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Edgar Benitez, CSCS, Director


January 29, 2024

Challenging the Status Quo: Are You Really Living or Just Surviving?

In our relentless quest for health and fitness, we often find ourselves entangled in the numbers game — the scale's readout, statistics on lifespan, and the measurements of our muscles. But amidst this numerical frenzy, there's a pivotal concept that goes unnoticed: the elusive health span. It’s a game-changer, not just about how long you exist but how well you thrive.

Lifespan vs. Health Span:Lifespan is binary – you're either here or gone. Health span, however, delves into the richness of those years. It's about living fully, with vibrant physical and cognitive vitality, not just marking time on the calendar.

The Misunderstood Element of Longevity:Longevity is often boiled down to lifespan, a mere count of years. But it's a blend of both lifespan and health span, where the latter, regrettably, lurks in the shadows despite its profound impact on our daily lives.

What is Health Span, Really?The medical world may define health span as disease-free years, but it's a multi-dimensional concept. It encompasses cognitive acuity, physical strength, and overall well-being as we age. It's about thriving, not just surviving.

The Pursuit of Quality Life:Prioritizing health span means an unwavering commitment to cognitive and physical health. These vital facets often decline with age, but by championing them, we elevate our life's quality, every step of the way.

The Intersection with Fitness:In the world of fitness, this perspective reshapes our goals. It's not just about chasing more reps, heavier weights, or longer runs. It's about crafting a fitness routine that enriches our health span – one that keeps us agile, mentally sharp, and full of vitality at any age.

Conclusion:As we step into the gym, hit the trails, or unfurl our yoga mats, it's time to challenge the status quo. We're not just training for the present or for a more sculpted physique. We're training for a life that's truly lived. Let's shift our focus towards expanding our health span, where every workout propels us towards a life overflowing with vibrancy and happiness, even in our later years. In the pursuit of health span, we unearth the essence of a life exceptionally lived.

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