Archive for February 21st, 2008

Guys, you know you want to…live as long as possible that is. From the moment we realize we’re not invincible (wait, you have realized you’re mortal, right? It usually happens around the age of 30), we start making attempts to extend our lives.

First we do all we can to stay young. We exercise. We get cool haircuts. We take sideways glances at GQ magazine in the bookstore, looking for ways to dress with style. Admit it, we let a little vanity slip in and we actually think that 50-ish guy in the Corvette convertible doesn’t look bad (except for the double chin and flabby ear lobes).

Next, we turn to late night infomercials and the Web to help us extend our lives. We admire Chuck Norris and his exercise contraption. We go online and search for the magic bullet of health.

There’s good news, my friends. A recent story in The New York Times focused on a study that shows how men can live past 90 and maintain good health along the way – versus simply relying on good genes and good luck.

Here are the five steps researchers found to help men live into our 90s:

  1. Abstain from smoking
  2. Maintain a healthy weight
  3. Control blood pressure
  4. Exercise regularly
  5. Avoid diabetes

Sounds rather easy, don’t you think? AND it makes perfect sense. If you smoke, are fat, have high blood pressure and don’t exercise, you’ll likely get diabetes. And if you get diabetes you’re going to face all kinds of chronic health conditions, which will ultimately kill you.

But if you kick the smoking habit, drop a few pounds, exercise, keep the blood pressure within a normal range, and exercise three days a week you’re going to fend off all kinds of diseases including diabetes, heart disease, various forms of cancer, and more.

We all want to live. But living long and living well are the keys to life people! The last thing I want is to be a 75-year-old, size 42 waist, oxygen dependent, insulin pumping, red-faced bag of bones.

The good news is that I’m already abiding by the five steps that will help me get to 90 and beyond.

Meet me in another 38 years for a game of checkers?



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