YOU ARE YOUR OWN FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: Movement, Motivation and Mindset for Active Seniors

Energy Bite 120 – Lessons in Longevity from Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke has just written his second book. It’s called, Keep Moving and was just published in late 2015. He is out on the book promotion circuit now, telling everyone about it.

Van Dyke is a classic example of how one can age well and feel young and vital, even at age 90. He just turned 90 in December 2015 (last month). His positive and upbeat attitude about life is part of the reason he retains his youth, and he attributes a daily hour long workout at the gym to be a major reason why he is able to Keep Moving, .

His book is filled with one liners, aphorisms, stories and suggestions, all related to aging and living a life filled with youthful thinking and vitality. I’ve included enough so you get the gist of his message, but not enough to run afoul of the copyright laws. Consider this article a review and endorsement of the book (No I don’t receive anything if you go and buy it). Here are two quotes and a couple of the truths and tips included in the book.

Quote: “Good habits matter. Eating light and fresh. Staying away from fast and processed foods. Not smoking. Working out regularly. Even going for a walk every day is extremely beneficial for longevity. p. 43

Quote: “In the morning I work out at my local gym. I’ll be honest, every day it gets tougher to get out of bed, put on the sweats, and work out. But it’s important.”   p. 42

Tip: “If a doctor tells you he can make you look twenty years younger, don’t believe him. Everybody will notice. And nobody will think you look twenty years younger.”  p. 143

Truth: “Yes, you wasted too much time worrying about things that didn’t matter.”  p. 144

Tip: “New experiences are the only things you can collect in life that end up being worth it.”  p. 144

By the way, the book is a great read, and I recommend it to anyone who can remember back to the old Dick Van Dyke Show with Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam.

Dick Van Dyke is still singing and dancing at his current age of 90. He says that while he still dances, it hurts more and he takes Advil. I would guess that he’ll keep on dancing for another ten years, or even more. What a great lesson in longevity.

Thank you for reading.

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