If you plan on maximizing your chances for super longevity and dramatic youthfulness, you'll need to put in a little effort... but not as much as you may think.
For example, did you know staying fit is much easier than getting in shape? In other words, after some initial effort, you can slack off and maintain your health benefits.
How about diet? Slacking off here will set you back. But once again, you don't have to be a maniac. Falling off the wagon a couple of times a week won't kill you, but a steady diet of Twinkies might.
In that vein, Fight Aging offers a reminder that it's a good plan to put in the effort on basic health maintenance.
The human body needs to be taken care of in a variety of ways for best performance over the long term. Exercise regularly. Keep the weight off. Try to avoid stabbing yourself. It's a considerable disadvantage that in our formative years that sort of maintenance just happens as a natural consequence of being a child.
But we grow up. And surprise, surprise... the additional work that has to go into maintaining your health as an adult comes as an unexpected chore.
We don't hunt and gather anymore. And for the few of us who work on farms, automation does most of the work. So, many of us get successful, then get fat, and then suffer age-related conditions more frequently and sooner. Then on average... we die younger than we should. And did I mention how our quality of life suffers as well?
This isn't rocket science. Most people know what they are doing to themselves, even if they aren't up to speed on the details of the biochemistry involved. But the siren song of life in a time of wealth and plenty lures you in. Maybe medical science will save you from yourself... but don't count on it, at least for a good while.
So maintain yourself. You stand on the verge of a golden age in biotechnology, one that will offer unlimited healthy, youthful lifespans to those who claw their way over the threshold. Slacking on your health is turning your back on that future. That makes it harder for you to live long enough to benefit from rejuvenation biotechnologies that can be clearly envisaged today. Do you know what they are? Most don't. If everyone did, they would know what golden future is right around the corner. And that should keep most from shortening their lives with sloppy lifestyle habits that could kill them just before emerging life extending technologies could rescue them.
And remember, you don't have to be a fanatic. Have fun. Eat and exercise moderately today... and we'll see you in the future.
For a quick overview of these technologies, see chapters two and four in Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100?
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