April 6th, 2011 by Rachel Krider

What’s The Secret To Living A Good Life?

Keep's The Doctor Away

Keep's The Doctor Away

By Rachel Oliver, Polaris Global

I was down the street today with Shane (Shane Krider, CEO Polaris Global) and we bumped into the most delightful old lady. Throughout our conversation we discovered that she was 90 years old. I tell ya, I nearly feel off the couch I was perched on when I learned how old she was. She didn’t look a day over 70. Sharp as a whip, able to get around with the grace of a fit 50 year old, playing golf every day. Just remarkable.

It got me thinking about the choices one can make throughout their life in order to live a “good healthy life”. Now I’ve done my far share of partying and living “the good life”, but to continue living “the good life” for too long would certainly take a toll on ones quality of life down the track. (It’s important to note that “the good life” is not in essence living “a good life”).

There would be some basic fundamentals that one can choose to do in order to set themselves up to live a long healthy life. The obvious things that come to mind to me would be a healthy balanced diet & daily exercise. Even if you can only fit in a quick 15 minute walk, it would be better than doing nothing at all. Soon that 15 minute walk would turn into an hour at the gym.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” – we’ve all heard this. What if it were actually true? Do you eat your apple every day?

What do you feel are the most significant things which contribute to a person living a long healthy life?

36 Responses to “What’s The Secret To Living A Good Life?”

  1. Leanne Oshea says:

    Great discussion Rach… I am loving the word ‘humble’ at present and practising the essence of the word in every area of life.

    Personal growth and knowing the power of our thoughts is important for me to live a long healthy life.

    As l wriote this, it got me thinking that when in a state of positive mindset this then is duplicated through our lifestyle choices (diet, exercise, connection, balance, success, relaxation, adventure…… wow l could go on and on!

    Thanks for continuing to inspire and motivate! x

    Ps, time to go and eat that apple 🙂

  2. Wendy Clarricoats says:

    I think the other things that contribute to a long healthy life would be laughter and a sense of purpose. We all need a sense of purpose in order to keep going, a reason to keep going. Our purpose is what drives us.
    And laughter speaks for itself. It certainly outweighs misery.

  3. Debbie Ruston says:

    Such a great story Rach, and I have found that sometimes, we just don’t “get this” when we are in our younger years….sometimes we just take for granted our good health. I have been going to the gym, 5 days/wk, for the last 2 yrs and I have never felt more healthy in my life! As I approached 50 I sort of woke up and realized I had better take care of my “vehicle” (my body) that transports me around! Not sure why I didn’t prioritize that earlier, but, I made a commitment to myself that the next 50 years were going to be my best and that I would not grow “old” in mind or start letting the aches and pains of aging rule my life. I can honestly say I feel better, I am stronger and more energetic than I was in my 20’s! Yeeha! Here’s to the next fabulous 50 years! 🙂

  4. Rachel Oliver says:

    I LOVE IT DEB! And you look fabulous to boot!

  5. Tracey Dutton says:

    ATTITUDE!!! Feed your mind and body with goodness.

    I love the Jim Rohn quote, “Look after your body it’s the only place you have to live”.

  6. Valarie Filevski says:

    This is such a great topic, I was brought up to eat healthy and continue to grow with my understanding what is a healthy life. I guess you could eat an apple a day and go for a walk but there is one other thing that is equally important and one that I didn’t realise until just over 10 years ago and that is a healthy mind. I truly believe that all three are as equally important to achieving a much better quality of life as we get older.

  7. Rachel Oliver says:

    What a great perspective Wendy. It takes many less muscles to laugh than it does to frown….funny that! :o)

  8. Deb Mair says:

    Great share Rachel!! ~ “Attitude, attitude, attitude”! We have heard it said – “what we think about we become”…so true in our lives! Our “passion and energy” for life are reflected from the inside out! An apple a day works too – it’s the positive, healthy habits including love and laughter that keep us “young” at heart!! 🙂

  9. Rachel Oliver says:

    another great perspective, thanks Leanne. To be humble. What an endearing quality. What’s the opposite of humble? Boastful comes to mind. Not very attractive at all. We can all think of the times when we have encountered the boastful, egotistical character. Ahhhh…to be humble. We all deserve to make a note to be more humble. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. Narelle Davis says:

    Smile many times daily, set goals and work towards acheiving them, love life daily, have love and compassion for others, eat a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly 🙂 Did I say smile – lots!

