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Dearest Children of Mine,
Yesterday we covered the importance of choosing your friends wisely. Today, I'd like to share some advice with you that I heard all my life and only took me about 40 years to appreciate. I hope it won't take you quite so long!
The source of this advice is your very own Granddaddy, and you know well that not only did he talk the talk, he - literally and figuratively - walked the walk. My own advice to you is to take care of your body, and start right now. Granddaddy's advice is specific and practical, and it really is just this simple.
Eat rightFor Granddaddy, eating right had a lot to do with not "overloading the system", and that basically means don't eat too much. A good meal was a great pleasure to him, but afterward he would ease up on the intake until his digestive system had recovered. He was aware of how food made him feel, and adjusted accordingly.
Get enough restThis is a no brainer until you realize just how far and frequently we push our bodies into sleep deficit. When you are rested, you think more clearly, have more energy, and your mood is more steady. Know how much sleep you need, and then make sure you get it!
ExerciseGrowing up and working on a farm gave your Granddaddy plenty of exercise in his younger years. When he was in the Air Force, the calisthenics program played a big part in resolving chronic back pain. He took up jogging in his mid-life years (complete with 1970's jogging suits), and when jogging was no longer optimal, walking was his thing, even into his 90's.
When you live a long and healthy life of 93 years, you can claim authority on how you made it so far so well. Take your Granddaddy's word for it - "Eat right, get enough rest, and exercise" will keep you healthy and feeling great.
Next up: "Say This, Not That".
thanks for reading!