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Smart Negotiations

smarterpoohLove this quote —

If you can’t go around it, over it, or through it, you had better negotiate with it. Barbara Johnson

I’d say most of life fits this description of having to negotiate with it.

You have to give to get.
Or give up to get.
Or get started in order to give out.
Giving and getting go hand in hand.

Work.
Relationships.
Money.
Health.

Health, especially aging. You just can’t get around it, over it, through it, without negotiating with it.

So here’s four good tips from the good, old faithful Dr. Mercola on aging well.

4 Key Strategies to Ensure Healthy Aging
New research has found four key behaviors that lower your risk of disability, chronic disease and mental health problems as you age.

•Not smoking
•Moderate drinking
•Exercising regularly (at least 2.5 hours a week of moderate activity or 1 hour a week of vigorous activity)
•Eating vegetables and fruits daily

Now here’s what’s interesting. While each of these was moderately beneficial on its own, increasing the odds of “successful aging” by up to 50 percent, the best rewards came from following all of them simultaneously. Those who practiced all four of these tripled their chances of avoiding disability and disease over a 16-year period, and experienced good cognitive, mental, physical, respiratory, and cardiovascular functioning.

As the world’s smartest bear says, “don’t be afraid, don’t be weak, and don’t be silly,” aging is just another deal to negotiate with in life.

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