  11. John Crabtree says:

    Attitude!

    My recipe for a healthy life is having the right attitude. I have found that when ‘pools of negativity’ swim around in my head, my body reacts accordingly. I feel ill, tired and drained when my mind occupies negative thoughts. If your thoughts are positive, uplifting, engaged and strong then your body, once again, reacts accordingly.

    Case in point I broke my arm recently during a soccer match. I was very disappointed as it was the first game of the season. I had been looking forward to playing for months! The doctor told me that I’d be in a cast for 6 weeks and wouldn’t play again for 8-10 weeks. The old me would have cursed and ‘spat the dummy’ and expected sympathy from everyone and generally felt sorry for myself for the whole period of time. This time, as a result of some compelling personal development that has guided me to shift my attitude towards life, I decided to do it differently. I thanked the doctor, I thanked the nurse who put on my cast. I assured my team mates that I’d be back on the pitch in 4 weeks, not 10. I told myself every day that my arm was getting stronger. I enjoyed telling the story to people of how it happened and how quickly I heal. My attitude was completely different, it was focused on the repair, not on the original injury.
    After 3 weeks the cast came off and I played my first game on week 4 and what a feeling that was! I should have scored twice but that is another story!

    So my tip is to use your thoughts to assist your body to have a great healthy life! It really works!

  12. Lisa Molina says:

    What a great share Rach!
    How important it is to be healthy! and like anything else Health starts from the inside.
    If we truly believe our thoughts create things, than for sure cleaning out the closet (mental closet) and keeping it clean is the best way to start and keep a fountain of youth! You could have titled your blog post – anti-aging secrets! You can tell those that live their lives in high integrity. They have a non-stop-bop sort of energy no matter what age, and the youthful vitality radiates, as you describe in this woman.

  13. Marg OBrien says:

    My mum is 75 years old and has played tennis at her local club three times already this week!! She walks often and tries to get to aqua jogging a couple of times a week. Apart from her physical prowess (yep she can get us running all over the court!) she keeps mentally stimulated as well. Mum is into alternative healing methods and spends hours surfing the net researching natural organic products and remedies for herself and the whanau (family) to try out. She is on her third laptop already – bigger, brighter, better, loves listening to music on her ipod, is on You Tube downloading motivational videos, is active on Facebook and is always sending us positive and uplifting information, be it books to read, articles to peruse…she is an inspiration!

    I think Mum needs to start an oldies health blog….however she would say ” who are you calling old”…..yep Mum has the entrepreneurial spirit alright, that’ll definitely keep her youthful:)

  14. Jacquie Darley says:

    Having Fun! I think adding a little fun and spice to life keeps you young …. along with good eating habits, a handful of vitamins to optimize any bits that need optimizing, some exercise — walk/run, learning to dance, and just keep working on yourself to be the best you that you can be. And remember that Apple — put it together with an orange, banana, melon, pineapple, lemon; add a dash of juce; a spoon of honey and blend it all together — A blast of fruit and a smile on your dial is a good way to greet each bran nue dae. Then maybe a glass of red with dinner — full of antioxidants.

  15. Barbara Drummon says:

    Enjoyed your blog Rachel.

    My dad died at the age of 97 after living a very “good life”. If he was ever asked what his secret was he always answered “hard work and Freda”. Freda was my mother and they were married for 65 years. She also had a good life, passing away a few years earlier at the age of 91 having played golf until aged 89.

    I eat my apple a day as part of a healthy diet and I also exercise daily. It is a known fact though that getting at least 8 hours sleep every night and having someone to love and being loved in return are also contributors to a longer life.
    Living a ‘good life’ however, definitely contributes to a longer life. By this I mean indulging in simple pleasures that make you happy, showing compassion for others, nurturing relationships, learning new things, thinking positively and of course, plenty of laughter. Instead of worrying about perfection in everything you do, finding instead satisfaction that you have done it. Then there is the big one, practicing “living in the now”.

