Good evening to you, dear friends, 😀
One of the things that I like to do to unwind and relax is to read every page (except the sports and classifieds) of my newspapers. 😀 Today, I came across this wonderful article on aging well and I just had to write about it here for your reading interest.
Let’s be realistic – we all get older. So, we really have 2 choices – resent and moan about it – or try to find a way of staying fit and healthy for as long as we can. We can also try to be happy as much as possible ( I will write another post on How to be Happy later on) because when we are happy, then our face will light up and belies our age, right? 😆
On how to age well, here are some guidelines that we can follow :-
“Jan Etherington’s 12-Step Common Sense Guide to Growing Older”
1) Look after your teeth
Our gums are now receding faster than the Artic ice shelf. Better to take care of those teeth before they start dropping off faster than you can count 1, 2, 3!
2) Keep the stairs
If you are about to exchange contracts on a bungalow, DON’T! Keep the stairs in your life for as long as you can, for the sake of your legs, hips and knees and for great cardiovascular exercise.
Swimming is a life long exercise and the water cushions all your joints. It gives you stamina and flexibility. Get goggles. Learn how to swim properly and you can outpace all those 20-something lads, which is a great ego boost.
4. Accept invitations
Go out. Be sociable. Say “YES” to things that are out of your “comfort zone.” An opera, on a boat, in the North Sea? Fantastic! 😀
5. Stop moaning
Don’t complain about your health all the time. If someone asks, “How are you?” The answer should be: “Great! How are you?” It’s always the ones with minor creaks and ailments who never stop talking about themselves.
We all have friends with quite serious illnesses and, without exception, they deal with it with far more grace and humour than moaners.
6. Don’t join the gym
Nine times out of 10, you can get all the exercises you need without an expensive membership, a free towel and a huge amount of guilt (because you haven’t been since April!). Just get out your walking boots or a bike. 😀
7. Eat your greens
Yes, it does make sense, I’m afraid. In childhood, we were force-fed cabbage (along with cod liver oil) but isn’t it interesting that most of us are starting to like greens as we get older? Maybe this is Nature’s way of keeping us healthy. 😉
8. Nag your husband
“One of the annoying things about Gerald,” said my friend Kate, “is that he drops off to sleep after the lunchtime news. He says, ‘Winston Churchill always take a power nap.’ I say, “Yes, well, he had power. He was running the country. All you’ve got to remember to do is to take the garbage out.'”
Women who nag their husbands are less likely to die of heart disease. Do you need another reason? It’s fun! 😆
9. Be Positive
We all know people who never have a good word to say about anyone or anything. They make my shoulders slump and my spirits fall. If you have friends like that, dump them. It’s tough getting older without being surrounded by negative miseries. 😦
10. Drink water
It flushes the system, it makes the skin look good and it’s free!
It doesn’t have to cost the earth but it should have a sun protection factor of at least 15.
12. Drink red wine
Common sense tells me that it is good for me. If it isn’t, I’ll let you know when I reach 100! 😆
– c. Telegraph Group Ltd, London
Jan Etherington is a woman who is in her 50’s, and last month, she spent a week together with her four younger sisters (who are also in their 50’s) learning how to sail a yacht in Greece. They were pretty impressed with their stamina and agility and thanked their lucky stars that their mother, who is now in her 80’s, set a good example and enjoyed “keeping fit” until only a few years ago.
Here is wishing us a good and joyous journey in aging well! 😀
Many blessings, love and light,