Do you feel we need to try to stay young forever or age gracefully?
Because the alternative is to age gracelessly and to live in perpetual pain and agony.
Healthy people who engage in exercise and have a good diet will not only live longer but live better. Improved diet and exercise improves not only the physical body but helps work with mental performance and cognitive functions. Remember that when the blood carries oxygen more efficiently to the brain, you think better.
If you desire to live to an old age, you need to take care of both your body and your mind. If you don't desire it, eat what you want and watch TV all day - either way, problem solved.
We cannot stay young forever. We can only stay young for a certain length of time and others will notice. We have to move on with our age: clothes, haircuts and styles; etc.
True, we need to fact the facts about aging.
That is what I mean when I say that we cannot stay young forever. Others notice the faces and upperparts first.
When I was a sub teacher in a class of blind children, they wanted to know how old I was. I asked them to guess. They gave me about 15 years back-- perhaps because I sat on the floor with them sharing riddles.
Resist, yet age gracefully with optimum flexibility, cognitive work-out, and muscle tone by playing ice hockey. Dr. Medina points out in his NY Best Seller, Brain Rules our cognition is optimized when we are in aerobic motion and changing direction..
Both --- in a manner of speaking.
We have no choice when it comes to the progression of our chronological age, but we can practice healthy habits to preserve our physical strength, stamina and immune systems. I know a lot of people my age who have health problems which might have been avoided.
Even more important is to maintain a youthful outlook, by continuing to learn, by having fun and by keeping our minds open to new ideas.
I think working with children (as you do) and as I have for many years, helps with the mental part.
As far as aging "gracefully" I'm not sure I was never a good dancer, and I have tripped and sprained an ankle more times than I want to remember... starting at an early age.
I do try to be a little more careful now, but also find it helpful to avoid mirrors.
We do need to slow down aging as much as possible by excellent nutrition/diet, rigorous exercise both mental and physical, and minimizing/eliminating long-term stress; the result may perhaps be indeed, graceful aging...
No one stays young forever and no lives forever.
However there is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself to get the maximum use out of the body given to you. A certain amount of vanity is human nature I suppose.
Ultimately life is a (personal) journey.
I sometimes marvel at people like singer Tony Bennett or actress Betty White who are still very active in their careers at ages 88 and 93 respectively. Even The Rolling Stones and Paul McCarthy are still doing tours into their 70s. It's good to know you don't have to lay in bed waiting for the grim reaper just because one is a senior.
I suspect it was the "baby boomers" who decided not to simply accept the life that senior citizens led when they were growing up. There were no 60 year olds who look liked Christie Brinkley or 70+ year olds who looked like Raquel Welch.
In many instances there are 40+ year old mothers who look more attractive than their 20 something year old daughters!
Today it's not unusual to go to a gym and see "senior citizens" jogging on a treadmill or running outdoors along a trail.
My grandparents had no desire to put that kind of effort into their appearance as they got older. Kicking back for them was a rite of passage. It's good to see the stereotypical look of old age has changed. We're free to do whatever we want for as long as we can.
humans cannot accept to grow old gracefully, nobody can accept that being old is like waiting to end the life soon. If we think positively, drink lot water and exercise regularly, I think we needn't botox or supplement pills to stay young.
Yes, we should try to stay young. Just eat fresh fruits, avoiding bad habits and doing exercises and being religious.
Think healthy eat healthy live healthy.
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