Last Easter Sunday, I Witnessed a Resurrection……..
It Made Me Think!
As a part of the baby boomer generation, today, more than at any other time I can remember in my life time, people are living longer and creating healthy lifestyle changes to prolong their lives. It is not uncommon for people today to live actively well beyond the age of 70 to 80 years. In my past, the elderly did not want to prolong their lives only to live those lives in the pain of a geriatric degenerative state. I heard my grandparents surrender with the statement, “Just let me die in my sleep.”
Today there is a dramatic change from this fatalist point of view. Today people feel empowered to take assertive action to protect their health and prolong their lives. What brought about this change?
Have you noticed the new technological advances in the medical fields and healthcare industries which have been able to, not only prolong life span, but simultaneously improve the quality of life by improving health and emotional well being? How exciting this is for those of us baby boomers that realize the potential of what this means to our future lives. Just think, if the medical industry is allowed to continue to develop medical advances which protect and save lives, all people could in fact live way beyond 100 years of age in a healthy state, physically, mentally, and emotionally!
This brings me to my story about the resurrection. You see, because I believe that I will live to see peoples lives extended way beyond 100 years through medical advancements, I have taken steps to increase my longevity and the likelihood of seeing such a fine future. I have started a regular exercise program at a local gym. I focus on my cardio as, (who cannot live without a heart), and I focus on core strengthening and flexibility in the weight room. After my workout, which I do at least three time a week; I enjoy the reward of a soak in a hot Jacuzzi.
Last Sunday, as I relaxed in the hot whirling pool, I suddenly hear a woman crying out, “Help Me! Help Me Get Him Out!” I look in her direction and see this woman frantically struggling to pull the limp form of a young man, probably in his thirties or early forties, out of the swimming pool. He was purple, with no pulse, and had been lying at the bottom of the pool. Fortunately for this young man, someone was there that knew CPR and they were able to revive him. It made me think, what are some safeguards people can put in place to ensure they are ready for a vigorous exercise program? Here are my suggestions:
1. If you have not worked out in a long time, regardless of your age, consider some of these suggestions before you begin your health and exercise program:
a. Schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Physician and have an EKG and stress test performed to determine your cardio strength and endurance.
b. If you do not have health insurance then go for daily walks, slowly increasing your distance, to help you determine what your cardio tolerance levels are.
c. If you go to the gym, take a friend with you so that you have a buddy system in place just in case either of you need medical assistance; plus it is always fun to have someone to work out with.
In closing, I celebrate with you our bright new future and the possibilities that complete health and wellness bring to us. Let’s take charge and live every moment with the precious understanding of just how beautiful living and loving life can be.
Keep Living the Undefeated Life