08 Jul

Five steps to live longer

Yahoo! Health News has a very interesting article regarding Five Steps Help Men Live Longer

It only takes five heart-healthy lifestyle habits to significantly reduce heart disease risk in middle-aged and older men, a new study shows.Even men being treated for high blood pressure or high cholesterol showed a reduced risk of heart disease when they quit smoking, kept slim, exercised daily, drank only a moderate amount of alcohol and stuck to a healthy diet.

They make it sound so easy! The big problem is the “keep slim” part. They’re shooting for a BMI of 25. I’m nowhere in that neighborhood, obviously. But I’ve also never been close to that neighborhood. I can aspire to the other four. I have one down pat, since I don’t smoke, actually. And as I mentioned in my previous post, I don’t drink all that much. So I’ve gotta work on the healthy diet and daily exercise.

08 Jul

Good news and bad news…

There’s good news and bad news for those of us who are very overweight: We’re more likely to develop anxiety, but we’re less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol:

Obesity is associated with a 25 percent increase in the risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders and a 25 percent decrease in likeliness for substance abuse, according to a paper in the July issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Actually, I can believe the small picture of this study. I am definitely more prone to depression now than I was 50 pounds ago. But aside from an occasional desire to smoke a joint (which I haven’t done in a decade), drugs don’t tempt me, and I haven’t been drinking much at all.

07 Jul

Wellness hour

(Cross-posted to my LiveJournal)

I’ve been toying with the idea of trying to set aside one hour every day as a “wellness hour” (for lack of a better term). During this hour, I would:

  • Exercise, either walking on the treadmill or via DDR: Mario Mix
  • Journal
  • Meditate

Not necessarily in that order, of course, and spending more time on one activity or another on various nights, depending on how I feel. But these three activities would address the three areas of me: body, mind and spirit. And I need to spend time for all three.

The most important is definitely body. I need to exercise. This is getting to be critical. I’m way too heavy, and I’m not doing a consistent job of losing. Until I get into a good exercise routine, I’m not gonna lose weight. So I need to do whatever it takes to get myself moving.
Second most important is mind. I’ve been under a ton of stress, mostly due to work. And I haven’t done a good job of getting that stress out. I’ve actually been hiding from my journals, which means I’ve been hiding from my feelings. Spending time journalling forces me to face my feelings. Which helps relieve stress.

Spirit is more interesting. I’m a Daoist, and believe that it is possible to be in touch with Dao whenever and wherever. There’s no need to perform rituals or say prayers to get in touch with Dao. However, it is possible for every day life to become so distracting that I forget to listen to Dao. Meditation allows time to relax, unwind, get rid of the distractions. Medititation is a way to allow myself the time and the quiet to listen to Dao. and that’s always a good thing.

Right now, this is all hypothetical. It’s something that I’d like to do. Dunno if I will or not. I’ll post an update here soon.