Live to Be 100!

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by Eric Sorbo

The newspapers and TV stations are full of bad news. The economy is in the tank, gas prices are still high, crime is on the rise and home sales are flat. With all this bad news, what is there to be optimistic about in 2012?

The answer is simple… YOU

You can’t change the world economy, gas prices or other people’s behavior, but you can change YOU.

Whether you like it or not, you may actually live to be 100 years old. Think about that for a moment. If you are 95 years old, it’s not too far off. If you are 25, however, that thought can be pretty daunting. The great news is, whether you are 95 or 25, you can begin NOW to change your life for the better so you can enjoy the rest of your 80, 90 or 100 years of life!

Dr. Eric Plasker discusses the three rules of effective change in his book The 100 Year Lifestyle: 1. Change is easy, thinking about change is hard. 2. Change happens one choice at a time, think progress, not perfection. 3. Approach change with your ideal 100 year lifestyle in mind.

There are four simple changes you can make that will have a lasting effect on your quantity and quality of life.

  1. Nutrition Some simple rules for nutritional improvement include:

    • Eating more colored foods — not brown, white or tan, but green, yellow, red, orange, purple and blue.
    • Eating fewer “foods” from boxes and plastic packaging. If it has a label, it’s not really food.
    • Taking supplements – four of them specifically o Fish Oil – 3000mg EPA+DHA/day o Vitamin D3 – 5000iu/day during the winter months o Whole-food, organic multivitamin o Probiotic digestive support (not from flavored yogurt) Supplements are designed to “supplement” your healthy eating plan. If your supplement regimen is the bulk of your food intake for the day (more than the four listed above) you are probably taking too many. Don’t worry about spacing your supplements out; take them all at once so you don’t forget.
  2. Endurance You don’t have to train for a marathon to improve your endurance. It literally starts with a commitment to take more steps today than you did yesterday. Walking, hiking, biking, running, jumping rope and dancing can all improve your endurance. Move more and sit less – it’s as simple as that.

  3. Strength If you are uncomfortable going to the gym to lift weights, find yourself a set of resistance bands or weights and work out at home. When you tone and build your muscles you burn more calories, making weight loss goals easier to reach than by simply cutting calories. Focus on four body regions: arms, legs, chest and back, and core.

  4. Structure Nutrition, endurance and strength cannot be optimized without structure. The spine and nervous system are by far the most important systems of the body. Lifting weights and performing cardiovascular exercises without a stable spine would be like building a house on the beach. When the foundation is unstable, the house cannot stand.

Chiropractic care and the 100 Year Lifestyle are designed to help rehabilitate your structure, guide you on the path of improving your nutrition, endurance and strength, and help you live a happy, healthy quality of life for 80, 90 or 100 years and beyond!

Erik Sorbo, DC has been in a private chiropractic practice with his wife, Patricia Sorbo, DC, DICCP for over 6 years. Their office, Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic in Greeley, is a 100 Year Lifestyle affiliate office. or call 970-356-5255.