I've been reading about longevity related topics lately. Maybe that's what happens when you turn 68 🙂 The most important distinction to me is between lifespan and healthspan. Lifespan has been increasing due to modern medicine, but often people go through a long debilitating decline at the end of life. In contrast, healthspan is what … Continue reading On Healthspan and Lifespan, and Learning From Centenarians
https://jessicasmithtv.com/10-inspirational-walking-quotes-to-help-you-go-the-extra-mile/ I thought this one was appropriate for this time a year, when a lot of us are motivated to make change for the better.
I mentioned in my post "Flip the Youth Switch" that heart rate variability is a good indicator of health, and of your biological age as opposed to your chronological age. In the book of that same name, author Dr. Bob Arnot managed to raise his hrv dramatically in four months. In the first month, his … Continue reading Health Birthday Presents To Myself
Dr. Greger at nutritionfacts.org just published an interesting video on this topic. It turns out being in what's considered the normal (not overweight) bmi range is not enough to ensure health. The most dangerous type of fat is the visceral fat stored around abdominal organs, not the below the skin fat (subcutaneous, or the "inches … Continue reading Waist Size vs. BMI
Eknath Easwaran recommends inspirational reading as part of his 8-point plan for self-transformation in his book Passage Meditation. It is good for motivating us to stay "on the path". He especially recommends it for ending the day before sleep. That works well for me. I drift off to sleep pretty quickly if the last thing … Continue reading Benefits of Inspirational Reading
Waiting for someone to repent before we forgive is to surrender our future to the person who wronged us. Lewis Smedes (from https://thisdaysthought.org/ ) https://positivepsychology.com/forgiveness-benefits/ Many of us trip over this one. The main thing to remember is we are doing this for ourselves, not for the other person. Some situations are obvious. I've carried … Continue reading Inspirational quote: On Forgiveness
I got this expression from when my wife and I were attending Weight Watchers. If you are trying to lose weight, it can be discouraging when the number doesn't go down, or worse, goes up. You've been following your program hard all week and don't get a good result. This can be enough to make … Continue reading Non-Scale Victories
Courtesy stems from mindfulness. Only through being mindful can we more readily take advantage of the endless opportunities to engage others courteously. The true test of courtesy is how we connect and engage when we don’t necessarily get the response we are looking for or when things don’t go exactly as planned -Orly Wahba (https://www.lifevestinside.com/). … Continue reading Mindfulness, Courtesy, and Kindness
Fellow blogger Tony (One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100) wrote this interesting post: Test your heart health by climbing stairs. Dr. Jesús Peteiro, a cardiologist wanted a simple field test for cardiovascular health so he came up with one based on stair climbing. By comparing results of the stair test with … Continue reading Stair Climbing Test
When I grew up in New Jersey we had a fairly diverse population that included many followers of Orthodox Christianity (mostly Eastern Europeans and Greeks). So I always remember Little Christmas being celebrated on January 6, and many people also treated that as the day the Christmas season was over, and their decorations came down. … Continue reading Happy “Little Christmas”!