  16. Jo Austin says:

    Great post Rach…for me it is finding inner peace. By that I mean being comfortable with who I am, knowing that I am in control of my life and therefore it is up to me to make the necessary decisions to live the life I desire, and being sure to make time for me.
    As a mother of 4 it is all too easy to rush down a meal, not take the time to exercise and concentrate on everyone else’s needs. Since finding Polaris and working through the Beyond Freedom Program I have come to learn that essentially this is a recipe for disaster.
    I have now taken up yoga (something I had been “promising’ my self for years), I take time to read, study, relax and make an effort to eat and drink healthily…..I feel enthused, excited about life and energised. Added to this I make sure to laugh often…as “laughter really is the best medicine”.

  17. Penny Angus says:

    Hi Rachel, great food for thought! I think a link to longevity is to smile from the inside out ~ to listen and learn about yourself, make choices, adjust your life so you are living in your truth and let it filter through you to the outside world ~ then there are benefits for all. I am loving BuzzZing 🙂 thanks for all your helpful ideas and guidance.

  18. Dineke Kleyn says:

    To belong to something significant is important. Debbie’s statement about not “prioritizing” earlier is true in that sense, but the same counts for our business. I am 65 and always exercised, feel fit as, but the “dream” part was not much prioritized.
    Which one makes “a good life” Both and the satisfaction you get from both.
    Did you actually ask the lady “secret” Rachel?

  19. Michelle Galbraith says:

    I think the recipe for having a healthy life is to find a personal balance of a positive mindset, eat fresh foods, plenty of water and a daily dose of exercise. Modern day living has the potential to create a ‘rush’ lifestyle with all the choices and opportunities that are available. However, if a person lives consciously, that is to say, is aware of what they are thinking and the choices they are making, this will put the balance back in play by getting our priorities back in line. Choices to match who you want to be, choices to match how you want to look, choices to match how you want your lifestyle to be – and the dusting of a healthy dose of gratitude for what you have now. Thank you Rachel – I can imagine what the lovely wise elderly lady looked like – warm sparkling eyes!

  20. Rachel Oliver says:

    She did indeed. Just delightful!

  21. Rachel Oliver says:

    You know I didn’t ask her Dineke. Missed opportunity. I do know that she took time out to “smell the roses” and certainly had balance in her life. She is Canadian and for the past 42 years she has been coming to Mazatlan Mexico every year for 6 months out of the year. She would have been 48 years old when she first started taking time out to holiday in Mazatlan.

  22. Rachel Oliver says:

    I just love your input here Penny. What a fabulous point of view. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Rachel Oliver says:

    Thanks Jo. So great for you to have the knowledge and understanding that it’s important to look after you first. Alot of the time mums tend to put the kids first and themselves last. Thing is, if you don’t look after you, particularly for an extended period then you’re no good to anyone. It’s why on the airplane they advise that in the case of emergency and the oxygen masks are required to put the oxygen on yourself first, then the kids.

  24. Rachel Oliver says:

    I love that you have mentioned showing compassion for others. This is most definitely a significant recipe for one living a long, happy life. Shane Krider shows more compassion for others than anyone else I have ever known. He teaches me every day the power of seeing the very best in people (even those that attack him, he is still able to have compassion towards them). I’m still learning this one and it’s wonderful to be reminded. Thanks so much..

  25. Rachel Oliver says:

    Mmmm….sounds good. I’m going to whip one of those up tomorrow!

  26. Rachel Oliver says:

    Your mum sounds delightful! What a wonderful demonstration of how to live an extraordinary life.

  27. Rachel Oliver says:

    So true about the “anti-aging secrets” Lis. We could bottle this stuff and make a fortune!

  28. Rachel Oliver says:

    I just love this John, thanks for sharing. A wonderful example of creating your reality. Thoughts do create things (including health or not so healthy bodies) depending on where and how we channel those those. Just beautiful mate!

  29. Alison Wheeelr says:

    Thanks Rach. I think health starts in the mind and inside the body. As your body ages your mind and focus can still stay young. I used to work with older people and certainly on a daily basis saw that people who still had something to live for, love and be passionate about were much more healthy than those that did not.
    I think health is dependent on what you have put in over time, look after your body when you are younger and it will pay off when you are older. I also think the way we handle life’s ups and downs has a great deal to do with our longevity.

