The Elusive Fountain Of Youth

April 3, 2019

We, at least most of us, desire longevity on our lifespans. We wish to live long, look and feel awesome while at it, you know, generally have the proverbial “spring in our steps” at whatever age we hit. However , longevity isn’t so much to celebrate when you can’t enjoy it with your loved ones on account of various limitations that hit our bodies with age. They usually  include, “I’m always in pain, my knees are shot , I can’t walk a meter without wheezing or gasping, my back won’t allow me to do that properly, the doctor warned me about my sugar levels and blood pressure”. Sound familiar?

 

Besides aiming for longevity , we should also be asking ourselves this: “how can I live my life , enjoy it to the maximum but still maintain a strong healthy body for my later years?”

 

The majority of the youth nowadays live by the mantra,” here for a good time ,not a long time.” But I always ask them , why not both? Why not be here for a long time and a good time? For you who is reading this, I want you to realize that you can have both , in fact turn to your neighbor and tell her/him that it’s possible to have both.

 

Which brings me to the concept of moderation. Most of us have a  lifestyle (food, practices, habits)  we indulge in that is not necessarily healthy or adding value to our bodies physically. This lifestyle only serves to make us happy but has no particular benefits, rather , when and if indulged in excessively, derails our physical health. Foods in this category include alcohol ,added sugars, processed and packed snacks, highly refined products like flour. Habits include ; staying up all night every night , lack of physical activity, never seeking medical advice and so many more.

On the other hand , there is a lifestyle that promotes our physical health i.e. eating whole fresh natural foods, going for regular exercises, mediating, being physically active , having adequate sleep , body positivity etc. To be honest , in my time talking to various individuals , most of them think this second lifestyle is not only boring but also time consuming. They just don’t have the time for that kind of thing.

 

I’m here to preach this , that at whatever point you are in your life, if you can find a balance between your indulgences and a healthy lifestyle , if you can choose moderation over -indulgence , then the fountain of youth might not be elusive after all. Look at these two scenarios and judge accordingly:

Scenario one: it’s Friday , I spent all day at work, barely had time to eat anything all day , I’m looking forward to the end of the day so I can finally eat. At the end of the work day , I went out with friends, drank beer all night , at around midnight I passed by a fast food restaurant and bought food , accompanied it with some soda or packed juice. Went to sleep, in the morning, I went out and bought chapatti and samosas to take with my tea. It’s Saturday, so I don’t want to move out of the house so I order more fast food online and the day ends with me on the couch eating junk.

Scenario two: it’s Friday, I know it’s going to be a busy day, so I grab  some fruits for work just in case I have no time for food. I pack an apple , two bananas and a smoothie. At the end of the day, I meet up with friends, take a beer or two at most with grilled chicken and a vegetable salad. I leave for home at around 10pm, set an alarm for Saturday’s workout. Saturday morning I have a smoothie for breakfast, workout out for 15-30 mins. I make myself some fries at home and accompany them with guacamole and coleslaw dressing. I make sure to drink lots of water all day.

 

So of the above two days, if your Friday is like the first one year in, year out , you will eventually develop negative health risks while if you do the second, enjoying in moderation, you’ll find that at 60 years of age , you can still enjoy these things without so much fear of your heart and body giving out unexpectedly.

 

 

In conclusion, the  fountain of youth isn’t some magical elixir that will suspend your youth and beauty in time forever, realistically, it is your habits and lifestyle as a whole, it is you being more  conscious of your health sooner rather than later, it’s you starting now to adjust where necessary and most of all find a way of living a moderate life, a life where there’s balance between your indulgences and what is actually healthy.

 

So start today. We, at least most of us, desire longevity on our lifespans. We wish to live long, look and feel awesome while at it, you know, generally have the proverbial “spring in our steps” at whatever age we hit. However , longevity isn’t so much to celebrate when you can’t enjoy it with your loved ones on account of various limitations that hit our bodies with age. They usually include, “I’m always in pain, my knees are shot , I can’t walk a meter without wheezing or gasping, my back won’t allow me to do that properly, the doctor warned me about my sugar levels and blood pressure”. Sound familiar? Besides aiming for longevity , we should also be asking ourselves this: “how can I live my life , enjoy it to the maximum but still maintain a strong healthy body for my later years?” The majority of the youth nowadays live by the mantra,” here for a good time ,not a long time.” But I always ask them , why not both? Why not be here for a long time and a good time? For you who is reading this, I want you to realize that you can have both , in fact turn to your neighbor and tell her/him that it’s possible to have both. Which brings me to the concept of moderation. Most of us have a lifestyle (food, practices, habits) we indulge in that is not necessarily healthy or adding value to our bodies physically. This lifestyle only serves to make us happy but has no particular benefits, rather , when and if indulged in excessively, derails our physical health. Foods in this category include alcohol ,added sugars, processed and packed snacks, highly refined products like flour. Habits include ; staying up all night every night , lack of physical activity, never seeking medical advice and so many more. On the other hand , there is a lifestyle that promotes our physical health i.e. eating whole fresh natural foods, going for regular exercises, mediating, being physically active , having adequate sleep , body positivity etc. To be honest , in my time talking to various individuals , most of them think this second lifestyle is not only boring but also time consuming. They just don’t have the time for that kind of thing.I’m here to preach this , that at whatever point you are in your life, if you can find a balance between your indulgences and a healthy lifestyle , if you can choose moderation over -indulgence , then the fountain of youth might not be elusive after all.

 

Look at these two scenarios and judge accordingly:Scenario one: it’s Friday , I spent all day at work, barely had time to eat anything all day , I’m looking forward to the end of the day so I can finally eat. At the end of the work day , I went out with friends, drank beer all night , at around midnight I passed by a fast food restaurant and bought food , accompanied it with some soda or packed juice. Went to sleep, in the morning, I went out and bought chapatti and samosas to take with my tea. It’s Saturday, so I don’t want to move out of the house so I order more fast food online and the day ends with me on the couch eating junk. Scenario two: it’s Friday, I know it’s going to be a busy day, so I grab some fruits for work just in case I have no time for food. I pack an apple , two bananas and a smoothie. At the end of the day, I meet up with friends, take a beer or two at most with grilled chicken and a vegetable salad. I leave for home at around 10pm, set an alarm for Saturday’s workout. Saturday morning I have a smoothie for breakfast, workout out for 15-30 mins. I make myself some fries at home and accompany them with guacamole and coleslaw dressing. I make sure to drink lots of water all day. So of the above two days, if your Friday is like the first one year in, year out , you will eventually develop negative health risks while if you do the second, enjoying in moderation, you’ll find that at 60 years of age , you can still enjoy these things without so much fear of your heart and body giving out unexpectedly. In conclusion, the fountain of youth isn’t some magical elixir that will suspend your youth and beauty in time forever, realistically, it is your habits and lifestyle as a whole, it is you being more conscious of your health sooner rather than later, it’s you starting now to adjust where necessary and most of all find a way of living a moderate life, a life where there’s balance between your indulgences and what is actually healthy.

 

So start today.

 

Atamba Lakeli

Nursing officer

Fitness Trainer & Nutritionist.

@alt_lifestyle_health_fitness

www.altlifestylecoach.com 

 

 

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