Friday, June 3, 2011

Aging Gracefully and Letting Go

(Photo by Mary Ellen Mark/Trunk Archive)

Recent studies are shattering the myth that life span is predetermined by genetics. The latest bombshell: your morning run could be the fountain of youth. Justin Nyberg had a good article in the June 2011 Outside Magazine about the correlation between running and living longer. Turns out that endurance training might help you live longer, not just more enjoyably now. In addition, to live longer, add these 3 promising habits:
  1. Cut your calories - pretty much every study shows that reducing your caloric intake slows the aging process, even in obese mice.
  2. Boost your antioxidants - not only do they protect you in the present, they may help you function better later in life.
  3. Stay positive - optimists outlive pessimists, simple as that.
What better way to stay positive than with scenic views? End your week right by enjoying some or all of the following video (it's a long one...). Even if you have no interest in skateboarding, watching Kyle Chin longboarding his way down this undisclosed location is sure to put you in a relaxed, happy frame of mind heading into the weekend.


Have a great weekend all!

20 comments:

  1. I needed to hear that today!

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  2. Great video!! I watched the whole way through :D
    Amazing boarding. I would love to do that!

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  3. Totally agree! I am not going to LAY DOWN and just get old! Woohooo!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Ok, then, see you at the Senior Olympics 2050!

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  5. Skateboarding, for me, would undo all the life-extending benefits of the top three items! :)

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  6. What a positive post (PP)!

    Kovas from now on you will be known for you PP.

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  7. Is that you in the top photo? Or Korn? I can't tell, bad lighting.

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  8. That's definitely ChrisK; you can tell from the toga-like outfit. Also, he's a few years older than me so he looks older. More mature? More dignified?

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  9. Cool video, thanks!
    I totally agree with the aging thoughts.

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  10. I doubt the results of that study. Not a lot of obese mice running around, as far as I can see.

    I find it amusing that most guys in their mid-40's are just settling in to a life of non-exercise, growing beer belly and "old-manhood". I lived there in my 20's and 30's and am going the other direction.

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  11. I could be more positive, I should work on that. Sometimes I find myself being a Negative Nancy... Have a great weekend!

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  12. Welcome to my world. I seriously believe that my active lifestyle is investing into myself now so I can live a LONG time. My objective is to give you tons of crap for the next 40 years.

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  13. Only 40 years? Kind of disappointing but maybe you're planning on mellowing in your old age.

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  14. It's good to hear some positive news.

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  15. I'm fine with taking crap from Chris K for 40 years, the trick is to be here to take it.

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  16. Such a great video. It's amazing how something so dangerous can seem so peaceful. I had the chance to watch one of these competitions first-hand. It was at a secret location by my house, they had just finished paving a road up a mountain, but hadn't opened it up to cars yet. I was running up, and these longboarders were barreling down, spending half the time skidding, perpendicular to the road. It was an amazing site to see close up. There was some blood left on the roads that day...not sure if that's the best way to increase longevity, but the adrenaline rush must be huge.

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  17. I work with the aging and you're so right about attitude being an integral part of the package. If only it could help keep brains healthy too, but we have a burgeoning population of baby boomers who have healthy bodies but declining brains.

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