Although the next best selling “How to” self improvement book is always right around the corner, the basics never change. The only change seems to be in the interpretation.

11 Proven Keys to Live Long and Age Well:

  1. Eating a balanced and nutritious diet
  2. Exercising regularly
  3. Getting adequate sleep
  4. Getting regular fresh air and sunlight
  5. Having social connections
  6. Being a lifelong learner
  7. Reducing Stress
  8. Working towards goals
  9. Being of service to others
  10. Maintaining a spiritual connection
  11. Having stimulating employment

As the saying goes, the “devil is in the details.” There is no lack of books defining a balanced and nutritious diet. Anyone with a sincere interest in improving their health need only go to their local bookstore. The problem comes with those details. Do you have a eating disorder, metabolic problem, thyroid issues, a need to lose weight, gain weight, an alcohol addiction, a need for probiotics, there is a book for your condition.

The list doesn’t seem all that long, just 11 key things to do, it is just so hard getting number 1 right. Maybe the goal should be to focus on getting numbers 2 through 11 right first. And for that pesky number 1 – everyone knows what foods are bad. Just don’t eat those.

Virginia Garberding RN

Certified in Gerontology and Restorative Nursing