life. Your happiness, health and productivity are all in your control. We’ve talked about managing your time so you can achieve your goals – whether taking care of yourself, earning a new promotion, finding the perfect job, taking care of your family or any number of other goals you may have. We’ve also talked about changing habits to improve life. Hopefully these tips have been helpful.

Last month I asked “Are you aging yourself prematurely?” If you aren’t taking care of yourself, feel stressed, a lack of energy and ignoring all the signals your body is sending you about necessary rest, nutrition and activity, you may be unnecessarily aging faster than desired.

Healthy aging isn’t about avoiding death – that’s impossible! It is about maintaining the quality of life as high as possible for as long as possible. That includes avoiding preventable diseases and premature decline. Experts in longevity refer to this as “lengthening your health span” and they’ve identified three characteristics of successful aging:

  • Avoid succumbing to disease and disability
  • Maintain a high level of cognitive and physical functioning
  • Stay engaged with life

More than half the deaths in the United States are attributed to three causes: heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. All can rob you of your health and vitality before they finally kill you and could be considered a fast-track aging process. Most can be avoided because they are tied to bad habits – tobacco use, poor diet and/or lack of exercise. Did you stop those bad habits using the process that was shared last month? If not, there’s no better time to start. You can find last month’s newsletter with the process here.

The good news is that while we can’t control getting older, we can control how we do it! Here are some things you can do to get started on turning back the clock:

  • Follow the June newsletter – put your well-being first on your list!
  • Maintain a healthy weight – not necessarily the perfect weight, but one that is healthy for you and your body type
  • Keep moving – even if you have to start by walking around in the house
  • Get enough sleep – turn off the TV, phone, iPad, etc. early so you get 7-8 hours of rest a night
  • Choose healthy, nourishing foods – check labels and only consume those things that provide your body nourishment – no empty calories!
  • Engage socially with friends, relatives and others you enjoy being around – create a network of support
  • Get regular check-ups – talk with your doctor about your health, not just your complaints. For example, my doctor provides a consultation with a nutritionist for free. I took advantage of it and gained good insight into things I could change easily and quickly.
  • Stay current with appropriate vaccines for your age. There are new ones coming out regularly that prevent common diseases that can be problematic.
  • Eliminate bad habits like smoking, using tobacco, excessive alcohol use and recreational drugs – none contribute to a healthy life!

The best news of all – All of these are in your control! Every one!

If you want to continue to enjoy life at any age, make Project ME your number one priority!

If you haven’t started your project plan – now’s the time to do so! Pick an item from the list above that you feel you can improve on. Determine one action you can take in the next few minutes – perhaps pick up the phone and make the appointment for your check-up; or, go clean out the junk food from your pantry; or just go for a short walk – anything to get started. Once you start, you’ll find it creates energy to do more.

Remember, if you never start down the path, you’ll never get where you want to go! If you’d like to know where you’re starting, you can go to this website: https://exrx.net/Calculators/HealthAge answer a few questions and it will tell you your health age. Then you can measure your progress over time.

Please consider letting me know how you are doing! I love to hear what folks are working on and how they are progressing.

Till next time – Stay or at least start the path! Your attention to your health will pay off in ways I know you’ll appreciate.