YOU CAN SLOW DOWN THE AGING PROCESS AND LIVE LONGER
There is much a coach can do to slow the aging process and live a longer, healthier life, regardless of the stressful nature of the profession. Researchers who compared the life span of 21,000 same-sex identical twins who were raised together with those separated at birth found that genetics account for only one-third of the differences in life expectancy. What are the other two-thirds? After eliminating factors over which you have no control (accidental death, radiation exposure, and everything in between), lifestyle has the single greatest influence on longevity and the risk of age-related deaths from heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and most cancers.
Many studies have clearly shown that those who practice good health habits live longer and have more life while they live. University of California researchers tracked the health habits of 7,000 adults over two decades and concluded that a 45-year old man with less than four harmful health habits can expect to live 11 years longer than someone with six or more harmful habits. It is estimated that the average life span of 77 year old men and women could increase by 10-20 years if good health habits were followed.
Each year, more people quit smoking, lose unwanted body fat and weight, exercise regularly (aerobic and strength training), eat more nutritiously, and seek medical attention and regular preventive check-ups to identify and control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, and other ailments.
Thanks to a combination of better medical care and changes in health habits, life span will continue to rise. The more good health habits you adopt and the sooner you adopt them, the longer you will live. The extra years are also likely to be productive and disability free for over 80 percent of individuals 65 years of age and older. You may even become one of the growing number of centenarians who remain independent and healthy past the magic age of 100.