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What Are You Weighting For? February 26, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness.
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Even if we can’t literally turn back the hands of time, might we erase the ravages of age by the thoughts we think?

In Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, Deepak Chopra summarizes a growing body of evidence which supports the conclusion that we can reverse aging through mindful awareness.

One experiment involved a sort of “inner time travel” with elderly participants.  This landmark study established that so-called irreversible signs of aging could be reversed using psychological intervention.

To read more . . . Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, pp. 92-94. 

In another “anti-aging” experiment, geriatric nursing home patients started a weight-lifting program with remarkable results.

Gerontologists from Tufts University visited a nursing home, where they put a group of the frailest residents on a weight-training regimen.  Rather than exhausting or killing them, the increased exercise caused them to thrive.

Within eight weeks, wasted muscles came back by 300 percent, coordination and balance improved, and overall a sense of active life returned.

“Subjects who had not been able to walk unaided could now get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of the night by themselves, an act of reclaimed dignity that is by no means trivial.”

The youngest subject in the group was 87 and the oldest 96!

These results were always within reach of the residents; nothing new was added to the inherent capacity of the human body to reverse the effects of aging.

No . . . Lance Armstrong did NOT stop by to distribute steroids.

What changed?  Their beliefs.  When beliefs change, aging changes.  Once the residents believed that weight-training, even at age 96, would do the body good, they changed their daily habits and choices to accommodate those new beliefs and manifest the desired change.

Source: Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, p. 58

GymnasticsFor more on the mind-body connection . . . tune in tomorrow.

In the meantime . . . stop waiting and start weighting!

Conceive it.
Believe It.
Achieve It.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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