Longevity and Discipline

Podcasts and newsletters from researchers on health and longevity comprise a substantial chunk of my weekly mind food. Everyone has a list, and I just saw one from Peter Diamandis. I endorse these seven disciplines and have followed them for years.

1. Beliefs. At one end of the spectrum are people who see 75 years old as the end. And at the other end are people who see aging as a disease, and who actively track breakthroughs in biotech that have the potential to slow or even reverse aging. Which are you?

2. Media Diet. The films, books, articles you consume have a deep, direct impact on how you think. Does your media diet reinforce the anti-longevity mindset? Or are you reading books like David Sinclair’s Lifespan, blogs like mine, and newsfeeds like Longevity Insider?

3. Community. The people we spend time with also shape our mindset. Do you spend time with people who constantly worry about death? Or do you hang with a younger, more vital crowd who surround you with optimism and a youthful vision of the future?

4. Sleep Habits. We physiologically need eight hours of sleep per night. Do you burn the candle at both ends? Or do you prioritize this most valuable resource, using the best techniques to help you?

5. Your Diet. You very literally are what you eat. The nutrients (or non-nutrients) you consume become your body, your mind, your spirit. Do you overindulge in good-tasting (sugar-rich) but destructive foods? Or do you craft a sensible diet and practice intermittent fasting to maximize your energy and longevity?

6. Exercise Habits. Exercise—especially that which increases muscle mass—is crucial to longevity. Do you exercise a minimum of three times a week—perhaps taking peptides to maximize growth hormones and increase muscle mass?

7. Mindset. Do you cultivate your Longevity Mindset? Do you see your future as bigger than your past?

My advice adds spiritual disciplines such as meditation, prayer. This added dimension boosts our mindset and attitudes helping to overcome negativity.

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