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More Life and Vitality …as we age.

 

Taken 2-16-2017

I strolled into my 80th year  (09-15-2015) feeling as alive and vital as I have ever …in my entire life.

This was not a fluke, nor the luck of having good genes.  I researched it.   I made it happen.

After watching nearly everybody I knew (in their 70’s and 80’s) showing visible signs of decline, I decided: “I can do better”.

At 81, just finish the 5K walk on 11-24-2016
At 81, just finish the 5K walk on 11-24-2016

I noticed that some people in their 80’s were doing very well. What were they doing?   So I did some research and found that we do have control over the aging process …more control than we think. 

Lifestyle affects life expectancy more than genetics.

I’m thriving at 82 because I’ve developed a very healthy lifestyle and …I’m always fine-tuning.  It’s not work, it’s fun.  It’s not painful, it feels great!  And I want you to have this too!

So, I invite you to take some small steps to improve your own health and well being, simply by reading my monthly health bulletins and learning some useful tips for  your own health program.

See my interview with Australian web magazine OverSixty.  5 important questions about ageing

The Tips and Tricks for a Healthy, Happy Life

My big edge.  First, I need to acknowledge a huge advantage I

August, 2017

have.  She’s my personal coach, my yoga partner, my biggest fan, and my inspiration …Victoria.  I know I wouldn’t be nearly as successful without her.  I hope you’ve got a ‘Victoria’ in your corner to help you have a very long, productive life.

Details of our morning program.

We’ve learned that while we sleep, our mind goes to a kind of neutral place.  All the problems and upsets that have occupied during our day, leave during sleep.  But, if we don’t take positive steps first thing in the morning, our mind is likely to take up where it left off the previous day.

Several years ago we found a very positive recording we can play first thing in the morning to boost us into an exciting, positive day.  It’s about 10 minutes long, and you can hear it on YouTube  here.  We now make sure we start the day with this.  It’s a huge lift.

After the “morning launch”, I get out of bed, and stand in front of the bathroom mirror, smiling for about 10 seconds (explained here).  Then I go to the side of the bed where Victoria has been basking in our morning launch, take her hands, and lift her out for a good morning warm embrace. Feels wonderful …always.

Next, we go to our yoga mats for our 25 minute yoga ritual.  We don’t have a recording to show exactly what we do, but here’s a 15-Minute Gentle Yoga Sequence for Seniors. So easy to do (even if you’ve never done yoga), and so beneficial.

 

Next, it’s time to do our 15 minute guided meditation.  We purchased a CD some years ago, 4 meditations to choose from (here’s one for you to try).  This has been in our morning practice for more years than I can remember, and so beneficial.

taken 02/14/2016
taken 02/14/2016

Next, it’s time for our 35 minute exercise program.  Upper body/ abbs one day and lower body/ legs the next.  We had a professional (good friend) design this program for us some years ago.  After our exercise We take a fast paced 2 mile walk.

We’re about 2.5 hours into our morning that started at 5:00AM.  I’m ready to swish a tablespoon of warm coconut oil for about 20 minutes. Read the benefits here.

Next, I prepare breakfast, which for me is a high protein smoothie.  Besides the organic hemp protein (12g fiber, 11g protein), my smoothie contains 1 cup coconut beverage, 10 raw almonds (brown skin removed), one scoop (5g) of amla powder, 1 tbsp saigon cinnamon, 1 tbsp organic cacao powder, a dash of turmeric (with ground pepper) and 2 organic free range raw eggs, with frozen blueberries and strawberries.

Breakfast wouldn’t be complete without a full complement of vitamin supplements. (the case for taking vitamin supplements posted here)

Now we’re ready to take on the day, and it’s not even 8:00 AM.

 

Bio of Alice Louise Livingston Trafton (my mom)