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s Leslie Martin, certified health coach, entered her forties, she felt pretty good about her health and her life. But, at 49, she became aware of the fact that she had noticed some changes over the past year. At that time, she became curious about the aging process so she began to research it and become more familiar with it. She uncovered her goal for aging—live long, die short. “In America, people are living

shorter healthy lives and longer sicker lives,” explains Martin. “It shouldn’t be this way.” The memory of three particu- lar people came to Martin’s mind. These were individuals she received advice from regarding health and vitality in the later years. The first was a woman she met at a holistic health fair in Santa Fe. “She was sassy and very enthusiastic about what she was sharing,” recalls Martin, “and was proud to announce that she was in her sixties.” Of course, those in ear- shot questioned her secret because she looked to be in her forties. She replied, “Water! Water, water, water!” Accord- ing to Martin, “She shared that she truly believed this was the key to slowing the

aging process. Drinking plenty of water aids the body’s systems in functioning properly. It will also give you healthier, more supple skin and has been proven to help with weight loss. Everyone should drink, at a minimum, half their weight in ounces daily.” The second person Martin received instruction from was a woman she met at a yard sale. This woman was with her son. He was proud of his mother and informed several gathered nearby that she was 79. When Martin asked the woman what she felt was the secret to looking and feeling so young, she replied, “Just keep moving. Don’t ever stop.” Physical activity was her defense. “Physical activity not only helps in the aging process,” explains Martin, “but

according to the Mayo Clinic, it also can help with mood and depression, control weight, boost energy, combat disease, and promote better sleep.” And, lastly, one of the people who influenced Martin on her journey of health was a teacher who said that peo- ple who want to get healthy or maintain their health need to have a strong foun- dation. “He believed this foundation to be spirituality,” says Martin. “Without it, he said, nothing else will fall into place. It doesn’t have to be a religious prac- tice, but it should be something that takes you within yourself. Meditation, qigong and yoga are some examples.” A spiritual practice, Martin teaches, also helps with stress relief, focus and a sense of peace. Now, as a certified health coach, Martin shares this advice and more with her clients and students to help them get on track with their health. “Most people want to be healthier, but they don’t always know where to start,” says Martin. “As Lao Tzu said, ‘this journey of a thou- sand miles begins with a single step.’”

Leslie Martin will host a workshop titled “Live Long, Die Short” in June. For details on this and other events, visit See Community Resource Guide page 39.

natural awakenings

May 2013


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