Today 60 is Easily the new 40
Life After 60
There is Life After 60
60 years is the new 40. We are getting younger everyday is what I tell myself every morning. After all the age of 60 is considered to be the new 40. I remember when my mother was 40 .and of course I thought she was very old. She wore silly housedresses and had her hair up in a bun. Today the 40 year old often looks like someone in their 20s. Women wear hip jeans, sexy tops and follow current styles for younger people. Many years ago when someone turned 60, a mental picture of a gray haired woman or man came to mind. Today people over 60 are often active, look and feel great. I was reading one of my favorite author's books and he mentioned a 60 year old woman wearing an old housedress, bent over with gray hair. I no longer read his books. I have stayed away from words and phrases such as--golden years, senior citizens and elderly, as I don't like labels. However, sometimes senior discounts do come in handy.
60 Years is the New 40
Diet and Commitment as You Age
Time to re-introduce yourself to the bathroom scale. Are you gaining a pound here and a pound there? These pounds add up without you being aware of them. Well actually you might be in denial and ignoring the tight fitting clothes. You can give the clothes to charity and say the cleaner shrunk them, and just forget the scale.
Have you gotten careless with your eating habits? No problem at all. Just start making a few changes slowly, and start with fresh produce and healthy protein. It is not so easy at this time of life to make these changes, but you can do it. When you make a commitment to yourself to feel good and look good --it is a lot easier. As you get older your body needs less calories due to a slowing down of your metabolism. You can fit into those tight jeans---well okay, I do. Finally after years of obsessing about gaining a pound, I no longer worry. My brain has computerized exactly what I can eat each day without gaining weight. My husband always complains there is nothing good to eat.,which interprets as--no chips, candy, cookies and cake. Actually he likes eating healthy, but he still has to complain a bit.
Exercise is one of the most important things to keep up with as you age. First of all you, want to maintain strong bones and be as flexible as possible. Speaking of walking, that is the best exercise of all-- just get out there and do for at least 45 minutes several times a week. We ride bicycles, which is fun and we don't feel like we are exercising. We compete with ourselves to increase our mileage each week. And we often reward ourselves after a long ride with a meal--healthy of course. I also use free weights to stay strong and avoid flying arms. Make exercise fun and you will stick with the program. If you are a single person, join a gym where you can exercise and meet new friends.
When I think about getting old I think about people who do not know how to have fun. We are always planning something fun. We often watch Jeopardy and keep score who answers the most questions. We may plan a hike on a new trail. We may decide to go out to dinner the last minute. You don't have to spend money to enjoy life. Stay socially connected with friends and family as that gives your life purpose. So 60 years is the new 40 if you live it that way.
Carol and Jim
A picture of me and my husband. We have been through all the ups and downs that people experience in any relationship. One thing we both know is that life is a short time so you may as well have some fun while living it. Though he doesn't seem to be smiling, he is a very happy person. 60 years is the new 40 so enjoy every day of your life.
Learn New Things
For many of us we are enjoying the luxury of more free time than ever before. You never need to be bored when there is so much to learn. Go to the library and find books to read. Go online and learn about things you have been wanting to explore. Or just read great hubs
Miscellaneous Thoughts about Being Over 60
Today women and men are entering the dating game at 60 and even older, and having a great time. Sometimes it is hard to tell the age of people, thanks to all the emphasis on fashion, makeup, hair and having a few nips and tucks.
Have you thought about turning a hobby into a business? After you have retired from your primary profession and enjoying a new hobby, why not make a few dollars with your talent. There are so many ways of promoting new businesses today. Craft shows are everywhere during the summer months and before the December holidays. Take a chance and set up a booth and you may be surprised at your success. The job market is tough out there today; you might find a part-time position that you could make a few extra dollars.
Perhaps you would enjoy volunteering.. There are so many places today that need extra help. Make sure to pick something that is dear to your heart. The feeling of giving is very self-satisfying.
Jump out of bed or you can gently walk, and think about at least one thing that you are grateful for. Life is not always easy and we all have problems, challenges and issues. No matter what your situation in life may be, the sun is going to shine; or maybe temporary rain. It doesn't matter what is going on outside because you are now over 60 and you deserve to enjoy the day. Remember 60 years is the new 40 so you have lots of time to choose what you want to do with your time and life.