Many people fear becoming old. To them it is a life full of creaking bones and doctor visits. This may be true, but their lives contain much more vitality than that. When growing older, one can experience love with a spouse maturing even deeper and the joy of spending time with grandchildren.
As we age, everyday things such as bending over to pick things up or everyday activities like putting groceries in the car can become painful chores. Pain from arthritis and many other effects of aging can really make life difficult. While you are working on diet, supplementation and fitness to alleviate the condition, don’t be afraid to ask for help while shopping or doing other everyday chores. You deserve it!
Many people attribute living to a ripe old age to having a good sense of humor! Life can get you down, but if you can laugh about it, you stand a good chance of living longer. Laughter is healthy. It increases oxygen intake and makes you feel happy!
Physical activity is necessary to keeping your body feeling young even as you age. Find an exercise routine that works for you. Challenge yourself with strength training, jogging, even water exercise. It’s good for aging joints! Exercising can help you feel as young as you want to be!
Wonderful memories will be produced by getting out of the house and traveling. You may not have the budget or the health to go on long vacations but just getting out of the house and going to the mall, park or theater is going to make you feel like life is worth living.
A critical factor to prevent aging and increase lifespan is to not smoke. Smoking destroys the body and speeds up the aging process. Smoking is the easiest way to look older and shorten your lifespan at the same time. It causes disease, ages the skin, and is overall one of the main preventable killers known to man.
Aging well depends on knowing the right time to step back from some things. You have always cleaned the chimney yourself. Now perhaps, it is time to let a professional do it. It may make you feel incompetent, but you must get over that. You don’t want to risk a fall and be laid up for weeks or months, trying to heal. There is wisdom in doing as much as you can do and knowing your limitations.
See a doctor every year. This is generally suggested for everyone, but as you age it becomes even more important to be under a doctor’s care at least once a year. As the body gets older, there are things that will start to happen that you may not be used to, and having a doctor check your progress is a great idea.
Growing older makes lives not distasteful but rather richer, like a finely aged wine. Traveling through life with a beloved partner and interacting with your child’s offspring are enjoyable moments that younger generations cannot experience themselves for a time. Remember to count your blessings, for all have something to rejoice in.