(CNN) -- Still vigorous at 100 years of age, Edward Rondthaler writes a weekly column for his local newspaper, walks a half-mile every morning and drives himself on errands around his hometown of Croton-on-Hudson, New York. his secret?
Rondthaler credits his long and healthy life to clean living, good genes, and regular cold showers
"When my brother in 1918 came home from the army, he said, 'Ed, whenever you take a hot shower, end it with an ice cold one and count to 100
.' Ever since, Rondthaler has finished his morning shower with a long blast of cold water, which he thinks plays at least a small role in keeping him going.
So this is kind of like self-induced partial cyrogenetics? I mean can you imagine standing there counting to 100 while ice cold water sprays down on you? Yikes.... I remember when my furnace died at the old house and I had no choice but to endure a cold shower.. it wasn't pretty.
Actually the most important part of this article (which didn't merely focus on Icy Ed) was the relationship between stress and longevity. Like this statement...
One feature common to most centenarians is that stress doesn't bother them. "They seem to be able to shed stress. It doesn't get to them and cause them to age more quickly. They don't internalize stuff."
So I started to think about some of the older people I know and have known and it's actually true to a certain degree. My gram never really worries about anything, well not for long anyway, and she never has. Her attitude is very laid back and carefree. My Great-Grandmother who lived well into her 90's was pretty much out of her mind by the time I knew her so I guess an accurate example can't be made (at least from my perspective) but from what I've been told she was very much the same in her younger days. I find it incredibly interesting, yet at the same time (being a super stressed person most of the time) am wondering if this will impact my life span in the end. Food for thought anyway.. take it easy, don't worry too much and make sure you eat a balanced diet, exercise and minimize the use of tobacco and alcohol (easier said than done I suppose). I'm not so sure I really want to be 100 anyway, even with a sharp mind .. but if the day should ever near, I'm sure I won't exactly be complaining.
Well we didn't see either film yesterday, my older son just came back from a trip to DC and my Aunt (who went with him as a chaperone) gave me her video camera to get the clips and pictures off and onto a cd. It took me a couple hours to do, because there were software glitches with the PC and in the end we didn't have time to catch the movie. They chose The Benchwarmers
in any case (which I am very happy about) and as it is in its final theatre days, we were hard pressed to find convenient showtimes. I located a 2:20 at the Eastfield Mall today and that is our game plan after lunch and our walk. It's another beautiful day out, no need to stay indoors!
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