Google+

Start Early to Stay Healthy After 70

My doctor is about 40 pounds overweight. His blood pressure is usually high, his breathing sometimes labored, and he likely has elevated cholesterol and other blood products that will cause him cardiovascular difficulties down the line. He is clearly on a disastrous course. When I try to talk to him, I’m interrupted constantly. He’s just too busy to listen to me. Either he is worried about the patient he has just seen or the one he will see later — after he confirms that I am still in the peak health he expects me to be, our appointment comes to an abrupt end. He gives me follow up instructions if there are any and he’s on to see that next patient.

After a few visits to his office I began to think I should fire this guy, but he needs my help. I should work with him. The problem is he doesn’t take direction very well. He’s in his early fifties, but he needs to get a grip on things. I know. I’ve been there.

I started early. I’m 73 now, but I’ve taken health and fitness seriously for my whole life. But, like nearly everyone else, during my work life (from my late 30s through my early 50s) I just couldn’t keep up. For a while, business, family, close relationships collectively ran me into the ground. It was all just too much, and those activities ate into the time I’d previously set aside for remaining active and fit. While I didn’t eat more, what I did eat was simply too much for my lower activity level. Slowly, I started to gain weight and look soft in the wrong places. That made me nervous and I ate more. Sound familiar?

Somewhere in my early 50s I took a long close look in the mirror and decided I just couldn’t continue down the road I’d been on.  I had to sneak back in some of that fitness time I had gradually given over to career and social functions. I quickly lost a few pounds. That made me feel a lot better and I knew I was on the right track. Gradually I reassessed my exercise level, improved my eating habits, and backed off on lengthy meetings at work. Keeping those meetings to no longer than one-hour, in the end reduced my stress level.

In summary, I developed some key habits: eating sensibly, exercising, reducing stress and keeping mentally fit. As a result, in my 73rd year I don’t need prescribed medications of any kind. I have no chronic conditions nor do I show any signs or symptoms of acute or chronic conditions age-related or otherwise.

I didn’t get to where I am now by doing anything terribly complicated. I’m going to tell you about how simple strategies can be helpful. It’s not rocket science — most of it is just sensible stuff. If you think it makes sense for you and you want to make a program of your own, you will find it only requires a little discipline. Of course, I don’t do anything really stupid — by that I mean, I don’t do habit–forming drugs, I don’t smoke or use tobacco products, I don’t eat strange or unusual concoctions, no fad diets, or take strange dietary supplements, and I don’t depend on stimulants of any kind.

 

Please Follow Richard on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pebblerick

 

Richard A. Hudson is a writer, reader and blogger committed to exercise, proper nutrition and health.  He’s interested in politics, economics, alternative energy, gardening and sustainability and has written brief essays on many of these topics on his bloghttp://richlynne.wordpress.com.  Despite his generally positive and optimistic views about globalization, he wonders whether we will survive current destructive forces that increasingly promote warfare among political and social classes. He is also beginning to think about the declining influence of the know-it-all baby boomer generation just as the next generation born in the 60s begins to slowly stumble into a dominant position in the U.S.

 He received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Chicago (1966) and subsequently spent 42 years in academics, gradually developing all sorts of interests well beyond his basic training.  He ended his academic career in 2008, having published about 100 scientific papers, reviews and commentaries.  In his last several years in the academy, his role as Dean of the Graduate School afforded him many opportunities to interact with students from all over the world seeking graduate degrees.

REQUEST INFORMATION

Entertainment

For movies opening August 18, 2017

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening August 18, 2017 BIG BUDGET FILMS The Hitman's Bodyguard (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity) Unlikely-buddies comedy about an ace bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) who grudgingly helps a notorious assassin (Samuel L. Jackson) negotiate a dangerous gauntlet en route to the Hague where he's set to testify in 24 … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

The “King” Will Take Center Stage at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Expo

  The “King” Will Take Center Stage at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Expo by Amy Lignor   Each and every year the Wildlife Conservation Expo is held to address situations out there that are harming our world and its animal inhabitants. This time around, WCN’s annual Fall Wildlife Conservation Expo in October, will be focusing on various issues, but it is the King of the Jungle who will be taking center stage. For those who are … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar

  How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar  by Edwin Evers When it comes to electronics, a question I get asked a lot is, “How do you customize your fish finder settings at the beginning of a day on the water?” The short answer is, “I don’t.”   You might think that a guy who makes his living with a rod and reel and who’s always looking for ways to tweak a lure or find a stronger knot would spend a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

College Football Arriving Soon!

  College Football Arriving Soon! by Amy Lignor   Ask any college football fan and they will tell you that it seems like an eternity waiting for the season to begin. But, have no fear, the kick-off to the college season is almost here, with Colorado State and Oregon State hitting the field on Saturday, August 26th at 2:30 p.m. ET. On the same day, fans of Oregon State and Colorado State will see an active match-up, and Portland … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation

  Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation by Amy Lignor   Many people love taking a cruise. But it is the river cruise on that glorious steamboat that not only offers all the benefits a big ocean liner offers, but also creates a more personalized, intimate vacation experience. It is a unique recipe: being able to witness stunning landscapes, mixed with amazing history, while dining on acclaimed regional cuisine and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017

  Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017 by Amy Lignor   The term ‘meteoric rise’ usually applies to something fun. Think: A Hollywood actor who has been ‘discovered.’) Unfortunately, when it comes to this article, ‘meteoric rise’ is something that will not bring a smile to one’s face. To put it simply, if you wish to refinance your home, you need to do it ASAP. If choosing to wait too much longer, homeowners across the … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Business

Umbrella Insurance: The Safety Net You Need

  Umbrella Insurance: The Safety Net You Need by Amy Lignor   The realm of insurance is just about the most difficult maze to get through. Each and every day it seems the financial and insurance industries are changing. What is not changing, however, is the fact that lawsuits fill up the courts more and more – lawsuits that award cash to third parties even if you don’t happen to have that cash saved. More and more, the words “umbrella … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period represented a window of opportunity for African-Americans... Many [Black] political leaders emerged … [Read More its Good for You...]