By: Bill Clark | Senior Director, Ashar Group

Longevity Series - Blog #2 (2-minute read)

The Key to Living Longer

Experts agree that VO2 max and muscular strength are the keys to longevity. It’s never too late to get started, but the benefits can be greater if you start the right training program during your prime working years. The more I study the secrets of longevity, the more confused I become. I’ve come to realize that you have to look for common themes and then try something to see if it works for you. I’m age 74 and trying to turn back the clock physiologically and end up living longer and healthier. I’ve always been involved in athletic endeavors, but I realize now that what I have been doing is not enough.

Reference the Experts

For the time being, I’m an enthusiastic fan of Peter Attia, a medical doctor who wrote the book OUTLIVE- The Science and Art of Longevity. Some of his material is very in-depth, and there are some YouTube spots that are very short and informative. It’s not a bad place to start your journey to live longer and healthier by listening to this short conversation, VO₂ Max and Muscular Strength: The Keys to Longevity, from the  Tim Ferris show.  You could bury yourself in YouTube videos and podcasts by Peter Attia and other “experts” on longevity.

Why This is Important to Me

For me, this whole journey is going to take me longer than I thought, but it’s worth it. I just started this Longevity Insights blog series, and I’m not even sure where I’m going with it yet, so you’ll have to be patient with me. I know that my main objective is to help people at all stages in life find information that will make their lives better and more fulfilling. It’s meant to apply to people of all ages and physical abilities and to financial professionals, their clients, and centers of influence. My next post will be on “Why we fall as we age”. If you are age 50 or older, you better “step up” right now (no pun intended, as you will see in the next blog). If you are younger, it pays huge dividends to incorporate the right training into your schedule now. The key to living a long and healthy life starts when we are too busy working and raising a family to give it the attention it deserves. The cost may be too high for you to ignore it. Stay tuned.

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