“ Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. ” ~ Samuel Ullman
Somewhere around mid-life many people notice their memory is not what it once was. We wonder where we put our glasses, or what it was that we came into the kitchen for. Some find they do not have the stamina that they had even ten years ago and cannot stay up as late.
All of these are signs of the aging process, but we do not have to take them lying down.
There are many things that can be done to counteract the effects of age. Basically, these follow the principal that says, “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.”
Physical activity is extremely important as we age. Cardiovascular exercise keeps the heart and lungs strong, weight bearing exercise keeps the muscles strong, and stretching exercises keep the muscles flexible.
Having interests that keep the mind engaged and alert keep it young. Doing activities like crossword puzzles or soduko keep it sharp. Reading and keeping up with world events keep one living in the present, rather than re-living the past.
Relationships with others are also important. If there is not sufficient involvement with friends and family, get out and join a group or volunteer. It is also good to have something to take care of, be it a pet or a plant.
To a certain extent, aging is a state of mind. If one worries about or focuses on aging, and what is being lost, this will intensify the experience of aging. On the other hand, if we focus on keeping active in all areas and thinking young, then we will both feel and appear younger.
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