Professional golfer Phil Mickelson recently won the P.G.A. Championship at 50-years old, reportedly making him the oldest winner of a major golf tournament. I by no means consider 50 to be old, but in the world of professional sports 50 is apparently "old." Mickelson beat players half his age, so, of course, everyone wants to know: what is his secret?
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook and famous business executive, suddenly lost her husband back in 2015 after he slipped and fell off a treadmill in a hotel gym in Mexico. Reportedly, he suffered severe head trauma and blood loss. This is such a tragic incident and, of course, there are risks with anything we do (from driving a car to walking down the street), but exercise and movement are so important if you are considered high risk for having a cardiovascular event.
What strikes me most about this special cookie is that it contains five servings of fruits and vegetables. Five is the “magic number.” What I mean by this is that many reputable organizations, such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), state that five servings of fruits and veggies are the minimum amount of these foods in general a person should eat on a daily basis. (Keep in mind this is a general recommendation and may change depending on age, sex and level of physical activity).
Recent research has provided evidence suggesting that people who eat chili pepper may not only live longer but also have a reduced risk of death due to cardiovascular disease (which is one of the leading killers of American men and women) as well as cancer.
There is significant evidence that reducing the amount of calories we consume every day brings a host of health benefits. This includes a longer lifespan, reduced risk of developing certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes and conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Another side effect of restricting our caloric intake is a lower body temperature, which is nature’s way of helping us burn less energy until the amount of food we had been eating becomes available again.
Every year or so, it seems that popular culture updates the idea of the “new 40” to reflect our increasing longevity. For example, I remember when “50 is the new 40” was being touted. Today, we hear that “60 is the new 40.” I am sure that as our life expectancies continue to increase, we soon will hear about how “70 is the new 40.”
I know it may feel overwhelming to take on an extra activity right now, but doing so can be extremely beneficial to both your physical and mental health, especially if you are a boomer.
A recent study found evidence which showed that older adults with lower vitamin K levels were more likely to die within 13 years compared to older adults who had adequate vitamin K levels, according to one report discussing the study.
This news story from 2018 discusses a man by the name of Ronald Brockwell who was celebrating his 100th birthday at the time. Brockwell’s daughter attributed his longevity to golf.
In China, people have been drinking tea for thousands of years. And reportedly, Turkish people are the biggest tea drinkers in the world! And we all may want to follow suit.
Some people say that the best way to die is peacefully in your sleep. I agree, but not when you are as young as 60-years-old.
It’s human nature to look for ways to justify or rationalize behavior that, deep down inside, we know is not good for us. This is why you may hear people who smoke and drink too much talk about the person who smoked two packs and drank a fifth of bourbon a day and lived to a ripe, old age.
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