Growing Old Gracefully

As I enter the second half of my life, I have decided that I am fine with growing older when it means having a few more wrinkles or some grey hair.  What I want to prevent, however, is slowing down both physically and mentally to a degree that I find unacceptable.  My plan is to stay fit, healthy and active until my last breath and also continue to learn and grow both intellectually and spiritually.  Here are a few things I have learned along the way to support and encourage my journey:

  • Never stop learning.  There are so many tools available to continue your quest for knowledge either in your chosen career or leisure.  Learn another language, a musical instrument, take a college class or volunteer for a worthy cause.

  • Keep moving.  Exercise is truly the fountain of youth.  As we age, regular exercise becomes even more important for strength, flexibility, balance and bone density.  Studies also show that exercise also keeps your mind sharp and prevents memory loss

  • Eat your vegetable, lean meats and healthy oils.  A diet rich in the right macronutrients, vitamins and minerals will keep your skin, hair, bones, joints and muscles healthy.

  • Keep your weight within a normal range.  Most chronic disease are obesity related and can be easily prevented with proper diet and exercise.

  • Drink lots of water which keeps your muscles and skin supple and flexible

  • Limit alcohol intake.  A glass of red wine a day may have some health benefit,  two is probably neutral and 3 or more alcoholic drinks a day with have negative health effects

  • Never, ever, ever smoke anything.

  • Have daily quiet time for meditation or prayer to keep your mind clear and your spirit connected.

  • Surround yourself with people you love and those who motivate and support you.  There is nothing better than the synergy of people on the same path in the journey