Aging well is up to you

It seems many people are frightened of aging. And I understand–in a way.
Sometimes bad things happen to people as they age. But, on the other hand, I don’t understand.
Since a young woman, I have looked forward to getting old. My role models are my grandmother, my mother, and my mother’s brother, Lee.
My grandmother died at 72, my mother died at 82, and Lee at 92.
My grandmother and mother died “with their boots on.” And Lee was vivacious and youthful until he tried to fix a curled up rug in a restaurant so no one would fall.
Sadly, he fell and broke his hip.
My goal is to follow in their footsteps–maybe until 102!
How fortunate we are to live in the 21st century! A century ago, life expectancy was less than 50 years and now it is approaching 80.
Just imagine that! You may have 30 more years than your great-grandparents.
Thirty years to enjoy your grandchildren and travel. Thirty years to write the novel in your head that is begging to be written or to have weekly coffee with your friends.
And with the help of our superb medical system, we now have not only a longer life but a healthier life.
But you can’t rely on doctors entirely. It’s up to you to take charge of your own healthy aging!
In her book “77 Outrageously Effective Anti-Aging Tips & Secrets,” Amy Waldow says that lifestyle choices make a difference in your longevity and quality of life.
A lot of difference!
She says only 30 percent of how well we age and how long we live is controlled by genetics. That means 70 percent of aging well is related to lifestyle.
In other words, it’s up to you!
This book is full of health tips for a person of any age. Many of the tips you already know, but we all need reminders.
Like the importance of exercise and drinking lots of water. And keeping your stress level under control.
She says, “Stress is one of the most serious concerns today,” says Waldow. “Known as the ‘silent killer,’ stress causes us to age prematurely.”
Obviously, stress is part of everyday life. But learn to cope. Get some exercise, take a long walk in the woods, and “breathe.” Take long deep breaths and relax.
As for water, Waldow calls water the “ultimate anti-aging tonic.” She reminds us to drink seven glasses a day.
Next Waldow recites the “power foods.” You know them: lots of veggies, especially cruciferous, plenty of fibre (whole grains, lentils, beans, and ground flax seeds), blueberries, and healthy fats such as salmon and extra-virgin olive oil.
Stay away from the “white foods,” especially sugar.
And one fun suggestion from Waldow is “De-Stress with Chocolate.” Dark, of course.
This is just a sampling of the 77 tips in this helpful book that can boost your immune system, make your bones strong, and keep your spirits up.
Remember, 70 percent of aging well is up to you. So, make self-care a top priority. Be proactive about your health. Laugh your troubles away and make friends.
Enjoy life as you age! And whatever your age, try to learn something new every day!
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