The way to last a long time is to not wear out. And you do that by doing whats required of you at the right time. Do a little bit every day, that is the Taoist way. Excess leads to disease and disaster.
Benjamin Franklin once wrote, ‘if you would be happy, you would do what you should, not what you want.’ That means do what is right for you to do, not necessarily what is most indulgent or gratifying. I myself like to neglect exercise and eat too much, and in the short run this feels good, but in the end it will bear bitter fruit.
To be happy, think about how the present moment will influence the future. Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. If you work harder now, the future will be easier, and if you are lazy now, the future will be very difficult.
A lot of the diseases we suffer from are diseases of neglect. Falling into a good routine or habit is actually a good thing. Wake up the same time every morning, eat at the same times every day, do your job with zeal, and spend quality time at home during the proper times. Don’t become obsessed with one particular thing.
One of my problems are, and you may notice this if you read my blog, is that I obsess about the perfect diet too much. And the causality is quite clear. Diet is the one thing I seem to have complete control over in my life, and food gives me great pleasure. But obsessing about which foods to eat is pointless in the end, and a grave waste of time. As long as you have enough to eat you are doing fine. I’m not thin but i’m not morbidly obese either. I can sit, stand, and walk, and praise Jah.
So when it comes to being physically healthy, and living in harmony, examine your own habits. Diet and exercise is a big part of it. This is something you have control over. Don’t blame genetics, environment, or chance completely, take responsibility for your state of health.
When you have an illness, there are only two possible outcomes, either you will cure yourself of the disease, or you will die from it. Sometimes just learning to be healthy and living with whatever problems you have is good enough.