As I work with clients that are older and wiser than myself, I’m discovering that aging really has nothing to do with age. The old adage that you’re only as old or young as you feel holds true for many seniors. Those of us in our thirties and forties can really learn a thing or two from the Boomers who refuse to slow down.
There are 65 year olds training to run their first marathons. I know a 72-year-old that can work circles around guys half his age. They have chosen to live life to the fullest and to age gracefully. So the next question is how did they not only stay fit but continue to get stronger with each passing year?
- They were active as children
- They remained active during most of their adult life
- They never stop learning new things
- They have developed healthy lifestyle habits
- They know age does not dictate what they can do
We could all benefit from spending a few hours hanging out with seniors who have learned how to maintain their health and stamina throughout their lifetime. There are too many young people, who look twice their age and suffer from ailments that they should not have. The truth is that many of the illnesses and disabilities that are associated with aging can be avoided by making a few simple lifestyle changes today.
The Little Things You Can Do Today
- Forget how old you are and pay attention to how old you feel.
- Identify the changes you need to make in order to enjoy a better quality of life, now and in the future.
- Determine today to put an end to any chronic diseases that you have been dealing with.
- Invest in your health in some way. Buy healthier foods, buy a pair of walking shoes, or sign up for a fitness class.
Until Next Week,
Nicole D.P. McLaughlin, PT
- Aging Gracefully (projecteve.com)
- AgePower and the Quest to Help Boomers Age Gracefully (inc.com)
- Opinion – Growing old (dis)gracefully: Choice for the late middle age. (24dash.com)