“It Has Nothing to Do with Age” is a book about individuals who push themselves to physical extremes and who believe they have defied the aging process. If you are at least 30, 40, 50 years of age, join them in such sports as: theTevis Cup, the Dipsea, the Western States 100, the 100 mile ride and tie, the Hawaiian Ironman, the Molokai to Oahu Outrigger canoe race, and national and international rowing.
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.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Pursuit of Happiness Part 2
The Pursuit of Happiness Part 2
This is my take. I have learned over the years some things.
In my opinion,” happiness” changes somewhat like the weather. It is here one
moment, then gone the next. Happy (in the dictionary) is defined as indicative
of pleasure, content or gladness: a happy mood. Delighted, or pleased, or glad
as over a particular thing: to be happy to see a person. So happiness is the quality
or state of being happy, good fortune, pleasure, content or gladness. Synonyms
for happiness include bliss, blessedness contentedness (an active or passive
state of pleasure or pleasurable satisfaction).
What I believe to be
more stable and more lasting than a happy mood/ feelings is” well-being” (one’s
mental and physical health). I prefer employing terms like “wellness, or
well-being” instead. I also think that when you have wellness, or well-being,
one pretty much has it all.
Optimum mental health
is related to how it what we think long with our behavior (things we do). That means in order to experience and live
mentally healthy, the individual has to deal effectively with his many
irrational or self-defeating ideas; be able to understand his defense
mechanisms; and resolve various psychological life issues in order to reach the
stage of ego integrity ( i.e. emotional integration, generosity, accepting ones
life and death).
I also believe that getting inspired, finding meaning (purpose),
spirituality, laughing, appreciating , and bonding (having that significant
relationship not only with a spouse, but with others as well) contribute to the
equation of good mental health.
And, physical health has a lot to do with psychological health; maintaining proper nutrition,
along with some form of exercise. And we know that there’s interplay between
our brain and our body. If we are making good choices/decisions through
movement or exercise, we are likely going to improve many things that includes
but not limited to: heart health, immune system functioning, reducing high
blood pressure, improving short-term memory, reducing risk of various cancers,
help relieving various stresses, improving blood circulation, including better
brain functioning, elevating mood, reducing depression and improving overall
quality of life.
For your information, Professor Victor Strecher, a professor
at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in his book “On Purpose”
wrote about the elderly. Dr. Strecher concluded per research that the elderly
live longer when he has a sense of purpose in his life. Having a sense of
purpose means that the individual is looking toward the future. Further, the
importance of living or dying was the result of having something to look
forward to (a future) and was illustrated by Dr. Viktor Frankl, in his book
“Man’s Search for Meaning.” Dr. Frankel, a psychiatrist, wrote about his
experience in Auschwitz during World War II. Without a purpose or meaning one
dies more quickly.
In my book “It Has Nothing to Do with Age” I prescribed
seven principles to lengthen your life span. These seven principles can create
a healthier lifestyle. 1. Get inspired. It’s okay to begin a new activity by
taking baby steps. Physical activity can help in improving physical fitness,
losing weight, reducing anxiety and minimizing depression. 2. Finding meaning
in an activity outside of family, career or raising kids; it can build
self-esteem. 3. Enrich your emotional life by making physical contact, having
friends, sharing interests, and learning about others, by becoming part of a
new group. 4. Realize that there’s more to life than the accumulation of
material things; having the biggest toy does not result in happiness. 5.
Participate in outdoor activities to help nurture, spirituality. 6. For a way
to escape, read about other people’s adventures. 7. Find inspiration and
motivation through the illuminating profiles of eight remarkable senior
athletes found within this book.
Make sure you find your own “happiness” or “well-being.”