The other day I was thinking about my age. As the months and days creep closer to reaching 60, I find that instead of feeling OLD and TIRED, that I have more energy and joie de vivre than I did some 20 or 30 years ago. I know that much of it has to do with having a renewed passion for life.
The nuts & bolts of staying young
A healthy lifestyle and diet, a balanced sense and appreciation of self, regular exercise, adequate sleep, proper hydration, and taking the right vitamins (and minerals); are the closest thing we can come to as the “fountain of youth.” At 20, I lived on junk food, gin & tonic, and late nights out at the clubs, but at 50-something I’ve developed BETTER eating, sleeping, and especially “ME TIME” habits. When compared to my 20-year old self, I’m younger… even at the cellular level (it helps that I quite smoking when I was in my mid-20’s).
Looking back, I remember thinking of some of my parents friends as being OLD, but my mom was so full of life, and other than the fact that she was my PARENT, I never thought of her at as an OLD woman.
Today I know that we are not only looking sharper, firmer, and more attractive; but we are outpacing our chronological 20-year old counterparts in physical and mental prowess. Look at me…I seem to hold my own VERY well in the online world of blogging, when most of my fellow bloggers grew up in the internet age, and are in their late 20’s to early 30’s. I’m just as comfortable as they are, and my opinion is even sought after when it comes to the “how to” of building a blogging business.
There is definitely truth in the statement, “you are as young as you feel.”
As a paid writer for Puritan’s Pride, not only do I share what I’ve learned, but I’m also learning a LOT by reading my fellow blogger’s posts. I’ve learned that so much of what manifests itself physically as aging is due to stress and bad habits. How many times have you seen someone who is fifty and find it unbelievable because you thought they were much younger ? On the flip side; how many times have you seen someone thirty years old or so, and just about went into shock because you thought they looked so much older, and worn out?
I know that there are still so many things that I can do to improve my “real” age (not just the number dictated by my birth certificate), like eating a better diet, exercising more, and taking the proper supplements for my age.
Fifty is definitely the new thirty as long as you take care of yourself. People like Jack Lalanne proved this fact. Also, even with the financial ability to do cosmetic surgeries; some fifty-plus year old celebrities decide to let their youthfulness shine through naturally. Pierce Brosnan, Terence Trent D’Arby, George Clooney, Christie Brinkley, Iman, and so many others are proof that fifty is without a doubt; the new thirty!
For more about how to stay Healthy Over Fifty. Check out my posts on Puritan’s Pride Healthy Perspectives.