Your looks will go; concentrate on your brain.” – Eunice Shriver, Founder of Special Olympics.
The key here is that we can’t wait until we are in the midst of symptoms to prevent big things. Little lifestyle changes make a big difference, but the difference doesn’t take effect immediately. We must continue taking baby steps.
Dan Buettner, author of the Blue Zones, has done some amazing research about the areas of the world where people live the longest (and their secrets). In FABUFIT, we have actually done an eight week course on this research and his findings, finding ways to implement these jewels from the oldest of the old.
Just recently I saw information he gave on Keeping Alzheimer’s at Bay. He shared that although women seem to live longer than men, women also seem to have a much higher incidence of developing Alzheimer’s. The good news is that Alzheimer’s seems preventable.
“Ninety percent of us can avoid getting Alzheimer’s.”
– Dean Sherzai, MD, PhD
Buettner’s combined interview with Maria Shriver and other research gives us some excellent preventative tips. Those of you who have been training with us for long life via Team Fabulous will be very familiar with most of these tips. You will also remember our eight week study of Dr. Caroline Leaf’s material on our brain health and how tremendously much it is influenced by our choice of thoughts and activities.
Dr. leaf’s Amazing work has given us such hope in realizing most diseases, even Alzheimer’s can be prevented. (I highly recommend each of Dr. Leaf’s books.)
1. Move more and more often. Think about anyway you can add more movement into you life. Even if it is just walking, it is a preventative measure. My favorite is ballroom dancing. It engages the muscles and the brain. Learning new steps and new patterns keeps the brain on its toes.
2. Sleep more! Fabufit, remember our twenty-five peaceful minutes and how much more valuable a minute of sleep beforemidnight is.
3. Eat more veggies, plant food, less meat. drink more water. Fabufit, remember how we found that most all
of those older than old studied in the Blue Zones kept
4. Keep learning. Keep your brain engaged.
5. Decrease your stress level. Prioritize yourself into the scheme of your busy life.
7. THIS IS MY FAVORITE NEW PEARL: Find one new HAPPY friend this month. Adding one happy friend to your network will increase your happiness by 15%.
8. Get down to one TV screen in your home. Average people watch 5 hours of television a day. The happies people watch only one or less.
WHAT ARE THE ODDS? – Nearly one in three people make it to their 90s on the small rocky island of Ikaria in Greece. There, they have about 20 percent lower rates of cancer, 50 percent lower rates of heart disease than the U.S. and almost no dementia.