An old man, appearing to be in his early to mid-80’s, walked back and forth in the pool next to Biscayne Bay. Looking reasonably fit and quite tan, he looked good for his age. (When anyone tells me “You look good for your age” I appreciate the compliment but realize they still told me I look old.) This elderly man was putting the work in, having a regimen of swimming that he performs regularly. When told he looked good for his age, his responded with a hearty, “As long as I stay independent and free, I’m OK. Lose my independence and I want out of here ASAP.”
As we age, independence is a worthy goal and like any other accomplishment it requires putting the work in. I have met so many people who feel being healthy, including aging well, is a matter of luck and circumstances. While some good fortune is involved, it is more a result of three things: a healthy consciousness that attracts health, being an overcomer of life’s obstacles and defeats that arrive for all of us, and lastly, disciplined action. You don’t have to be a Navy SEAL to be healthy and independent but it requires some of the SEAL attitude.
The old man in the pool was doing a lot right. He was keeping his weight down without being obsessed about it. He was exercising regularly as daily movement tends to keep us moving more easily. And, he was experiencing one more bonus over the challenge that we face here in Western PA – regular doses of Vitamin D3. In this gentleman’s case his exposure came from the best source, the sun. Getting outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine is the way to supercharge your immune system. Exercise or moving regularly, quality of diet, and taking Vitamin D or getting it from the sun are ways to keep your unique nervous system working more efficiently. Patients who chose chiropractic check-ups to their spine and nervous systems seem to have a naturally expanded health consciousness. Kudos to them and you.