Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Great Example of Aging Well

Here ia a post that likely won't excite hard core lifters or serious athletes. But, maybe it should. We will all get old someday, if we are lucky and tough enough. I find this video amazing. Dick Van Dyke is an entertainer that should need no introduction. I first remember him in the Dick Van Dyke show back in the late 50's early 60's. Of course it's doubtful that many grow up without seeing Mary Poppins at least a few times. recently he appeared in "Night at the Museum" among other things. He is now 89 years old. In this video he moves amazingly well and looks extremely well and fit for that age. He admits that he struggled with alcohol for a 25 year period earlier in his life, but whatever he is doing now, it must be working. What a great example of how moving and some humor can enhance one's life. More power to him.

Truth is, Van Dyke suffers from arthritis and has for over 50 years. He’s taken charge of his health by moving his body with projects and exercise that makes him happy. Here’s a taste of his suggestions for a healthier you:
◾Move and do the things you love.  Dick sings in a quartet at benefits and still dances from time to time.

◾Exercise daily.  To keep arthritis at bay, Dick does exercises that are easy on the joints, including swimming and bouncing on a mini trampoline.

◾Eat right.  Every day for breakfast, Dick eats a fiber-rich breakfast of Raisin Brain with additional raisins, topped with Wheat Bran and blueberries.  Blueberries are not only said to increase brain function but are like nature’s “little blue pill!” ◾Other foods he enjoys include salmon for its Omega 3 fatty acids and Brazil nuts, which are full of selenium and spices like ginger and turmeric.  All of these foods are also anti-inflammatories, which are great for anyone suffering from arthritis.
◾He stays away from refined carbs, sugary candy and fried foods that are full of saturated fat.
◾Keep young friends
“Dick shows that he still has his moves on the dance floor and talks about some of the keys to staying youthful,” he explains. “His message is one that’s so important as you get older. The goal is to live as long of a life as you can, but it’s about quality of life. I don’t care if, like Dick Van Dyke, you love to dance or if your passion is playing tennis or gardening, there are just so many ways to be active. Just because you can do everything without doing that much nowadays through technology doesn’t mean it’s the best thing for you or your health.”

The doctor points out that exercise is like a magic pill that we can control, in an extended article on “The Doctors’” healthy push. He stresses “In our country heart disease is the number one killer, but with a third of us obese and the prediction for type-2 diabetes set to skyrocket over the next 20 to 30 years, exercise is a potential saving grace for hundreds of thousands of people when it comes to preventing these things.”

Dick says, “I've always exercised, and of course I've always danced. I tell people my motives [for exercising] have changed. In my 30s, I exercised to look good; in my 50s, I exercised to stay fit; in my 70s, I exercised to stay ambulatory; and in my 80s, I exercise to avoid assisted living."

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