The Real Fountain of Youth
Friday, June 26, 2015
Is there a real source of eternal youth in this world?
In 1493 Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León stepped aboard a ship bound for America.
He would share the voyage with famed explorer Christopher Columbus, who was on his second journey to the New World.
Ponce de León didn’t embark on the expedition as a sightseeing trip, however. He set sail with one goal, one vision, one desire in mind: to find the legendary fountain of youth—that mythical spring of water that would grant eternal youth to the one who drank from it.
De León had many amazing adventures in the New World. History credits him as the first European to discover Florida. After conquering Puerto Rico, he eventually became its governor. But for all his long years of searching, he never discovered what his heart desired most—the source of perpetual youth.
Hundreds of years later people still continue Ponce de León’s quest. Rather than searching for the fountain of youth in some undiscovered land, however, many today seek youthful vitality in pills, therapies, and special diets.
Is there a real source of eternal youth in this world? Not that we know of. But many researchers believe they have found the closest resource we have for fulfilling the promises of the legendary fountain of youth. It is simply physical activity.
When physically challenged through regular exercise, the human body grows stronger and healthier and ages more slowly.
In fact, according to the American Heart Association, regular activity has many whole-person health benefits, including great gains for the mind, body, spirit, and even social relationships.
Research has clearly shown that with regular physical activity the body sleeps better and is less susceptible to injury.
Mentally, the body handles stress more effectively, the mind is able to think more clearly, and a person generally has a more positive outlook on life.
Socially, people often gain more confidence because they feel and look better.
And spiritually, those who exercise often find a deeper connection to their Creator, who made them for a life of health, happiness, and peace.
Sadly, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has stated that more than 70 percent of the population in the United States is not physically active. In fact, inactivity is said to be one of the greatest public health challenges of this century. Recent findings suggest that the incidence of stroke and Type II diabetes would be lower, high blood pressure could be prevented or reduced, and bone fractures would occur less often if America just moved more.
People who are physically active cut their risk of heart disease in half. On the flip side, that means that a person who is physically inactive has chosen the same level of increased risk as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.