Promote Your Health – Improve Your Lifestyle
by health researcher Max Bonamy. An in-depth interview with the author and anti-aging advocate Jason Probyn.
Today’s interview is with Jason Probyn, a colourful resident of Boracay Island (a tropical paradise set in the south China seas) for the last 20 years and one of the founders of the very popular Nigi Nigi Nu Noos ‘e’ Nu Nu Noos Beach Resort, Boracay.
This is a special interview on the occasion of the publication of Jason’s 1000 page e-book entitled “latest Anti-Aging strategies” (www.aging.com.ph), since we thought it would be of interest to our readers to have a glimpse at some of Jason’s ideas related to health and particularly his anti-aging concepts.
The author advocates a revised lifestyle in his book, in order to bless one’s “Golden Years” with good health and hopefully prolonged longevity, filled with enduring vitality. Does the author actually live the lifestyle he recommends? That is what we intend to find out through this interview.
Max Bonamy (health Researcher): Let’s first run through the stats. How old are you Jason and when did you first follow a disciplined lifestyle aimed at health , vitality and longevity?
Jason: Currently I am two years short of celebrating my 70th birthday. From my teens to about age 30 I was very interested in health, but this was driven purely by my male ego – that of trying to be the fittest male on the block. Like most people i believe in Darwinian evolution which predicts that, in the natural order of things, the strongest guy gets the prettiest girl. Of course, he didn’t quite state it that way. At that time I made myself a fit alpha-male and I dare say Darwin would have been proud of my raging hormones, my ripped torso and my bulging biceps!
As my competitiveness mellowed with time, i started to perceive that health meant a lot more than owning the record for how fast a track event could be clocked. We all have heard of people who were star athletes in their youth, effortlessly winning gold medals for this or that sport, yet began to have subpar health conditions soon after passing their sports prime.
Health became more and more important as i realized that ambition, happiness and fulfillment, as well as personal acts and endeavours, are all heavily affected by the status of one’s health.
Obviously life’s a lot more rewarding when you’re healthy. you think more clearly, move more quickly, act more positively – the fact of the matter is everything revolves around one’s health.
But these are all obvious statements. What is not so obvious is the realization that barring gene predisposition and accidents one can largely determine how healthy a life you will live by the lifestyle choices you make.
Stated in simplistic terms the kinder and more natural you are to your entire being, the more it rewards you with the vitality of life.
Max: Okay. Can you give our readers specific examples of being “kinder” and “more natural”?
Jason: Sure. Firstly, you need to promote a positive attitude coupled with adequate knowledge. In life we all inherit the genes of our forefathers. The saying “we are ruled from the grave” succinctly states the point. Our formative years are heavily influenced by our genes and our early environment. By the time we have the ability to think and process information independently and maturely we have already been molded into an almost fixed personality. These are the cards that life has dealt us. We cannot do much about that.
With maturity we begin to recognize the true type of person we are – then the most critical life changing question you can ask yourself is: “do i know who i am, and do i know what i need to do to become the person i want to be?”
This mature attitude about life and the realistic knowledge of the self is the foundation on which we build our health plan. It’s like looking in the mirror, evaluating one’s total being and accepting that, yes, this is the person i am. Now, how can i, with the right effort, become the person i have the potential to be, the person i want to be, the person i should be if i wish to enjoy all the benefits of a long life blessed with enthusiasm and vitality derived from good health?
Max: That sounds very ambitious and a lot of work for most people.
Jason: A lot of work, yes, but i would not call it ambitious, rather “very personally selfish” in that you want to enjoy life to the fullest and this can be done only if you remain healthy. When you are healthy you think about enjoying life. However, when you are unhealthy life becomes a burden and your thoughts are more focused on fears of getting sick and related anxieties.
Max: You run several businesses in Boracay – how did you find the time to research and promulgate your anti-aging message?
Jason: I am very fortunate to have the natural disposition that once i set a common sense goal, i then structure and discipline my life in order to attain it. Once I am convinced that the benefits are worth the efforts. I become sufficiently motivated towards getting them. This is particularly true regarding health and the pursuit of a sensible anti-aging program.
Doesn’t the thought of being alive – that is, the thought of enjoying a life full of vitality and wonderment – provide adequate reward and motivation to follow a sensible health program?
Max: Good point. So why don’t people just get on and do it?
Jason: Unfortunately most of us are poorly educated about how to be healthy. In addition...