Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Challenge Yourself

"Always strive to improve.  Never be content to rest on your laurels.  Making progress towards a challenging goal is what keeps you motivated.  Challenge lights the fire.  Progress keeps it burning bright.  The key is to continually challenge yourself in an intelligent and thoughful way."
-  Clarence Bass, Challenge Yourself - Leanness, Fitness & Health - At Any Age, p. 12  

Challenge Yourself - Leanness, Fitness & Health - At Any Age  By Clarence Bass.  Albuquerque, New Mexico, Clarence Bass' Ripped Enterprises, 1999.  224 pages.  ISBN: 9780960971473.  VSCL.  

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
-  Anatole France  

"Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us.  They are essential to really keep us alive."
-  Robert H. Schuller 

Determination and Planning Quotations  

A Twelve-Point Program for Healthy Aging
"1.  Eat an anti-inflammatory diet.
2.  Use dietary supplements wisely to support the body's defenses and natural healing power.
3.  Use preventive medicine intelligently: know your risks of age-related disease, get appropriate diagnostic and screening
tests and immunizations, and treat problems (like elevated blood pressure and cholesterol) in their early stages.
4.  Get regular physical activity throughout life. 
5.  Get adequate rest and sleep.
6.  Learn and practice methods of stress protection. 
7.  Exercise your mind as well as your body. 
8.  Maintain social and intellectual connections as you go through life. 
9.  Be flexible in mind and body: learn to adapt to losses and let go of behaviors no longer appropriate for your age.
10.  Think about and try to discover for yourself the benefits of aging. 
11.  Do not deny the reality of aging or put energy into trying to stop it.  Use the experience of aging as a stimulus
for spiritual awakening and growth. 
12.  Keep an ongoing record of the lessons you learn, the wisdom you gain, and the values you hold.  At critical points in
your life, read this over, add to it, revise it, and share it with people you care about."
-  Andrew Weil, M.D.
   Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being, 2005, p. 239.  

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