BioTrust Radio #14
Published Date: 31st January 2018
Podcast Duration: 31 minutes
Podcast Title: 8 Keys to Healthy Aging (NOT Nutrition or Exercise)
Presenters: Shawn Wells and Tim Skwiat
What do you think is the most important factor for living long and living well? Eating healthy? Being physically active? There’s no debate that those play a role, but there’s more to the story. In this episode of the BioTrust Radio health and fitness podcast, we reveal 8 keys to healthy aging, including what Harvard researchers have discovered to be MOST critical for living longer and happier. Enjoy!
In this information-packed episode of the BioTrust Radio health and fitness podcast, Shawn and Tim revisit the topic of healthy aging. While exercise and nutrition are certainly keys to living long and living well, there’s more to the story, and this episode is dedicated to peeling back the layers of healthy aging and providing you with practical takeaways to help you enjoy a flourishing life.
So, to tune into the show to find out exactly what makes a good life. Here are some of the things you can expect to learn:
● Start where you are. Healthy aging is a journey. Pick one or two places you want to start and just focus on those things.
● According to Harvard researchers, the single-most important factor associated with happiness and satisfaction in life is the quality of your relationships. “Loneliness kills. It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism,” according to Harvard researchers Robert Waldinger.
● Community and being linked to a social support network are key components to healthy aging because they make you feel connected to your environment.
● Your mindset dictates your happiness and where you’re going to go in life.
● Attitude is a choice. Our reactions are a choice. We can’t always choose what happens around us, but we choose how we react to it.
● Having a sense of purpose is critical for healthy aging. According to Patrick Hill, Assistant Professor in Psychology at Carleton University, “Having purpose in life appears to widely buffer against mortality risk across the adult years.”
● Think about your words and how they affect people—including yourself. Are you self-critical? Do you engage in a lot of negative self-banter? Do you find yourself saying, “Gosh, I’m so stupid,” or “I’m just a fat loser”? If so, change your words!
● Failure is NOT final. It’s an opportunity to learn and grow. Think of failure as experimental. It means you’re trying. Now you’re one step closer. Now you know what it’s not.
● Challenge yourself. Learn a new instrument. Learn a new language. Take a different route to work. Put your belt on a different way. Do things different to challenge your fluid intelligence and keep your brain young.
● Stress management is a critical component of healthy aging, and there are many ways to boost resilience, energy levels, and feelings of well-being, including grounding, spending time outdoors in the sun, deep breathing, meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, taking a walk, forest bathing, and more!
● Remember, this too shall pass. Don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill.
● Circadian rhythms and sleep quality, which are intricately related, are tremendously important for healthy aging and quality of life. Find out how you can help “fix a broken clock” and improve your sleep hygiene.
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