Like so many things in life staying healthy and aging well takes some planning and effort.
Now that you are at a time in your life where you have more time for yourself make staying healthy your focus. It doesn’t just happen because you want it to and you can’t just cross your fingers and say I hope I will be healthy in my senior years! You have a lot more control than you think!
Yes, people will say “well it is the luck of the draw you can’t prevent disease and accidents from affecting your health.”. The real truth is that if you are staying fit and living a healthy lifestyle you are less likely to get sick and may recover much faster. Taking care of yourself is one of the most rewarding and important things you can do for yourself.
So where do you start? Being conscious of choosing better foods, hydrating daily, moving your body via any form of exercise (even dancing right in the middle of your day), keeping your mind active by keeping up with your hobbies and interests. All of these things together improve your health day by day. When you improve your health, you improve your quality of life.
Many of you tell me you want to make changes to age well but do not know where to start; that you have lost sight of goals in your life and feel irrelevant or invisible. Maybe this is because your lack of doing has made you invisible or irrelevant to yourself. Make yourself and you aging your new goal. Focus on yourself! Each day take steps to turn that focus into achievements regarding your aging process. Whether by eating healthier, exercising, meditating, learning something new or beginning a new hobby.
“YOU” should be your new goal and being the best you can be at every age, your new purpose in life. Instead of hiding from aging and pretending aging isn’t happening steer your own course. Aging is changing and so are you every day. You get to decide whether the changes will be negative or positive.
Guest Blog Author
I am a seventy-six year old Business Woman, Artist and Former Model residing in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY. I have maintained a daily Yoga and Exercise practice for over 35 years. When I am not working in my office or my gym you will find me in my art studio. It is my goal to inspire women of all ages to continue to feel confident, relevant and enthusiastic about life. I truly believe that aging is changing.