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How to Stay Young Looking Most of Your Life

Updated on September 25, 2012

How to Stay Young - Work on It!

A recent photo of the writer.  Tom weighs the same weight now as he did at twenty.  He still pumps-iron at the gym at 74 years of age, and still practises his yoga stretches.  He practices what he preaches here.   And yes, he is fit and well
A recent photo of the writer. Tom weighs the same weight now as he did at twenty. He still pumps-iron at the gym at 74 years of age, and still practises his yoga stretches. He practices what he preaches here. And yes, he is fit and well

To stay young it helps to know how to stay healthy

How to stay young most of your life might seem like an impossibility. It’s in the nature of things for us to travel from infancy to old age and for the body to change. The plump, tiny body grows big, bony and flabby. The moist, smooth skin of the baby becomes dry and wrinkled, This is true, of course, but it is the degree to which these changes take place that makes us look old before our time, or keeps us looking young and vigorous even though we might well be well over seventy- even eighty.

What brings on rapid aging?

So what influences the changes. What brings on rapid aging, or delays the ‘average’ process so that some people seem twenty years or more younger than they really are?

A lot has to do with genetics. We can’t get away from that. But I don’t want to get into that here. What we do know is that most people, at the age of, say, twenty to twenty-five look beautiful. Not classically beautiful as in looking like a glamorous film star, but certainly youthful: well proportioned, shapely. From there on, it seems, the rot sets in.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

How to stay young looking most of your life

So lets look at some ways in which we can keep ourselves young for as long as is practicable – and that can be a very long time. I will categorize this into two areas the latter of which is really the most important.

Firstly, we need to endeavour to remain healthy. How to do this? Most of us go through a stage of real self-bodily abuse. This usually happens in our late teens through to thirty or so when we think we are “bullet proof” when it comes to health. We nearly all do it: late nights, lots of booze, lots of take-away foods, and a devil-may-care attitude to safety. It’s quite normal. We are experiencing life. We want to taste it all.

It's okay, provided we balance it out

This is okay, provided we balance it out with plenty of exercise and healthy activities such as bush-walking, surfing, swimming, cycling, the sorts of things our, at that time, young bodies thrive on simply because we have so much surplus energy.

How to stay young looking most of our life?

Probably the best sorts of things we can do, and we need to keep these up for a lifetime, are weight-bearing exercises, such as pumping-iron at the gym, and stretch exercises such as yoga. These two keep our bodies strong, including our bones. Bones can become an issue later in life, so it pays to strengthen them up and keep them strong right throughout, and flexibility is a sign of a young body. Yoga stretching exercises, deep relaxation, that sort of thing, will counterbalance the toll taken by our youthful excesses. As I read many years ago “We are as young as our spines are flexible.”

How to stay young looking most of your life

But now we come to the most importance aspect of remaining young all of our lives. The secret? Well, it’s not really a secret, people have known about it for thousands of years. It is attitude. That is, having and maintaining the right attitude right throughout our life. We need to keep a young attitude.

What is a young attitude?

It is a philosophy of life. We develop a philosophy of life that inspires in us continuing hope. Today is great. Tomorrow will be just as great if not better.

Don't let the shortening of the years depress you

Generally, many people who have passed the pinnacle of their capacities, be those capacities physical, or mentally created, tend to become more an more depressed with the inevitability of the aging process. “What’s the point of it all?” they ask. And if you believe you come out of nowhere to go into nowhere; you’re a spark that flares and then dies, life can become very frustrating.

However, if you carry the belief that everything you learn of importance: qualities, talents, values, the quintessence, will be carried forward not only up until the end of your physical life, but beyond it into the great unknown, then your attitude will be much different. You will have a young attitude. For you will be of the opinion, the belief – and if you’re very fortunate – the knowing, that nothing of value is lost, and that you will emerge into your next life with all that you’ve brought forward in this.

How to stay young looking most of your life

Are our innate talents just a matter of the 'throw of the dice?'

Does this smack of Reincarnation?

Not necessarily. You might simply carry it into the next dimension and the next and the next, never to return to Planet Earth. Then again, maybe not. But it does seem very strange that there is so much written on Reincarnation. And it is difficult to explain why a child of eight can play some of the most difficult piano compositions with alacrity and flare, whilst another, who might have studied and played music for forty years cannot match him. Is it really just a throw of the dice, when it comes to our gene pool and genius?

No such thing as a gift - we earn it all

It has been said that there is no such thing as a gift, as far as abilities – and certainly genius – is concerned, but that we earn our so-called talents by lives previously lived where we’ve applied ourselves over and over to specific tasks. That the musical genius might have been a musician in a dozen lives before they were born into this one as a child prodigy.

Whether or not this is true is not the point here. Believing it to be so is. For if we can look at life this way, we will be enthused. We will have the right attitude. And we will be young right through to the very end of our time on this earth...at this time...

I hope you enjoyed reading How To Stay Young Looking Most of Your Life. 

Keep smiling.

Tom.

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    peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    look for silver lining in every aspect of your life, you will feel young again

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    Tom Ware 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Took me a long time to getting to look at this Hub again, so my apologies for not replying to your comments.

    I certainly agree with your views on taking on new skills, going new places and getting involved in new relationships. I agree, too, with your comments that it's hard to be a 'beginner' again. I will certainly bear all this in mind, for I tend to be a stickler to habit - as so many of us are. thanks for those insights.

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    watergeek 5 years ago from Pasadena CA

    There's another one, Tom, that I've been noticing lately, which is both exhilarating and frustrating. That is staying young by letting go of the past and learning new things - taking on new skills, going new places, meeting new people, getting involved in new relationships. The joy of it is in the excitement of renewal. The frustration is that it's hard to be a beginner again, when you like the expertise you've already developed in other areas. So it's important to create a balance . . . which i often forget to do. ;)

    Lots of material for thought in this hub, Tom. I do agree that staying young is very doable.

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