1-Sentence-Summary: Healthy at 100 addresses the importance of maintaining healthy habits such as exercising or simply keeping your body moving, practicing gratitude and avoiding stress by being kind and loving, and overall keeping yourself healthy in the long run by using the simplest yet the most effective practices that have passed the test of time.
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Do you think that you’ll be healthy in your old age, living life fully and enjoying your day-to-day experiences with passion and an ardent will to live? Or do you think that you’ll become an old man reminiscing on the good old days, when your body was more capable of doing things and you had more passion for life?
Whatever your inner conviction is, that’s part of the reason why your life may end up becoming just that! Healthy at 100 addresses ways to keep your health in good parameters even as you age, by exercising, eating right, keeping your mind-body-spirit connection well-maintained, and being grateful for all the little blessings in your life.
For now, let’s explore three of my favorite lessons from the book:
- Your right and left leg are your two best doctors.
- Ads are your worst enemy, so never believe what marketers are pushing down your throat.
- Your life becomes better the moment you live your truth, love more, and treat your body right.
While there’s many valuable insights that you could get from this book, let’s focus on these three particular lessons for now.
Lesson 1: Exercise and movement have a better chance of curing your diseases than medication does.
There’s no secret that exercise and moving your body by doing something as simple as walking can enhance your health levels and keep you in good shape for as long as you do it. However, there are cultures that take this concept to a whole new level, proving that movement is a better healer than actual medications and drugs, and the author is in complete agreement with this idea.
In fact, he says that before you’re prescribed any of that man-made medication, doctors should aim to encourage you to engage in some sports activities. However, the Western culture canceled this idea and popularized a sedentary, office life, as well as a life of dependency on all the little gadgets that make it easier, and all those foods that satisfy artificial cravings. Enough with that! Going back to our roots is the answer – and moving your body can sometimes be the only help you need.
In fact, the author adds that not exercising is like taking a depressant. Unhappiness, anxiety, stress, and frustration can all be remedied by engaging in sports activities, as moving your body will make your brain release dopamine or the “happiness hormone”. Therefore, whether you’re a couch potato, overweight, or simply looking to live healthier, this is one great first step that you can take to accomplish your goals.
Lesson 2: Avoid falling into the trap of ads, and use common sense instead.
In today’s world, ads are as poisonous as the products they market so intensely for. Guides, magazines, and books on health, diets, and nutrition often include pages with ads for highly processed foods, especially sweets and snacks. Your child’s school probably has a bunch of flyers on the walls promoting M&M’s as a healthy snack in between breaks, right?
This toxic approach to diets combined with the targeted efforts of marketers did increase the revenues of the food and beverage industry, but at what costs? Americans have one of the lowest life expectancies on earth while ranking among the highest in terminal diseases like cancer and diabetes. So, what can you do about it? Just use common sense! In big lines, a diet consisting of mostly vegetables, non-animal proteins and fats, reduced amounts of tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine is the one you should be aiming for.
There’s no surprise that the cultures that promote healthy diets and a good amount of exercise are known to be the longest-living nations on earth, such as Japan. In fact, there is a strong link between choosing proteins and fats of vegetable origin, whole grains over industrialized and processed foods with a longer and better life. Add a good amount of exercise to that, and you won’t only live longer, but drastically improve the quality of your life even as you approach a more mature age.
Lesson 3: You didn’t lose the genetic lottery – you just got to think highly of yourself, eat better, and love more!
You see, we all like to play the victim. Whether you tell yourself that you just don’t have the right genes, you can’t be happy due to your financial situation, or any other limitations you impose on yourself, the truth is that you are in charge of your life. Starting from the body, to the mind, and lastly, the spirit, you can change your situation by taking action. Your body is your temple, so nourishing it with food, water, and movement is what will make it stronger and healthier.
Genes play a major role, but how come entire populations from different cultures have a significantly higher quality of life and life expectancy? Nutrition must count for something too, right? Your mind is the control center of all your actions, thoughts, and perceptions. Feed it news, the radio, social media, and vanishing trends, it’ll always make you think that you’re in danger, you’re in the wrong place, doing the wrong thing. Someone is always better, richer, fitter, and living a more fulfilling life than yours, right? Well, not quite!
Avoid rushing into these trends, as they can alter the quality of your life significantly! A happy person is a person who lives in the present, enjoys the little things, and practices gratitude by counting their blessings. As such, you must get out of this vicious circle of always wanting more and thus, always spending more time chasing those things, letting life pass you by. Lastly, nurture your spirit by being kind and loving. It’s so simple! Help a neighbor out, be kinder to yourself and those around you in good and bad times, take care of your partner, and put a lot of care into your relationships.
Healthy at 100 Review
Healthy at 100 addresses a universal topic of interest – how to stay healthy, active, fulfilled, and happy, as you grow old and your body starts to age while your spirit stops feeling passionate about life. Going through life, aging, fighting diseases, and maturing aren’t easy, yet some people seem to have found the secret of youth, happiness, and living meaningfully: to be content with yourself, practice gratitude, exercise more, and eat right. The book addresses each topic with a large amount of detail, offering a hands-on guide to its readers on how to achieve all these feats and live a joyful life for as long as possible.
Who would I recommend the Healthy at 100 summary to?
The 60-year-old person who wants to learn how to age with grace and live meaningfully as a senior, the 40-year-old person who feels as if they’re going through a midlife crisis, or the 29-year-old person who wants to take charge of their life and change it for the better as they’re about to reach their 30s.