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Growing Older, How Do We Deal With This?

Updated on March 11, 2013

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Just what the topic says.

So many thoughts in my head about this subject. How can we live longer? What can we do to help ourselves to live longer? My thoughts on this subject vary. Of course there is eating right, and drinking lots of water. Exercise is awesome as well, as it will help us to stay Limber and supple, as well as helping the Diabetic people ( which now this really seems to be a huge problem). Also trying to keep a good attitude about life in general, and trying to make the most of each day. I will say right now, I don't believe in popping a bunch of pills that we really don't need. I am 53 years old, and I avoid any medication if at all possible. I know people need to be on meds, but how many are really necessary?

Okay lets start with eating right . I know that a lot of foods are bad for us, especially foods that have a lot of salt, sugar,fats and carbs, etc. But really we are going to eat whatever we want to. We always Justify it , by saying "I will only live once", might as well enjoy my life and do whatever makes me happy. It is so hard to find the right way to stay healthy. Even when we do, it seems like it is not enough.. We have become lazy. There are to many prepared foods out there, and they are an easy temptation for us. So next we will address this subject.

Everyday we face a challenge with the food we eat. So many prepackaged foods out there on the market, and it makes it hard, because we were all busy working, and raising our children. And it became a habit. So it is was easy to fall back on these products. Such as: TV dinners,Mac& Cheese,Pot Pies, oodels of noodles. We really need to "want" to try harder and make changes when it comes to eating right. Start out easy, maybe adding some fruit and veggies each day, and better breakfast cereal, something with fiber. and don't think by "popping a Vitamin" will do the trick, because it won't. Real food is the key. Though I have to say by all accounts, we must not eat to much red meat, as it is not good for us. My thoughts are eggs, chicken, walnuts, blueberries ( or any berries are good), fish, green leafy veggies, yogurt, milk, cheese. The list can just go on.

Exercise is very important! Without exercise our bodies will slow down, and stiffen up, and we will begin to see it little by little. We will chalk it up to getting older, but it does not have to be that way. Any way that we can incorporate exercise into our day will really help us in the long run. There are many ways to exercise. Choose one that you like, or something you used to do, but don't just jump into something headlong, start out slow. Maybe you can walk more, ride a bike ( even a stationary bike), buy a portable stair stepper ( I have one myself), and I love it. you can also buy an exercise ball, and learn how to use it, or take a class.. Also do a lot of stretching, as it will keep you limber. These are just a few suggestions.

Now here is a main component to staying young. Our frame of mind! Yes! Think about it. If you think old, then you will be old. Keep an upbeatness, and be happy. Make jokes, and do not take everything so serious. Lighten up, and try to remember what it used to be like when you were really much younger. As we age, we tend to get more serious, and lose that sense of fun like we used to have. And we really need to get that back. Especially if we have grandchildren. They don't want to be around fuddy duddy grandparents. Spend time with them, so things with them, even if it is silly, just have fun with them, and it will make you feel younger. You can even pop over to youtube for a pick me up, lots of fun stuff to look at there. I know it may sound strange, but I have a page there, and I make video's, and I was even brave and made video's of myself. Well I made up a character. It is fun never the less. I named her Henrietta B. Hucksmyer, and she is a hoot!

d don't forget to pamper yourself with little extra's , as it will really give you a nice little lift. Also why not put some music on and dance around?, Maybe while you clean the house or cook. Sing out loud. I do this a lot, especially when I am feeling down, and it takes my mind off of things for a little while, plus puts me in a better mood.

Well there you have it. My thoughts, and what I try to live by. Though bottom line.. Never give up on life, as it is just to precious! Thanks for reading!

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      Nancy Owens 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I especially liked that you encourage us to take responsibility for our health and our happiness by staying involved in life!

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      yes I know about getting older and who would have thought about this years ago. We all thought we would be young forever..old was for the old people...However we all get there God willing...And fortunately I have been eating right and exercising..it is the best insurance policy we have..Never too late. I see many of my friends ignoring the important ways to stay healthy...Thanks for sharing this..we all need this awareness.

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