I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of concerns about getting older. If there is anything I can do to combat aging and all that it entails (being able to do less physically, cognitive issues, wrinkles…) I would certainly do it. As it is I am physically unable to do a lot of things I was once able to do with ease. Take for example simply throwing a ball to one of the kids at work. I’ve had surgery on one arm, and my other arm is now giving me a lot of issues. Sigh…
A big fear of mine is the mental challenges that come with getting older (forgetfulness, dementia, Alzheimer’s). I try and keep my brain as active as I possibly can.
The human body is an amazing thing. It has so much potential. Sadly, many of us to not take a chance and experience all the things our body can do. We don’t experience it’s full protentional.
There is a new series on Disney+ called Limitless. It stars Chris Hemsworth (aka, “Thor” from the Marvel movies).
Here is a brief synopsis of the series;
Limitless with Chris Hemsworth, was created by Darren Aronofsky and hailing from his production company Protozoa Pictures and Jane Root’s Nutopia.
New scientific research is shattering conventional wisdom about the human body and offering fascinating insights into how we can all unlock our body’s superpowers to fight illness, perform better and even reverse the aging process! This science is put to the test by Hemsworth, who, despite being in peak superhero-condition, is on a personal mission to learn how to stay young, healthy, strong, and resilient.
Undergoing a series of epic trials and extraordinary challenges in order to understand the limits of the human body, he’ll learn firsthand how we can live better for longer by discovering ways to regenerate damage, maximize strength, build resilience, supercharge memory and confront mortality.
Entertaining, immersive and life-changing, Limitless rewrites the rulebook on living better for longer.
I had the opportunity to screen some of the series before it aired. I was excited to see it, not only for all the fabulous information it would provide, but also to see Chris Hemsworth (“eye candy” and I love the Australian accent).
In the first episode, Hemsworth learns about the effect that stress has on the human body. Let’s face it, we all encounter stress at some point in our lives, some more than others. Personally, I am dealing with A LOT of stress right now.
In this episode, Chris will learn how to control how he reacts to stressful situations by ultimately walking across a narrow crane high on top of a tall building.
Nope. Never. Couldn’t do it.
Hemsworth felt the same way too, but during the course of this episode he learns more about stress, how is body reacts to stressful situations, and what he can do to change the way he reacts to stress, which can not only help him physically, but mentally as well. Learning to control your response to stress.
Prolonged effects of stress on your body can result in migraines, heart issues, numerous physical and mental health conditions, including chronic fatigue, metabolic disorders (e.g., diabetes, obesity), depression, and immune disorders, just to name a few.
I learned a lot from watching this episode. I’m certainly not about to do a death defying walk across a crane perched high above the ground (no way!), but learning about how you and your body responds to stress I found very interesting, and I want to do more research on the subject.
Other episodes in the series include
- Shock -Chris heads to the icy Artic in his search for health and longevity.
- Fasting – One man. Four days. No food. But can fasting make Chris live longer?
- Strength – Chris discovers how his muscles can help him live longer with an epic rope climb.
- Memory – Chris has always worked to keep his body healthy, now it’s time to challenge his brain.
- Acceptance – Chris’ quest for eternal youth fast forwards him to the end of life.
The episodes range in length from forty four minutes to and hour and fifteen minutes.
It’s fair to say that most people will not go to the extremes that Hemsworth goes through in this series, however, we can take what we learn and find other ways we can apply it to our own lives, and challenge ourselves in ways that would work for us and our situations.
Fasinating, riviting, eye-opening… these words best describe this series.
If you are interested in checking out the series for yourself, log on to your Disney+ account. Look for it under the National Geographic section.
For more information about Disney+, visit DisneyPlus.com.
*I received free screeners in order to do this review (I am also a Disney+ subscriber). There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.