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Anti-aging: It's a Choice

By: David Suzuki
Posted: October 27, 2010, from the November 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Practical real-life action items: I will work out with upper body weights two days per week; I will work out with lower body weights two days per week; and I will walk, jog or use the elliptical machine for 45 minutes, four days per week.

Affirmation: I will participate in activities that support my fitness goals.

Practical real-life action items: I will bike, hike and walk during nice weather; I will play recreational sports; I will climb the stairs rather than take the elevator; I will participate in yoga weekly; and I will vacation in places that support my fitness goals.

Life map

Life categories become the foundation of your life map. Once the life map is sketched out and realized, it is then used to turn your vision into reality. Everything that you do, every moment of every day, should have a relationship to your life map. For example, in the fitness example above, it states that you aspire to maintain good aerobic fitness and muscle tone. Your action items suggest that you will need to work out four times per week. You will also need to adhere to a specific diet plan. Each time you are out to dinner, at the grocery store or even selecting a restaurant to eat in or store to shop in, your self-vision must be considered. As you are filling in your social calendar, your self-vision again must be thought about; ask yourself, “Will I be home early enough to adequately rest for my 5 am workout?”

Although some may define this as obsessive, others understand that every choice that’s made, every moment of every day, will either take you closer to your vision or further away from it.

Anti-aging is a life category