Do NOT ever consider yourself “old.” You are eternally youthful. Full of the vitality of life. It’s what we like most about you! While it’s the stereotype for when one hits the big, intimidating 60 life turns into rocking chairs, walkers, and adult diapers, it’s up to elder individuals, like your wonderfully lively self, to show generations behind you that you are just as assured and open for new experiences as they are. Now that may not consist of sprinting the Boston Marathon or skydiving over an African forest, but you can still work your mind and body daily to stay positively positive when keeping up with the rapidly accelerating world:
Now that we just rekindled your young, free spirit, we need to continue to replenish it. We can do this by continuously keeping your brain engaged. If you have a job that is mentally stimulating then you are already in good shape. It is easy to maintain higher brain function when you are intelligently using your brain on a daily basis. Higher levels of education have also been linked to increased brain tissue which is theorized to delay dementia. So what if you didn’t get the opportunity to receive higher education? You’re no less smart than anyone who did. Take up a mentally stimulating hobby! Crossword puzzles, rummy, maybe even a little writing here and there. You can even get to more specific and talented task. Playing an instrument, learning a new language, or how about finally trying to solve the equation of those horribly frustrating Rubik’s Cubes? Accomplish on more thing you have always wanted to do and now have all of the time you need. And have fun with it!
Rock Your Number
It’s time to take pride in your age! When you spend too much time sitting in an audience where the performer is a sad, old clown miming his horrid depression of his age, then the negativity of getting older can age you to what everyone expects. Wrinkled… Withered… Wasteful… PROVE THEM WRONG! A researcher at Yale found in his studies that elders that tend to be more exposed to negative stereotypes about getting old did worse on memory tests than elders that are typically exposed to positive outlooks. Keep your roller-full head high!
Yes, yes, yes. We all know dieting is important. But isn’t that just for “young people?” We’ve done our time. We deserve to indulge in chocolate cake and black raspberry ice cream every day from here on out! Well, not so fast. Your body got you to this point. It would be a great kindness to treat it like royalty at this point. If that still makes you guffaw, then know that science experiments found a diet that include many foods that were high in saturated fats caused elders to do worse on memory tests. For the good of your brain, eat a salad from time to time.
Get In Shape
20 minutes. It’s all you need three times a week. 20 minutes of rigorous exercise. It is reported that those continuously inactive are 82% more likely to get Alzheimer’s disease. 82%! You can fix that by, a total of 1 hour A WEEK of some running, jumping, and sit ups. Such a little change like that could give you a decade or more of a better lifestyle than if you stay on that chair after reading this blog. So eat healthy, do a few jumping jacks, and do a few more crossword puzzles, and you can be just as, if not more, youthful than two or three generation behind you!
For more tips to keep yourself a 20 year old in a 70 year old body, you can read the full US News & World Report here.