Those who know me well know that I am, as I strive to live well and keep my health for various reasons, a huge fan of the work of Ken Cooper and the Cooper Institute. I am convinced that a great portion of the solution to our problems with medical care, and the cost thereof, lies on our plates and in our schedules.
But that said, those who have read Cooper's Aerobics books, or have interacted otherwise with his guidance, ought not be able to help noticing something very important; those who do the best on his programs are those who make the whole thing a community. In Cooper's own family, his wife started on his journey to health when....her husband put the kids in the stroller and slowed down to jog with her.
And that is, in a nutshell, what we see in the lives of people who more or less "forget to die" until they get past a century, especially in places like Okinawa or Ikaria (Greece). When one sorts out the variables, meaningful work and social time is more important than diet and exercise.
Want great health? Maybe sit down with a friend over a glass of wine and some snacks for a while, or head out to the garden. It'll do you good.
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