The Functional Longevity Coach®
Well very simply, it’s what I want as I grow older.
I want to live this amazing adventure we call life for as long as I can, and with do it with the same vibrancy, energy and passion as I do now, for the rest of my days.
To me, life is a gift, and in order to enjoy it for as long as possible, you need to invest in the most valuable commodity you will ever own…your health. Well, at least that’s what everyone thinks…but unfortunately, I disagree.
What is Functional Longevity?
You can be ‘healthy’ for your age as defined by the western medical paradigm…and yet not be able to do much except crawl out of bed in the morning, shuffle to the supermarket every day, and crawl into bed early every night.
Why? Because that’s the medical statistical expectation of health in old age.
However, I can tell you right now, that’s not what I call health, nor is it what I want when I get old.
How many of you 35 and over have been to you doctor and heard him say “you’re fine for your age”? What does that even mean…compared to what? Or more correctly compared to whom?
You see, what western medical practices may consider ‘healthy’ for your age…and how you expect you should be able to live your life at your age…can be two very different things!
But this statistical low expectation of health doesn’t start in old age…so don’t think you can wait until you are old to worry about it.
Just look at these generally accepted health expectations of people 35 and older, as defined by recorded medical statistics….
Gradual and consistent weight gain from increases in bodyfat leading to obesity (What I like to call ‘creeping adiposity’)
Increase in blood pressure and other chronic cardiovascular related issues
Blood sugar disorders
Autoimmune disorder development
Declining Musclo-skeletal functions
Stress and Mood related psychological issues
…and yet if you can have these issues you can be considered ‘normal’ statistically.
Over the last 30 years, under my various guises as a Holistic Nutritional therapist, NLP Master Practitioner, or Fat Loss Coach…the clients that have come to me have all wanted to retain and maximise their health, and to fight off the ravages of aging, just as I do, just as you do.
However, for the majority of them, they were happy just to set their target at achieving the definition of ‘health’ as set by medical statistics for their age. But to be honest, that’s really not a great standard.
Whilst that standard might set you up to be within the range of acceptable health for your age. It doesn’t even mean you are healthy by western medical standards! You are just where the bell curve expects you to be in terms of health.
Setting your standards at that level is never going to maximise your health and become a preventative barrier to future health problems. It most definitely is not going to optimise your chances to live the life most people hope for.
So my goal has always been to help my clients create a new standard…a new target. That to me, was the most important part of what I did…and what I was most passionate about. I wanted to raise that level of expectation, because health is not just about the physical, it’s about the mental and spiritual side of you too…and they are all interrelated.
Mind and body cannot exist as dissociative entities.
Why is setting a target important you might ask? Well in any field of endeavour, it is well documented that achieving a goal is a lot easier if the target is easy to see and clearly defined…and living a long healthy life is no different.
For me, just being ‘healthy’ by the medical standard will never be my goal...I want to be more than that. I want to be just as functional physically and mentally as I am now, for as long as possible. So, in order to do this, I have set a clear and definable target to raise the bar of expectation higher than society does. I’ve created a target I believe encompasses everything you need to live your life fully as you get older.
This is the standard I am passionate about trying to get everyone to embrace. If we can, then we can raise the level of expectancy for health and longevity, by extension, perhaps create better choices and practices relating health within society.
So for me the goal is not just about health…it’s about ‘Functional Longevity’…and The Edge Program is my approach to achieving that goal.
It’s a systematic method that enables my clients to pursue ‘Functional Longevity’ in a consistent and progressive manner, with the least amount of intrusion into life, and the maximum payback in terms of health.