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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Are Your Birthday's Happy?-Part 3

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."– Eleanor Roosevelt

I took a quick liking to this sport of Ride and Tie which resulted in now, for the time in a long while, competing in a new, challenging and fun activity. So now words like “happy, enthusiastic, dynamic, loving, fun and friendships “became part of my new positive attitude that I also incorporated and expressed in my behavior. This resulted in creating goals and new challenges. I woke up every morning and hit the trail with either my horse or with my running shoes.  I then met new and younger people; and I was participating, and competing in a thrilling team sport and feeling positive about myself. I was also spending time enjoying nature in the wonderful outdoors while becoming more and more physically and mentally healthy.
 This new ride and tie activity resulted in a positive attitude, assisting with my self-esteem, enjoying the outdoors, experiencing pleasure and in having a purpose, meaning and goals.  Having goals resulted in thinking about my future.  And I learned that attitude, positive self-esteem, aerobic exercise, increased energy, pleasure, purpose and new significant goals are all related to successful aging.  Furthermore, this ride and tie activity was also instrumental in establishing a foundation for a more evolved identity.
It is important not to be a captive of or living in the past. If one is stuck in the past, which suggests the possibility that there is something wrong with the present. In other words, don’t get stuck with retrospective thoughts because it may interfere with not taking advantage of present or current opportunities. It is extremely important to be in harmony with the past, present and future. When there is balance between past, present and future, one can focus on choices; and choices are related to one’s attitude. Make positive choices; create significant goals so your life can be meaningful and purposeful. So as Nietzsche stated a long time ago: “He who has a “why” to live for can bear with almost any “how.”   Simply stated it’s important to have a purpose and meaning for your life; both important for identity. Having significant goals by definition helps you to live for and delight in your future. With purpose and more meaning, it allows you to fulfill the real you (identity). So take some time and determine what you want to do with the rest of your life. And, as the Nike commercial says “just do it.”  For additional information consult “It Has Nothing To Do With Age” for more insight regarding identity.
Tony and Jade
To be continued.
Yesterday, Alpha, Jade and I ran and laughed on the trail. Alpha claimed that Jade was laughing too. Don’t ask me to explain his a priori  logic. Anyway, Jade is a Border Collie. Keep moving. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2013, the American Heart Association believes that one should take 10,000 steps a day. Walking a mile roughly equals 2,000 steps. Are you walking or running 10,000 steps a day?


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