If you're looking for the secret to being healthy
and happy, regardless of
age, look no further than within yourself and recognize the rules
are all about balance and flexibility.
"In order to be healthy, we have to be happy -- and in order
to be happy,we
have to be healthy," said Jhoon Rhee, 71, a world-reknown martial
expert recognized as a national treasure for introducing and popularizing
Tae Kwan Do in America, who spoke at the AARP National Convention
Rhee's message is not all about martial arts, but it is about one
core components of martial arts, self-discipline, which he believes
also lead to other positive human qualities in life.
Apparently this is an ageless issue because not only is Rhee recognized
a role model of health and vitality among his peers, he is also
regarded among today's youth as well. In fact, his martial arts
philosophy of discipline, respect, and personal responsibility were
developed into a curriculum that was adopted by several District
schools in Washington, DC. Additionally, Rhee is a legend on Capitol
where he has trained more than 250 members of Congress in Taekwondo,
and celebrities like Muhammed Ali and Bruce Lee were also students.
The martial arts philosophy is about more than just physical fitness.
that is an important component, but it's really only part of the
philosophy is directed toward achieving inner happiness through
fitness AND a positive mental attitude -- a combination he believes
to the universal path of freedom, peace, prosperity, and ultimately
"Everybody wants to be happy," Rhee said during his opening
remarks. But it
doesn't have anything to do with how old you are, what's most important
keeping everything in balance."
Rhee has established four daily affirmations based on the three
qualities he believes are necessary to be healthy and happy. These
qualities represent the epitome of balance: Knowledge in the Mind,
in the Heart, and Strength in the Body.
The four affirmations are as follows:
1. I am wise because I always learn something good every day;
2. I am humanly perfect because I never make a mistake knowingly;
3. I like myself because I always take actions to make good things
4. I am happy that I am me because I always choose to be happy.
There are various paths people take on the road to happiness, or
"happyism," as Rhee calls it. Whether it's doing for others
volunteerism, contributing in some meaningful way through spiritual
service, or pursuing our own various goals -- be it training for
medal, raising grandchildren, traveling, learning new things --
it is the
combination of all these things that creates balance in our lives,
therefore enables us to be healthy and happy.
Perhaps the most detrimental things of all is to do nothing --
from life where one does little more than just exist. That certainly
living. Yet there are too many who seem to complain about all the
they can't do anymore, rather than focus on the things they still
can do. You
know the story -- those who have nothing are happier than those
who seem to
have everything and are still miserable. What matters most is what's
inside of our being -- and that's something we CAN control.
Rhee believes living his life as an example to others is one of
effective forms of teaching these principles. And certainly by looking
closely at his lifestyle -- discipline, balance, and flexibility
are at the
core. He eats healthily including drinking water, juices and Korean
he eats at least five bananas a day as well as grapes, peaches and
fruit. During meals, he piles heaps of vegetables on his plate and
eats fish or chicken on occassion, and beef on rare occassion. Rhee
smoke or drink and does his best to avoid sugar.
But it is Rhee's exercise regimen that is most impressive. He still
1,000 push-ups a day and he hasn't missed his daily 2-hour workout
years! He has the flexibility of a 10-year old and ha's even been
take a short nap in his favorite stretching position where he's
the floor with each leg extended completely to the side while bending
chest and chin forward, resting them both on the floor infront of
result: Rhee says he's in better shape today than he was 20 years
Combined with his continued contributions in teaching his philosophy
Ferrin is a local gerontologist residing in Carlsbad. She is a certified
people of all ages, his love of music, people, and a desire to always
learning, it's really no surprise that Rhee claims he is healthy
-- because he's flexible, and he keeps life in balance.
AARP retirement specialist, motivational speaker, consultant, and
author of a
nationally released book titled, "What's Age Got To Do With It?"
ideas contact her at (760)438-2126 or on the internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly Ferrin, Gerontologist Lifestyles (760)438-2126 web: