Add Years to your Life – And Life to your Years!

 

One day I asked a friend if she’d like to live as long as George Burns. For those of you too young to remember him, he was a well-known comedian years ago who also played God in a couple of movies back in the seventies. God must have enjoyed his performances, because old George lived to be 100. He actually worked until he was in his mid-nineties! George also believed in having a good attitude about aging. He was credited with saying: “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My friend didn’t seem too keen on the idea of becoming a centenarian. She responded: “No, I don’t want to live to be 100. Can you imagine what I would look like if I was 100? Nobody would be my friend (mostly because they would all be dead). I would be lonely walking around my house with my walker, running into the wall and falling down. Do you know how hard it is for a person who is 100 to get up when they fall down??? I might lie there until I was 101!” (OK, I get the picture) Continue reading

7 Ways to R-E-S-P-E-C-T Yourself

 

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Rejuevenate by getting enough sleep to fill your individual needs. Why do we need sleep?  While we’re sleeping, our brain is kicking in to create connections between brain cells and increasing neuroplasticity, our brain’s ability to change and adapt Lack of sleep can actually make us age faster.* Continue reading

ABCs of Vital Aging: 10 Ways Become Ageless

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10 Ways to remain ageless

  • Become a friend of that woman in the mirror. Rather than bemoaning your lines and wrinkles, embrace your abilities. 
  • Make a choice to age well; change your words to change your life.
  • Remember that your chronological age doesn’t have to define you.  Internally, we are all ageless.
  • Never stop learning. 
  • Take care of yourself physically to avoid age-related diseases.
  • Take care of yourself emotionally.
  • Don’t give away your sense of self by doing what others expect you do to. 
  • Re-define aging for yourself; don’t fall prey to society’s old age stereotypes.
  • Respect those who are older than yourself; you’ll be there one day (unless, of course, you are denied the privilege of aging).
  • Become an advocate for an issue that is important to you. 

©2016 Vital Aging for Women

ABC’s of Vital Aging: Aerobic Exercise

My first foray into aerobic exercise involved attempting clumsy grapevines and half-assed jumping jacks with the fitness queen herself, Jane Fonda. My right foot had a field day, trying to figure out what my left food was doing.  Luckily, I exercised in front of my television set, and my family made themselves scarce at those times. I could aerobicize my way to my target heart rate with no audience. 

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5 Action Steps to take for your Health’s Sake

5 Ways to take positive action for your health’s sake

  • Make physical activity a part of your life.  Have you ever heard of NEAT  (non-exercise activity thermogenesis)? NEAT is simply all the things you do that burn calories throughout your day:  pace, fidget, lift and carry, stand, stretch, take a walk on your lunch break, climb stairs . . .believe it or not, simple movement can make a difference in our health. 

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