You can’t predict the quantity of your life, but you can control the quality of your life
If you ask around, the average person will want to live as long as possible — but only if they can age gracefully versus being chronically ill or immobile in old age.
You can’t control your chronological clock, but you can control your biological one
We think of age in terms of lifespan, a number, a chronological age — the maximum number of years a person is alive. This isn’t something we can control, so it’s useless to stress over.
The aim is to die young, BUT as old as possible
While the number of years a person can live is important, we’re overlooking something critical — healthspan. Healthspan, your physiological age, is the number of healthy, functional years you live.
It’s important distinguish between chronological and physiological aging
Living to 81 doesn’t imply 81 quality years. Improving healthspan adds value to our lives, given the pervasiveness of chronic disease. Your healthspan defines your quality of life — a function of your lifestyle, eating and training habits. This we control, and we should stress over.
Take control of your healthspan
It turns out longevity is only 20% dependent on parental genetics. The balance 80% is dictated by how you live your life. This is good news because it means we all have a chance of leveling the playing field. Stay active. Diet matters. Reset your clock. Sleep hygiene is key. Maintain brain acuity, mental health. Eat less and dedicate time for recovery.
Think of fitness as a journey, not a vacation