This is the third review update on my reading of Tony Robbins’ latest book, Life Force, which he co-wrote with Peter Diamandis, M.D. & Robert Hariri, M.D., PhD. It officially published February 8, 2022. The first two sections of the book were discussed in summary form in the previous corresponding review updates. Section 3 comprises roughly one third of the book (200 pages) right smack in the center of the volume. This is no mistake because Section Three is all about what we, as individuals, can do to take charge of our health and live a longer better quality of life right now – based on new and emerging data.
I will not attempt to summarize these seven chapters in the same way as the previous updates because it would be too tedious. This book is nothing short of an encyclopedic writing on breakthroughs in modern medicine in virtually every category. If the subject matter interests you (and why wouldn’t it?), you need to get a copy of the book. That way you can skip to what pertains specifically to you and the ones you love.
That said, Section Three provides new evidence and strategies in the areas of supplements, diet and exercise. We all know that getting the right nutrients and plenty of exercise is good for us, right? But scientists have discovered even more compelling data on this front. One of the pieces that stands out most to me is : the power of peptides to regulate cell division, repair tissue, build our immune system and combat age-related decline.
This chapter is very specific. Suffice it to say that the FDA has approved more than 100 peptides as necessary (natural) medicines for public health. “As weapons in the war against aging, peptides have tremendous potential. As of 2019, their global market has grown to 70 billion.” The International Peptide Society offers referrals to certified medical practitioners. A good Compounding Pharmacy can probably do the same.
I literally cribbed a page from Life Force to cut to the chase on overall diet and exercise recommendations to live longer, stronger and healthier. No need to say more but here a few bullet point facts about newly proven benefits of building strength and maintaining fitness to boost your resolve to do what we now know. Exercising at least 15-20 minutes a day (in the manner described briefly above) is shown to:
* Reduce risk of cancer by 40 percent
* Cut risk of stroke by 45 prtcent
* Slash risk of diabetes by 50 percent
* Reduce risk of early death from heart disease by 50 percent.Life Force
You’ll notice this data roughly doubles the minimum amount of daily/weekly exercise as was previously thought to maintain health.
To build strength, resilience and flexibility you’ll want do more than the minimum of 15 minutes per day for maintenance! If that seems like a lot to you then start slowly. Fifteen minutes a day is easy, then learn where you need to strengthen through diagnostic tests to find out where you truly are and then make a plan to target results.
The final takeaway for me in this section is static contraction exercise to maintain and build bone-strength. Osteoporosis is categorized as being a silent killer because many of us, especially post-menopausal women, are slowly but surely losing bone density as we age. I know I was shocked after getting a DEXA Scan last year to learn that I have osteopenia. Now I’m taking action with calcium, D3 and targeted exercise to rebuild what bone density I’ve lost.
There is a new technology called OsteoStrong on the market now that can achieve a 15 percent improvement in muscle strength and bone density in just 24 weeks (6 months). Consistent in-home static contraction exercises (squats, lunges, sit-up’s and planks) may serve in place of this new technology. This is powerful information.
The International Osteoporosis Foundation estimates 1 in 3 women over 50 and 1 in 5 men over the the age of 50 will experience osteoporosis-related fractures. Many of us don’t even know we are losing bone density. I didn’t know until I got tested. A full 40 percent of hip fracture survivors can’t walk independently after one year. Wow!