Aging gracefully requires you to accept that you’re getting older, and to know that it’s okay. Change is what it’s all about, and you can handle whatever comes because of all of your experience. Aging gracefully requires wisdom ,flexibility, and acceptance. It also requires a willingness to take good care of your health.
Exercise every day, no matter what. Change the exercises you do as needed. For example, if basketball and tennis start causing pain in your joints, then start tai chi and a recumbent exercise bike. The point is to keep moving in any way you can. Adapt your exercise routine to your body’s changes.
Eat fruit and vegetables a lot. Eat things that you especially enjoy that are also healthful. Lots of salads and stir fries, lean protein, and cool watermelon slices. Eat a little cake and ice cream as long as you’re truly enjoying it. Now there’s little leeway for overeating, so make the things you choose to have worth it. If you tend to under eat, make sure you don’t forget to have some food.
Do It Now
Do the things you’ve always wanted to do. If not now, then when? Go ahead and take that hot air balloon ride, or start that business you’ve always wanted to have. Take some risks, and schedule exciting things to look forward to on a regular basis.
Keep learning. Read, take classes, keep up with technology. Use technology. Hire a younger person to teach you how to use it. Create new things with what you’ve learned. Travel. Make up your mind to accept and embrace change.
Make sure you are connected with people. Invite others to do things with you. Make a phone call to talk with someone every day. Sign up for trips and activities. Make an effort to keep up with your family and friends. Consider joining a club or social group. Practice your spiritual tradition.
Tips and Warnings:
‘¢ Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative. ~Maurice Chevalier, New York Times, 9 October 1960
‘¢ Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. ~Bob Hope
‘¢ Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. ~Herbert Asquith
‘¢ Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. ~Martin Buxbaum
‘¢ None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. ~Henry David Thoreau
‘¢ To know how to grow old is the master-work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living. ~Henri Amiel
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