Never Seems to Age
Have you ever seen a family member, neighbor, or family friend who Never Seems to Age? This individual just seems to skate through life as though time stood still. Every time you see them, you cannot help but comment on how this person has not changed one bit.
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Do you think that aging gracefully is something that you are genetically predisposed to or is it something that is available to just a lucky few?
Well, perhaps this was true many decades ago, but today we know better. There certainly are ways to age gracefully, and the choice is ours.
The Physical Body
It makes sense that if you take care of your physical body now, it will take care of you later. Then, you will be the one who never seems to age.
I spent all of my 30s in a state of morbid obesity. When I turned 42 I decided to have weight-loss surgery. For the pure and simple fact that I didn’t want to waste any more of my remaining youth. My 40s were going to be vibrant, I wanted my mobility back. I lost approximately 190 lbs.
Now, I’m 53 years old and I feel better than when I was 33 years old. What’s the lesson here? It’s this; What you do in your 30s will affect your 40s and what you do in your 40s will affect your health in your 50s and so on.
If you eat properly, exercise, and get enough fresh air and sunshine, you will more than likely be healthier as you age. Using sunscreen and staying hydrated at all times is essential to feeling your optimum best as well. You’ll be the individual who Never Seems to Age.
Your physical body is like a building that houses your being. You are responsible for what comes into that building. Eating right is part of the plan to protect yourself from the pitfalls of aging.
Everything from your eyesight to your muscles and joints will respond to the conditions you choose for your bodies natural course of aging.
Do More Automate Less
Wash your own car, instead of driving through the car wash. Ride a bike and drive a little less often. Have a park nearby? Walk instead of drive. Whatever you can do to move your body more, the better off you will be.
Americans love their convenient lifestyle. For example, driving to the corner market for milk and eggs, tossing a healthy frozen entree into the microwave for lunch, or hiring the local teenager to mow the yard and finally, drive through coffee. We are used to having so much at our convenience that it’s just expected. Being physically active goes a long way toward being the person who Never Seems to Age.
Sometimes a gym can help when you need an easy way to get exercise. A home gym or a public gym or both are excellent options.
However, the more positive input such as whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables, the better chance you give that physical body of aging gracefully.
The Spiritual Body
Just about every individual has some type of spirituality – not necessarily a religion, but a spiritual point of view. For example, doing the right thing, helping others, being part of a family and a community are all spiritual habits.
Being spiritually minded and active is an excellent way to stay in touch with and give back to your community. It provides many health benefits as well. Just because you are aging or have aged, does not mean that you are not still a vital part of a community.
There are many ways you can be spiritual even if you are not a religious person or have one set of specific beliefs.
Take on Being Altruistic
When you are being altruistic, essentially you are taking on care and concern for others without too much thought about yourself. Making your life about others can help in many ways.
First of all, thinking about and helping others takes the focus off you and your ailments. When you give back, you have the ability to focus on someone else rather than yourself. It passes the time as well.
You may have just retired, be in your older years or even in your middle years in the aging process. Wherever you are, it is never too late to think about being altruistic.
Take Time to Participate in Your Community
If you are part of a church or organization, make sure to take time out for worship or fellowship within your community. You will be amazed at how many others your age (wherever you are at) have similar likes, interests, and needs.
When you have a sense of community, the benefit is that often times you have a sense of self. This benefits you as it makes you feel like a part of something vital and alive.
Participating in your community gives you a sense of purpose. It also allows you to set the example of being someone who Never Seems to Age.
Staying Employed or Volunteering
Keeping busy and feeling useful is paramount when it comes to anti-aging. I have heard several accounts where a family friend retired from work. The next thing you know, their mental and physical health rapidly declined because a sense of purpose had been lost.
Isolation after retirement is a problem. Everyone needs to feel connected and have a sense of belonging. Along with this same line of thinking is the need to learn and to feel that we are continuing to develop and grow.
If you continue to reach out to others, especially as you age, you will be the definition of aging gracefully.
The Mental Body
How vital and vibrant your mind depends on how you treat it as you age. If you fill your head with negative talk or surround yourself with negative situations and individuals, your body and your aging process will show this.
One point made by the National Academies report is a bit less obvious: The physical groundwork for dementia, and even for less drastic levels of mental decline, are likely laid years — and possibly decades — before symptoms of cognitive difficulty become evident.
That fact, increasingly borne out in research, underscores the importance of lifelong habits in delaying or preventing cognitive decline and dementia. The best studies of blood pressure and dementia, for instance, suggest that people who manage their hypertension in their mid-30s see a benefit well into old age.
But dementia’s long gestation also means that researchers will need to test interventions for cognitive diseases in younger and younger subjects. That will require identifying people at higher risk of developing cognitive problems as they age and ensuring their participation in clinical trials.
And, because it will take decades for many of these trials to yield conclusive results, young people intent on improving their long-term cognitive health will have to act on recommendations that aren’t yet grounded in unshakable science. (LA Times, Melissa Healy)
That’s all for today friends. Finally, I hoped this post “Never Seems to Age” helped you. I would be so appreciative if would take a moment to share this post with your favorite social media outlet. Please feel free to leave your comments and share your healthy aging tips.
I’m Karen with Embracing Aging,
Reminding you to embrace your age.