Just because we put another candle on the cake each year, doesn’t mean we have to feel older.
I’ve had a policy since I turned 40: “I don’t know how to act like a 40-year old, so I’ll just keep doing what I’ve been doing.” That has served me well. I’m 67 and played volleyball with my 13-year-old niece last week and nothing hurt the next day!
Here are 7 Tips for Staying Young, Vigorous, and Vital for as Long as You Live:
Slow the aging process with a walk.
Penn State University scientists found that human levels of serotonin, the brain neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite, sleep, and blood pressure, naturally decrease with age, often resulting in depression, anxiety, and hardening of the arteries. Exercise is a great way to boost your serotonin levels. Make it a habit to take a brisk walk every day to keep your arteries healthy and eliminate feelings of sadness and fatigue.
Do something different.
Recent research shows that we humans are extremely habitual. This becomes problematic when those habits are unhealthy. Create a new behavior or do an existing one a little differently and you’ll begin to get into the habit of expanding your horizons which will help you create new habits more easily. Some easy changes are: brush your teeth with the opposite hand, drive a different way home, use your other ear to listen on the phone.
Be more compassionate with yourself.
At Living Lite, we teach that you always do the best you can; when you can do better, you will. So, when you have self-critical thoughts or impatience, just tell yourself, “I’m doing the best I can.” And Lighten Up on yourself a bit today.
New research shows that singing reduces stress, helps you breathe better and can even boost your self-esteem. I love the old Motown tunes. Love to dance to them as well, alone with the curtains closed!
Chew sugar-free gum to keep your brain functioning better.
According to a study conducted by the University of Northumbria, chewing gum has a positive effect on thinking, memory, and other cognitive functions. Andrew Scholey, Ph.D., of the University’s Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, attributes this effect to a mild increase in heart rate, which results in increased delivery of oxygen and glucose to the brain and thereby improves cognition. Who knew?
Include friends in your weight loss or “get healthy” plans.
Support is crucial to losing weight and making fitness a permanent part of your life. Support provides motivation, inspiration and an outlet for frustration so you don’t turn to food for comfort. Research shows that those who live longest and stay engaged in life are those with close friends and relatives.
Enjoy some art or architecture.
When was the last time you went to an art gallery, museum, or simply walked down the street and appreciated the public works of art that surround many of us? Viewing art is a wonderful way to raise your spirits. Paintings, sculpture, and architecture can please the senses and nourish your Spirit.
All the above ideas are easy to do.
Pick out one or two and play with them this week. You can often combine them: Take a friend to a museum you think you both would enjoy or invite a friend to take a walk with you. I have a standing walk date with a woman I went to high school with. It’s so much fun sharing with someone you have a history with. Most of all, have fun.
Nothing keeps you young, vigorous, and vital than laughing and enjoying yourself.
Here’s to the best you!