Some say that life is too short when in fact most of us take too long to begin living it.
Many of us have grand travel plans to that infamous place called “someday”; the place we’ll go to enjoy ourselves and try something we have always wanted to. Of course, not until our obligations and responsibilities are taken care of.

The problem with this mentality is that by the time we finally find the time, our life choices have caught up with us, and our quality of life is not what it once was. Spend some time with Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging, and you will be inspired to learn that our DNA is not our destiny. Milner explains that how long we live our lives, and how well we live it, is remarkably elastic and can be manipulated.

Citing Dan Buettner and the research that produced the hit book “Blue Zones”, Milner references areas in Italy, Japan, Costa Rica, Greece, and the US which all have large population segments of citizens living disability free to 100 and beyond. For example, in Loma Linda, California studies show an average life span that is 10-12 years greater than the average Americans. Pilot projects are replicating these sorts of outcomes.

While the characteristics and behaviors won’t be found on an infomercial, try these tips to improve your physical, emotional and mental health:
• Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
• Move naturally – exercise
• Hang out with family and people you really enjoy
• Think positive thoughts, expect the best
• Have an attitude of gratitude

The result can be astonishing:
• Gwen Johnson recently jumped out of an airplane to celebrate life (she is over 90 years old)
• Sid Newman just launched a new company (he is 90 years old)
• Bill Bell is training for his 25th Ironman, at the age of 85 (he started the sport at 60)

As we pursue methods to provide products and services that can engage people in healthy lifestyle choices, we can create an environment that supports the information shared by Colin. Better yet, we can embrace the characteristics and behaviors noted above through our own lifestyle choices. People hear what they see – hopefully they can hear you loud and clear.

Author's Bio: 

James McPartland (aka “Mac”) is the Principal and Chief Inspiration Officer of The JMac Performance Group, a specialized management consulting firm focused on realizing the importance of the human potential in business. He is an entrepreneur, author, international speaker, and noted authority on leadership, team building, corporate wellness, and transformational change.

Mac focuses on helping successful leaders transform into their ‘best’ by achieving positive lasting change in behavior (and results) for themselves, their people, and their teams. As a consultant and speaker, he has worked with senior executives in organizations from Fortune 500 corporations including; The Dow Chemical Company, IBM, Allergan, Technogym, Les Mills International, Spinning and Total Gym, as well as non-profits such as The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Mac’s vast business experience includes
• Expertise in strategic business modeling and business plan development, analysis and execution
• Design and deployment of creative, effective, and aggressive sales and marketing strategies
• Recognition of potential in business, people, and opportunities
• Strong communication skills in motivating and inspiring allegiance to company goals and core values
• Strategic recruitment of synergistic top executive and support staff talent
• Development of passionate corporate culture, commitment and productivity through credible leadership, incentive drivers and motivation training
• Proficient management analyzing and employing measurable key metrics to drive core objectives and outcomes
• Efficient execution of self-administered accountability systems motivated by incentives, recognition, and reward programs
• Track record of results. Built companies from start to $150mm in annual revenue, launched two additional companies in the health and nutrition space

Mac actively participates in numerous events and organizations including; The International Health and Racquet Sports Association, The American Heart Association, and The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In addition he is currently active in U.S. Public Policy legislation that will positively impact the companies that provide wellness benefits.

He sits on the Board of Directors for two new health and wellness companies in California: Best Fit Data and Worthwell. Mac also speaks French, and is an active member for The World Presidents’ Organization.

James has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers including; The Register and Times of Los Angeles, Club Business International and The Business Journal. He has also been a guest on network TV and numerous radio shows.

In 2008 Mac was recognized at The Mayo Clinic by The President’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports for his outstanding contribution to wellness. Additionally, his efforts were rewarded by The World President’s Organization with an award for leadership. After a year of preparation he led a group of 55 executives on a first of its kind business retreat to Vietnam.

James earned his Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina State University. An avid fitness enthusiast, he has completed 37 marathons and 8 Ironman Triathlon events. He resides in Coto De Caza, CA with wife Mara and sons Luke and Logan.

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