Lifestyle Medicine is a branch of evidence-based medicine in which comprehensive lifestyle changes (including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, social support and environmental exposures) are used to prevent, treat and reverse the progression of chronic diseases by addressing their underlying causes.
I know you’re tired of thinking about this subject, hearing about this subject and being frustrated by this subject. I know.
When we’re young, neither of these two things have the same meaning as they do when we’re older. We can all remember what it feels like to know that you can stretch, bend, climb, run, eat anything and be healthy. That’s because messing up these bodies takes time. Lots of time.
As the decades go by, the results of our prior dietary mistakes and exercise omissions start to gradually emerge. By the time we’re 50+ much of that has caught up with us, and is visible for all the world to see. I’ve always thought it singularly unfair that lying, stealing and other immoral acts don’t show on the outside of the person who commits those “sins” but eating too much ice cream does.
By the 60th decade, the falloff of muscle mass and the broadening of the body have settled in, for some irrevocably. Don’t despair. The difference between youth and old age is supposed to be accumulated wisdom. This is the decade a person needs to turn on the wisdom switch.
If a person on the street comes at you, do you want to be able to run away? Do you want to be an “elderly victim?” I don’t. That’s why I started denying myself the luxury of dietary slips and sleeping late and being a couch potato. That’s why I turned the switch to finally be a grownup. I know. It’s a sad, sad thing to admit the need to finally take responsibility for the condition of the only body you will ever have, but the alternative is unacceptable frailty and sickness.