A powerful “machine” has brainwashed society about aging. Government, media, and the pharmaceutical industry feed us disinformation to keep us upset and to boost their profits. Now it’s time to fight back. That’s the message of author Marc Middleton in his provocative new book, “Growing Bolder: Defy the Cult of Youth, Live with Passion and Purpose.” The former TV journalist says it’s up to each of us to seize control of our health. Here are a few takeaways.
- Lifestyle trumps genes. People who are “very old” (around 100) and happy are active, don’t overeat and don’t smoke. “Everything we do today will influence the quality of life that we’ll lead in the future,” Middleton writes.
- Exercise is paramount — “the closest thing to an actual fountain of youth,” he says, calling physical movement “a basic biological need.”
- Most Americans don’t exercise and are overweight. Less than 17 percent over 65 are active enough. Inactivity leads to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and other health dangers.
- Exercise is better than medication. Too many would rather take prescriptions than work out – largely because the “machine” tells them to pop a pill instead of getting off the couch.
- The machine lies. One of the worst: “We’ll inevitably lose flexibility, muscle mass, bone density, and cardiovascular fitness as we age. Actually, in many cases, we can get faster, stronger and more flexible as we age. The deciding factor is regular vigorous exercise.”
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