Are you starting to feel your age?
I’ve hit my forties and really for the first time in my life I’m having to start to think about ways to stay young.
I want to be sure I’m in good physical shape later in my life so I can enjoy the fruits of retirement. I want to travel, play with my future grandchildren and generally stay active, but to do this I need to remain in great physical and mental shape.
Therefore, I’ve taken a greater interest in how to stay young. Staying active and healthy for as long as possible is a big part of living life to the fullest.
The Ways I Plan to Stay Young As I Get Older
I get tired of seeing grandmas dressing like twenty year olds. This is not what I mean when I say that I want to stay young. I’m also not into plastic surgery or what I consider to be other extreme ways of trying to preserve youthful looks. This is vanity taken too far.
I believe a person should act their age, I just don’t think they should have to feel old. I want to be sure that I have the energy, health and mental acuity to live an active, vibrant life for many years to come even if I start wearing my dress socks with my shorts.
I’ve decided to focus on a dozen simple ways to keep myself feeling young as I get older. Here is what I plan to do:
1. Eat Foods with High Nutritional Value
I plan to include the eight best foods to eat every day in my regular diet. However, I’m also going to look for other foods that have high nutritional value. I want to avoid foods that are fatty and contribute to heart disease. I also want to control my calorie intake. I don’t want to get crazy, but I do want to feed my body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
2. Exercise to Keep My Heart Healthy and Body Strong
Mainly, I ride a stationary bike 4 to 5 times per week for about 20 to 25 minutes per session for good cardiovascular health. However, I need to add some upper body strength training to my routine. Staying strong is important as one grows older. My wife has found that Wii Fit is a great addition to a physical fitness plan.
3. Read Variety of Good Books to Stay Sharp
Reading is a very easy thing for me to do because I enjoy it immensely. The good news is that there are a number of benefits we derive from reading books. Primarily, it helps us to keep our minds sharp and to stay abreast of the latest trends. If you are looking for examples of what to read, I highlight a lot of great books in my Resources for Super-Charged Living and also in 5 Incredible Books That Changed My Life.
4. Maintain a Positive and Enthusiastic Attitude
It is common to hear that people grow old and bitter. I definitely want to avoid this. I believe our thoughts have incredible power over our lives. Henry Ford said, “Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.” I want to keep my attitude positive and enthusiastic as I grow older. I believe this will afford me the best life possible.
5. Engage Children and Young Adults in Activities
One powerful way to keep feeling young is to surround yourself with young people. Their energy, enthusiasm and liveliness tends to be infectious. I know that my two young daughters help to keep my wife and I moving. The activities we engage in as a family and with other young families are good exercise and feed our minds the message that we are young and active.
6. Spend Plenty of Time Outdoors
Nature is rejuvenating. When you are outside, you are naturally active. Sitting down and becoming a couch potato is the quickest way to grow old fast. Your body and your mind deteriorate when they are idle. Fresh air, sunshine and the sounds of nature are stimulating. One of my favorite things to do outdoors is go for an invigorating hike.
7. Cultivate a Good Sense of Humor
There are some really amazing health benefits to laughing more often. I think we have to work to cultivate our sense of humor throughout our lives. Being witty is an important part of being charming and charming people build more relationships. Laughing and having supportive relationships are two essential ways to beat stress which is a major factor in aging.
8. Discover New Hobbies for Continual Learning
Hobbies help us to stay mentally and physically active. One day I hope to start a saltwater aquarium. I love the ocean and diving so this is a way that I can bring a piece of it home with me to admire daily. The desire to learn new things is an essential part of staying mentally sharp. As an added bonus, you may be able to generate some extra income from your hobbies.
9. Practice Gratitude Daily
Practicing gratitude is very important to me. Reminding ourselves of all that we have to be thankful for helps to make us happy and keep us positive. I believe gratitude is important no matter what your age, but as we grow older it helps us to remember how rich and fulfilling of a life we truly have. Practicing gratitude helps us to maintain the proper mental attitude which directly impacts our physical health as well.
10. Teach and Encourage Others in Worthy Matters
A great way to feel useful and significant is to share your wisdom and experience with others. Knowing that you still have value and can contribute in a positive way to the life of others really helps one to stay young. Many people greatly underestimate their value as they age. Getting involved in teaching people a useful skill, hobby or concept is a fantastic way to feel young.
11. Challenge Self to Take New Risks
As we grow older, we often become more conservative and less willing to take risks. We need to continually push ourselves outside our comfort zone in order to fight becoming stagnate. The best way to overcome fear is to plow right through it! Think about starting your own business or learning to scuba dive or traveling to Europe. One or more of these will help you to feel young and alive!
12. Continue Quest to Live Life to Its Fullest
For me, I know that living life to the fullest is a life-long quest. It is something that I will never give up on. I also know that it will help me to stay young at heart. It pushes me to test the boundaries and to follow my sense of curiosity. Life certainly doesn’t end when you reach 40, 50, 60, 70 or even 80! Many people have accomplished amazing things late in life. Growing older is inevitable, but we can never stop living!
What are you doing to stay young as you get older?
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