I recently attended the Functional Aging Summit in Phoenix Arizona. Nearly 200 of the top professionals from around the world gathered to discuss training, nutrition, and psychology around helping transform the quality of life for baby boomers and beyond.
One of the presenters shared a very short video that had me smiling and crying at the same time; I am not sure if I have ever experienced that before.
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Why did I have tears in my eyes? I saw a woman who was 78 experiencing EXTREME joy and LIFE. It showed a woman laughing like a child, and being 100% present in the moment. This is what I want to be like in 40 plus years… Are you fully living? Do you have daily joy and laughter in your life? I know I could certainly have more.
My goal as I age is to THRIVE rather than just SURVIVE.
Presenter after presenter shared sobering statistics of the extreme lack of health and over medication in those over the age of 50 in America today. Chronic pain and other diseases are the norm instead of the minority. It broke my heart. The health care system is so broken (you already knew that) and focuses over 90% on treatment of symptoms rather than prevention in the first place.
A phrase that was repeated over and over again to us was the wave of the future is “Upstream Preventative Healthcare.” What we have been doing is only going to make things worse, we need to be PROACTIVE instead of REACTIVE. You and I don’t have another day to waste. We NEED to start TODAY to move more, sit less, eat more natural foods, and reduce the processed crap. Only then can we begin to fully THRIVE instead of SURVIVE.