We seem to be in a state of denial about aging and it doesn't bode well for our future. We're living longer than ever and sadly, most Americans outlive the quality of their lives. We have dreams of traveling in retirement, but too often end up so physically deconditioned that we watch the travel channel instead or opt for chartered bus tours that demand little physical exertion.
Truth is, no matter our age, every day we are fortunate enough to be able to look at ourselves in the mirror, we are a day older than the reflection we saw staring back at us the day before.
Instead of lamenting aging, let's celebrate it! But let's also plan for our futures with care and intention. Like putting money away in a 401k plan, let's be intentional with our physical care so we can enjoy an active and quality final third of our lives.
Our daily lifestyle choices about what we eat, how we move and how we manage stress sends messages to our cells about aging. What messages are you sending to your body? Love and care and respect? Or neglect and disregard? The typical sedentary lifestyle and standard American diet are such that most people's bodies are not just aging poorly--they are rusting and rotting from low levels of ongoing abuse and neglect.
It needn't be this way. But we must take the wheel and drive. Good news is we can make changes at any time and turn the tide in a major way.
On Tuesday evening, October 9, you're invited to attend a free wellness discussion I'm leading as part of a quarterly wellness series at the Maplewood Library. We'll explore all about Aging Boldly
Whether you are 40, 50, 60 or better, you'll be inspired to be a more proactive caretaker of your physical self. You're sure to leave feeling empowered to embrace whole health and make positive shifts toward greater well-being.
To your good health!
Certified Whole Health Coach
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer