We have had a lot of power outages in my little town as of late due to new upgrades in the hydro system, which means I have been steady running around the house fixing the time on all the clocks.
Along with having my 31st birthday this month and all the blinking clocks, I got to thinking how fast time continues to tick away.
Despite all the medical advances available today, the most effective and the most practical advice for us dads to live a long and healthy life can be found in the fathers who came before us.
Here are The Top 20 time-tested healthy habits to living longer that have survived for centuries to give us the best chance to be around as great fathers and great-grandfathers…
1. Eat mostly plants. Have meat as a side dish instead of the main dish.
2. Put family first. Time with family is priceless
3. Take a walk. Our legs are meant to move us, so move.
4. Drink a glass of red wine daily. It’s been a practice for centuries; it must be good.
5. Reduce and manage stress. Stress kills, so avoid it or deal with it.
6. Have a purpose. Be excited when you wake up each morning.
7. Get outdoors. We came from nature; go back for a visit.
8. Be grateful. Appreciate what you got and you will get more.
9. Have fun. Do things that you enjoy.
10. Maintain a healthy body weight. Move more, eat less.
11. Get regular exercise. Push and pull heavy things.
12. Love and laugh. Preferably both at the same time.
13. Snack on nuts. The most nutrient dense food in the world.
14. Give something back. If you want to get, you have to give.
15. Eat a large breakfast. Your mother was right… again.
16. Eat a medium lunch. It’s a lunch break, not a lunch buffet.
17. Eat a small dinner. Enough eating already.
18. Drink plenty of water. It’s the basis of all living things.
19. Sleep when it’s dark. There is a reason why we can’t see in the dark.
20. Learn new things. You live, you learn.
If you guys have any other tips for getting the most birthdays I would love to hear them!
Now where’s that cake?
Image credit: Josh Cantrell
Sean Barker is a busy dad who finds time for family, fitness and fun. He likes pumping iron as well as producing it, as a heavy equipment
operator in the iron ore mines. He is ALSO a nationally certified personal trainer who writes for Fit Parent and Inside Fitness magazines and is the author of The Dad Fitness System at www.DadFitness.com. Sean also has a Dad Fitness Blog with tips, thoughts, and humor on being a fit dad at DadFitnessBlog.com.