Friday, October 8, 2010

Do You Know the Secrets of Aging Well?

Here are 11 wise and simple tips for feeling your healthy best, no matter what your age!

Adapted from 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself, by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Books, 1999).

1. Do you get enough sleep? Getting plenty of quality, sound sleep allows your body to rest, recharge, repair, and replenish so you’ll be rarin’ to go the next day.
2. Are you inspired by life? Picking up a new hobby, finding a new challenge, or reading more will stimulate your brain.
3. Are you a “people person?” When we reach out and try to help someone every day, we feel more engaged with life.
4. Do you pace yourself? Racing though life can be stressful and aging. When we slow down and become more mindful of our activities, we enjoy them more.
5. Do you have a pet? Studies show that pet owners live healthier, happier, less stressful lives.
6. Do you hydrate? Dry skin ages prematurely, so using a good moisturizing lotion is always a good idea. So is drinking 8 glasses of water every day! (I just can't drink that much. I do eat lots of fruits and veggies--they contain water.)
7. Do you protect your skin from prolonged exposure to the sun? Although studies show that we need 10 minutes of unprotected sun every day, more than that (even with sunscreen) can be damaging. Remember: sunscreen is your friend!
8. Do you eat fresh, whole foods? Real, unprocessed food is what our bodies need. Junky empty calories may satisfy a temporary craving, but the whole stuff is what keeps us feeling and looking our best. (Cut out the sugar, soda and salt.)
9. Do you exercise daily? Keep moving to keep joints flexible, heart healthy, skin glowing, and energy-levels high. (10,000 steps everyday--start small, work your way up--set a goal.)
10. Do you have a positive attitude? This is probably the single most important determining factor for living a long and happy life. Pollyanna was right: think positive!
11. Have you simplified your life? Knowing what really matters and putting your time and energy there is a great help for living fully. It’s not the material things that bring true happiness, it’s friends, family, good food, pets, and time spent doing things you most enjoy.

What's on your list of things you most enjoy? (time with grandkids and dark chocolate!)

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1 comment:

Candace said...

Hi Carol! What a great blog you have here! I've been looking around and reading some of your interesting posts. I found your blog via the Boost My Blog hop and I'm now your newest follower. I look forward to reading more and getting to know you! Have a great weekend, Candace

btw...time with grandchildren and dark chocolate definitely should be on the list. :0)


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