06.13.24 Do You Have a Longevity Plan?

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(Credit: Norma Baker, Africa Masaii Tribe visit)

Do you Have a Longevity Plan?

You have a retirement advisor. At work, you have likely written annual career goals and objectives. If you were at home over the years, you managed kids sports and schooling plans.  Why is your health any different? Yet it is.

Very few of us have taken steps to create personal health & longevity plans. And yet, we now know that the condition we’re in at 75 is heavily based on how we treated our body and brain in the preceding decades. In fact, the CDC says that 75-90% of our health is ascribed to our lifestyle.

So why haven’t more of us written a preventative plan to give ourselves the best chance of reaching those later years, in the condition we want to be in, to do the things we want to do?

Well, previously, there was not a lot of solid data to guide us in writing such a plan. We may have been familiar with our own personal family history of disease, but were not entirely sure what to do about it.

Now, with the 40+ years of research from The Blue Zones and more research and advanced technology allowing regeneration of our bodies and brains, it is more possible to have more control over how aging will affect you.

To write your plan, we suggest focusing on the 4 Pillars of Aging:

  1. Physical Health: what you eat, how you move, your flexibility and stability
  2. Mental Health: brain plasticity, problem solving and supplementation
  3. Emotional Health: the status of your relationships, how you manage stress and anxiety
  4. Purpose: the underlying driver for life, the WHY you get up in the morning. Is it still there?

The good news is that this is more than a guess now. This has become a science-driven process, starting with evaluation of your current state and then personalizing the plan to focus on your areas of weakness.

The goal with this process is not to create an additional document that sits on your hard drive, only to be considered annually, when the mammogram or annual physical rolls around.

It is a living document that should include goals for each area – whether improving nutrition by adding green leafy veg 3x per week, or, on a higher note, including an adventure challenge trip in your year.

For more information on this topic, please see Events. In September, we’ll be offering a 3-day workshop in Park City UT, where you’ll test yourself in all areas of wellbeing and draft your personal plan for moving the needle through the year.

It’s the perfect time to look forward and begin to make those small changes that will have a huge impact on your later years.

Also in This Issue:

Book Review: Tough Broads

I recently read the newly published book by Caroline Paul, entitled Tough Broads. It is a fantastic read about select older women who have aged well and what has contributed to that.

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Train & Travel Adventures!

Check out our upcoming trip to Africa! We’ll start training soon for this amazing October trek up Mount Kilimanjaro! The good news is that we’re taking 8 days to get to the top, so there’s plenty of time for acclimatization in the altitude.

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I recently read the newly published book by Caroline Paul, entitled Tough Broads. It is a fantastic read about select older women who have aged well and what has contributed to that.

Read More »

Train & Travel Adventures!

Check out our upcoming trip to Africa! We’ll start training soon for this amazing October trek up Mount Kilimanjaro! The good news is that we’re taking 8 days to get to the top, so there’s plenty of time for acclimatization in the altitude.

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Here’s a burning question for most of us in midlife: “What do I hope to accomplish in the next 10 years?” There are so many potential options for your response but however you answer, health is likely a prerequisite. We’ve got a few ideas for your goal and also ways to ensure you are able to achieve it:

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