(This post is for family and close friends—my trolls will find it distressing.)
As I believe you know, I’m engaged in a longevity program: I have a plan to live until I’m 120. After a recent medical consult, I received a perfect score on my biometrics. (Not to say that my body is not having problems with “rust,” osteoarthritis, and the other things that bother us as we get older.)
I want to communicate that it is worthwhile to engage in those pursuits that we know clearly do impact health, fitness, and longevity. They’re not a mystery and, in this case, we can really say that the science is settled. 😊
We all know that we should eat right and avoid sugar and other crap. We all know that we should avoid alcohol and drugs and so forth—and I do.
We know that exercise—cardio, fitness, weight training and isometrics for muscle mass—is the miracle drug for health, fitness, and longevity.
And we know that if we do have a medical problem, we should get it checked out and fixed, taking cholesterol-lowering drugs or doing whatever else we discover we need to do. If we do these things, there’s a chance that we can add 10%, 20%, 30%, or even more to our lives.
Perhaps the most critical factors related to living long and well are philosophy and psychology. Holding a life-serving, life-loving philosophy is indispensable—a sine qua non—as is possessing a positive, life-serving psychology. Having purposes and setting goals that extend into the future is likely to keep us living longer.
I’m writing this because we’ve lost too many close friends already.
I want my friends and family to live a long and healthy life.
Carl B. Barney
October 15, 2022
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Love you brother.
Great post Carl. Thanks. I also find Sleep Quality to be fundamental as well. I’d love to hear how you manage your sleep, assuming you agree.
Good day for this post. Happy 89th birthday Leonard Peikoff!