  30. James Allen says:

    1. Choosing to be healthy
    2. Alkalizing and eating raw food (has made me feel great)
    3. Exercise

  31. Janine Blaber says:

    Rach, I enjoyed your blog,

    Balance with your Breath !

    For me, working towards balance of mind, body and soul enables me to have a far more healthier life then I ever experienced previously. I have always had a very healthy diet, some form of exercise, laughed a lot, rested well etc, however I wasn’t feeling great, with aches and pains ‘old age’ setting in.!!
    When I started working towards balance using the power from within myself, the power of my life force, my breath ….it’s reduced the stress within my body..
    I would actually say, that when I’m out of balance, be it mind, body or soul which ever area, the symptoms always are physical and more often than not that unbalance is caused by some form of stress.
    Our guest speaker Thomas Crum at the last Sovereignty conference, showed us some techniques using our breath to tap into our power within, I also practice Bikrams Yoga 3-4 times per week, – the instructor is repeatedly saying …’ and don’t forget to breath’… . You don’t even realize that you are holding your breath when doing something strenuous , shallow breathing when talking on the phone or short puffs when something has upset you.
    Learning to use your breath to create balance, giving each cell more energy…… a long healthy life.
    No Breath..No Life

  32. Bev Abel says:

    ATTITUDE….Determines ALTITUDE!!!

    Great Subject.

  33. Sally Rees says:

    Being fully conscious of what you put in your mouth is very important to me. There is so much highly processed, toxic food about and over time it damages the body and the mind. As James said, above, going raw (or increasing the amount of raw food in your diet) really increases the energy available to your body while creating clarity in the mind. It is also a catalyst to improving and in some cases, curing, dis-ease in the body. When your body reaches that state there are amazing spin offs in many other areas of your life. Go RAW, I say !!

  34. Pauline O'Halloran says:

    I read a wonderful story today shared by our friend Thomas Crum http://www.aikiworks.com/ who was a very popular guest speaker at our last Sovereignty event. I think it further enhances all that has been so beautifully shared on this topic….

    The Three M’s
    A few weeks ago, an old friend had a fall and broke his femur. He had major surgery, with a metal rod placed from hip to knee. He is 91 years old. I know what you are thinking, “Well, an elderly man like that – they’re just so fragile at that age – he must have lost his balance in his home or at the Senior Center.”

    But the truth is so much richer. The friend was Klaus Obermeyer, National Ski Hall of Famer and founder of Obermeyer Sport. He hit a rope chest high, skiing at “high speed” down a run used for downhill racing in Aspen. (For reference, a few years back Klaus was clocked in a downhill course skiing his age in speed, which meant over 80 mph!)

    This was his first major ski injury in his 88 years of skiing. He started in the Bavarian mountains by nailing his shoes to wooden slats from an old orange crate, tying a cord around the tips to bend them up, and then attaching the cords to his knees.

    Klaus came to Aspen to teach skiing in 1949. Warm ski clothing was not in existence then, which kept most people from wanting to ski. He took the feather-filled comforter which his mother had given him and turned it into the first ever down parka. The feathers fell with gravity to the belly and wrist areas of his warm new jacket, making him look like the Michelin tire man.

    Someone bought that first parka right off his back, which financed Klaus Obermeyer to make a better version and the rest is history: perhaps the greatest worldwide ski industry success story ever. His commitment to functional clothing and the ‘green’ environmental community gives deep meaning to his life.

    When I called him shortly after the accident he quipped, “I think I might not ski today.” This made me laugh, because Klaus skis nearly every day in the winter, spending his mornings at work and his après-ski hours swimming laps. When there’s no snow, you will find Klaus working his orchard, or windsurfing, or playing tennis. Movement is his middle name.

    One thing you will never see (and I’ve observed him closely for 40 years), is Klaus without a smile, a laugh, a joke, and something positive to say. Instead of wanting to sue whoever put the rope up, he says with a hearty laugh, “The accident was my fault, because I was skiing with my eyes closed.” Talk about a positive mindset!

    If you ask me the key to healthy longevity, I’ll just point to Klaus. Maybe we could summarize his success in 3 M’s – Mindset, Movement, and Meaning. Klaus Obermeyer lives them everyday. How about us?

    Tom Crum

  35. Rachel Oliver says:

    What a story Pauline. Thanks for sharing. It’s just given me the biggest grin. I love it.

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