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Practice Ikigai And Live A Long Life

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When we take a close look at Japan, we realize people generally live longer. And when we travel South to the island of Okinawa, the longevity figures rise even higher.

So what is it that they are doing different to live longer?

The question was put to this pop band… You will see why when you watch this video…

All of these band members are over 80 years old. And I truly believe they have the answer to longer life cycles. It is…

Ikigai

Ikigai stands for Sense Of Life.

This tells me that much of our ability to live longer is our mindset. It is believing that we can no matter our age or condition, and then “going for it!”

The women in KBG84 are not concerned as to what others think. They dance and sing and have Ikigai.

No matter how old, they do… they move… they have a sense of life.

And You Can Too!

Fitness and activity has been proven to fight off dementia. A study in the medical journal Neurology suggested that high stamina, compared with medium, can decrease dementia risk by 88%.

You know, Okinawa has many Centenarians that are healthy and fit.

Dr. Makoto Suzuki established a research group. The Okinawa Centenarian Study Group collects data on both the genes and lifestyles of aged Okinawans.

Some attribute the longevity to advances in medicine but I disagree. I attribute it to the mind and the Sense Of Life… Ikigai.

We Need To Learn From Our Elders

Less stress, more dancing, singing and physical activity.

And we cannot expect our elderly population to just retire and sit in an easy chair and wait to die. They need to be a part of society. And they can be, so let’s allow them to be.

I applaud companies who are hiring retired people so they can keep moving. And I ask that local areas look for ways they can allow elderly people to give their talents.

Volunteering at hospitals… Helping at child care centers… Participating in school activities.

These are all ways that the aged can help both the community and their own longevity.

So don’t discourage… ENCOURAGE them!

Let the live Ikigai.

And I also suggest we all try some of the food Okinawans eat regularly… There must be something to that too!

How The Okinawans Eat

Okinawans consume about 30 percent less sugar and 15 percent fewer grains than folks in the rest of Japan.

Their diets are heavy in yellow, orange and green vegetables. Meat is eaten in small quantities as is dairy products.

And most important of all… Along with Ikigai, the Okinawa natives practice Hara Hachi Bu. This is a practice we all should use. It is not eating until you are full. You eat until you are about 75% full. So they consume less calories and more nutrients than the majority of other humans.

Learn more about the Okinawan diet here.

Conclusion

You don’t have to move to Japan to live longer, but it will help if you learn how the Okinawans do it.

Ikigai and Hara Hachi Bu.

Practice them and live longer.

Do you have any questions or comments? Please leave them below. And now, as they would say in Okinawa…

お越し頂きありがとうございます

Okoshi itadaki arigatōgozaimasu

Thank you for visiting!

6 Healthy Lifestyle Choices That Can Help You Smile

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While there are some things not in our control, living healthy IS within the controllable circle. Everyday we make choices that can help or harm our overall health and well being.

I do believe that in some cases, we, as humans, are like a stray dog who sees something to eat on the other side of the road and dashes in front of a speeding car to get to the other side…

We are so focused on one objective that we do not consider the consequences of our methods to reach that objective.

Choices!!!

In this post, I am going to share 6 healthy lifestyle choices that will keep you from running out in front of a speeding vehicle but will still allow you to “cross the road.” Choices that will help you smile and enjoy your life.

#1 Healthy Lifestyle Choices: A Personalized Health Plan

Every person on this planet is different. One health and diet plan make work great for Jim but not for Joe. One exercise strategy may be fabulous for Annie but is actually dangerous for Susan.

We need to use a personalized, customized health, diet and exercise plan that considers many factors:

  • location
  • age
  • gender
  • activity level
  • height
  • weight
  • etc…

And the other fact is, not every person is able to design their own plan. We all have talents in various areas… While I would never cut it as a CPA, an accountant probably would not have the ability to lay out a complete weight loss plan for a person based on the above factors.

So do you need a plan? I can help!

Let’s get you set up with a customized plan… Just contact me by clicking here. You will have my phone, email or just simply fill out the form.

#2 Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Enjoy The Meal… Social

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Life has become like a speeding freight train for many people. Hurry, hurry, hurry… Eat that broccoli because we have to go!

Many families have veered away from the days when we sat down as a family and enjoyed a finely cooked meal.

It is time to find those days again!

When we enjoy the meal and the discussions at the dinner table, stress is lower and our health is better.

You CAN do it… Get your loved ones in on the “Let’s eat and talk together.”

#3 Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Positivity

My grammar checker tells me that isn’t a word… It is now… Positivity!

There is ample research that shows people who maintain a positive attitude no matter what they are surrounded by are healthier.

Make a conscious decision to stay positive. Stay clear of negative influences. Check your words and attitude at all times and you will smile and laugh more.

Positivity = Healthy lifestyle.

#4 Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Keep Moving

It has been the Tara Christopher tagline for quite some time… Keep On Movin!

It may seem like you do, but I bet you could find ways to get up, get out and move more.

I love technology but technology has also made non-movement easier. As a result, there is more obesity and health problems.

Instead of using the remote, get up and change the channel yourself. Tell your Alexa to put you in check when you ask her to turn on the lights…

Hi Mr Jones, this is Alexa; what can I do for you?”

Alexa, please turn on the kitchen light so I can get some cake.”

Mr Jones, please forgive me but NO! Do it yourself because you have to keep moving if you are going to eat chocolate cake.”

Now admit it, you are laughing aren’t you?

Keep On Movin!

#5 Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Drink More H2O

A high percentage of humans do not drink enough water. They instead reach for soda, coffee or other flavored drinks.

We need water and just because those other drinks have water in them, they don’t count. The sugar and other chemicals take away from the benefits the pure water give to your body.

My suggestion is, carry 2 bottles of water with you and make a choice to drink from them at regular intervals. Throughout the day, try to drink at least 6 of those bottles.

#6 Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Try Some Varieties

There are superfoods in every culture on this Earth.

I challenge you to try some fruits or vegetables you have never tried. Just do a search online on how to prepare or eat them.

  • Plantains
  • Guava
  • Long beans
  • Cherimoya
  • Pummelo
  • Karela
  • Etc…

Don’t know what any of these are? Google it!

We can get so many other nutrients for our bodies just by trying other superfoods.

Conclusion

Now I will say I could keep going and going but there is no sense in overwhelming you.

Start with these 6 healthy lifestyle choices and I will be back with more in a future post.

As a matter of fact, follow me on Facebook so you will know when the next post comes out.

And by all means, if you are ready to get healthy and need a coach, scroll up and click contact and I will help you!

Thanks for visiting and please share this with others. Let’s all get healthy together and Just Keep Movin!

Just Keep On Movin!!!

Happy Monday everyone!

I made this video with John some time back and I would like to share it with all of you.

Below the video is the transcript.

Hello, it’s Tara Christopher on the 90-day challenge and here I am with my friend John. Say hello John.

John:

“Hi, how you doing?”

Tara Christopher:

“Okay. I was going past because I’m doing a four-mile run tonight and look at these stairs that I found in my neighborhood that John is going up and down. So, John please tell everybody how many times you go up and down this staircase.”

John:

“It varies from day-to-day. I try to do it early in the morning, then I go out on the towpath and do about eight to ten miles on the towpath and then I come back here. You know, it depends. I’ll do twelve to fifteen round trips on the stairs. Sometimes, I’ll do seven or eight. It all depends on what kind of mood I’m in.”

Tara Christopher:

“Okay, that’s approximately 120 steps. So, remember you don’t have to just go to a gym. Get clever, look for things like this around your town and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Just remember, just keep on movin.”