Natural Anti-Aging

Before you read on, ask yourself how you would characterize another kind of anti-aging. If you can’t quickly and easily describe the other kind including examples, just realize that this uncertainty will make you vulnerable to making some misguided choices for maximizing and extending your life. Then, read on, because this article will clear that up once and for all. It’s a very valuable distinction to have.

Before we talk about any kind of anti-aging, the ...

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Still Not Optional

That may seem like a fairly obvious statement to you, but that truth does not often find its way into practice for far too many of us in the second half of life. Even if it sounds like a principle you already embrace, I encourage you to read on; there is still something in this article for you.

During my years of health coaching I realized how many people over 50 who lay claim to being healthy believe that ...

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Age, Minus The Number

How do we make sense out of the observation that humans decline in the capacity for life-engagement faster and farther than what is ideal and possible given our state of knowledge on the subject. I’m on a mission to unravel this curiosity, and create ideas and environments that supports maximizing quality of life beyond 50. The goal of course is to provide that ultimate road map for maximum, not merely acceptable, “aliveness” for as long as our lives ...

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Which Longevity Did You Choose?

When the conversation is about health and how to improve it, we can inadvertently cheapen the concept of health if we don’t expect that one of the outcomes will also be longevity. But if our strategy for health—indeed our entire concept of it—consists mainly of engaging with the medical community, we have just turned our backs on the purest form of health there is, along with the most powerful path to quality longevity.

Barring some very specific ...

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Putting The “Whole” Back In Holistic

I constantly seek out information and discussions where the subject is having a more successful life. Setting aside the definition of “successful” for a moment, most of those discussions actually focus on either the perceived experience of life (a.k.a., mental, emotional, spiritual health), or the practical experience (physical health), but in both cases the unexpressed presumption is that if you fix one, you’ll fix the other. After all, can it be successful without both?

Among the “experts” on the ...

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Sage Street In 20 Seconds

I was asked the other day for the Sage Street “elevator pitch”. That’s a term that probably doesn’t get used much anymore, but I’ve always liked the concept: the ability to accurately articulate your purpose in 20 seconds or less. Going through the exercise of creating that speech really causes you to think about the essence of what you’re offering. When I was asked to describe what Sage Street is, I realized I had never gone through that ...

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You know How To Sing

There was a time in your life when you sang full-throated and loudly, with no self-consciousness or concern for whether you “knew how” or not. You may have only been 4 or 5, but it was still you. The only reason you now don’t sing, do it badly, or even think you can’t, is because someone in your past suggested to you that it was hard, rare, only for the talented, etc., and it caused you to think ...

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Aging Gracefully? Uh-uh.

Aging gracefully? What the hell is that, anyway? I’m sure it’s a phrase you’ve heard many times—often from so-called experts on aging, but just ask yourself what “aging gracefully” really means. I still don’t know. But I have to ask, “how does a phrase like that inform how a person thinks, acts, and chooses a lifestyle?” When I asked myself that question, I can’t come up with anything empowering on any level. The message I get from “aging ...

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Reinventing Age

And, by different, I mean better. That’s probably not something you hear often.

In this section I want to point out 2 attitudes that are destructive to the quality of life for those over 50: 1) those in that age group exaggerate the negative effects of aging (physical, cognitive, cultural, etc.) and 2) those in that age group ignore the distinct advantages (experience, wisdom, focus, empathy, etc.). Those are all just choices, and in changing them, we reinvent the ...

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A Big Picture, Not A Big Job

I often refer to ancient periods in our history to find cues as to how early humans thrived. We know they thrived because of the physical hardships they endured to continue the species to the next generation, which provided for us being here today. This is the basic premise upon which the popularized “primal” and “paleo” movements are based. I’m not going to align myself with either of those labels (though I largely support the work) because of the inevitable ...

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