When asked how long they wanted to live...
For years I would ask patients in my office "How long do they want to live?" to get an idea of their own longevity. Astoundingly, most people said a number in the late 60s or early 70s - MUCH shorter than the national average of 78.69 years in America.
Why on Earth would that be? What would be put into their own heads to make them WANT to have a shorter life than the national average?
It came down the a very common answer: these people saw how their parents lived the last years of their lives, and how they died. AND THEY DID NOT WANT THAT. These people watched loved ones have the spark of life grow ever dimmer in the 'golden years', have less mobility, less laughs, less LIFE. And the patients wanted none of that. The patients didn't want to go out like their loved ones and sure as heck didn't want to be the burden on others. They saw the health of their loved ones decrease and then the living of these same people come to a ever increasing halt.
When asked if they were interested in becoming healthier, and therefore HAVE more life, INCREASE longevity, and ENJOY MORE of life, the surprising answer was an underwhelming 'sure'. It had become SO ingrained into these patients that they were destined to have miserable senior years.
This is the KEY. If you are one of those who have lived through the pain of watching your loved ones decline, and you want to DO something about it - it is MANDATORY that you take control of your health the way you were meant to. There are a number of podcasts, youtube videos, on-line courses, local experts, and even SYMPOSIUMS to help you get there.
NOW is the time to GET BUSY and take control of the trajectory of your health. THIS is not hard. You were born with a blue print for YOUR best health and it is time to dust it off, re-read it and get very familiar with it. Now is the time to EXPECT LONGEVITY.