Why 60 is the new 40
Ever hear the old sayings that “age is just a state of mind” and “you’re only as old as you feel?”
There is some truth to the idea that how we perceive ourselves has a profound effect on how we feel, both physically and emotionally. A study conducted by PhD student Krystal Warmoth of Exeter University bolsters the belief that our thoughts about aging have a definite impact on how we age.
Warmoth’s study – which included 29 people aged 66 to 98 – determined that individuals who considered themselves to be frail and who were in the mindset of thinking they were too old to do certain activities were more likely to abandon the activities and lifestyle choices that would actually help to keep their minds and their bodies looking and feeling younger. Her findings indicated a clear correlation between a negative outlook on one’s physical condition and a disinterest in socializing and being active.
Other studies, such as this one from Barbara Fredrickson, a psychology researcher at the University of North Carolina, lend to the notion that there is power in positive thinking. Fredrickson concluded that the ability to think positively has a profound impact on a person’s work, their health and their overall life span. Continue reading
How to Achieve Your Best Physical State.
When we retire, we often have a bucket list of items to work through now that we have the time to enjoy life to the fullest. For some, it may be improving their golf swing. For others, it might be about learning how to paint or play a musical instrument.
No matter how you plan to spend your golden years, exercise should be a regular part of it. Numerous studies tout the benefits of exercise as we age. Neuroscientists, psychologists and physicians all agree that exercise is one of the best things you can do for both the body and mind. Studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce the risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease by nearly 50 percent! Not only is it good for the brain, it’s good for the body. Engaging in regular exercise fights obesity and can fight chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Be sure to squeeze in some healthy – and safe – ways to get or stay in shape throughout your senior years. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. There are many fun ways to get into tip-top shape, whether you’ve been exercising for years or are just getting around to getting into shape. Continue reading
Top 5 Fun Activities for Seniors.
Now that the weather is warmer and Spring is in full bloom, the opportunity is ripe for seniors and boomers to brush off the doldrums of the long winter months and engage in some seasonal activities.
For many seniors and boomers, Springtime is a favorite season. There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh, spring air and the warmth of the sun to lighten the spirits. Seniors who may find it difficult to navigate through the harsh conditions associated with the winter months once again will be able to get outside, socialize and enjoy nature.
Springtime also inspires many seniors to become healthier and more active again, and the weather is more amiable to helping them achieve these goals in the spring than the winter.
The following top 10 fun activities can be enjoyed by all seniors and boomers, whether living in a senior retirement community, an assisted living community or with a family member or caregiver
#1 – Enjoy Nature
Springtime is unique in that many things are blooming. The feeling of life being renewed – of seeing the offspring of animals and trees and plants budding with new life – is a fantastic way to boost the spirits. Seniors who live in a retirement community may have convenient access to a walking trail or other outdoor area right on campus. Continue reading
Get off your Duff and Give These Creative Options a Try!
No matter your age, exercise is proven to be beneficial in many ways. Regular exercise and proper nutrition can help to ward off disease, strengthen the bones and improve balance and flexibility. As we age, these things become more important than ever.
It can be easy to get burned out on exercise if you’ve been doing it for decades. Also, as the body ages, some activities we used to enjoy may become more difficult. But that doesn’t mean we should just sit on the couch and do nothing. There are fun and creative ways seniors and boomers can continue to exercise.
Make a Splash with Water Exercises
Arthritis and joint pain are among the chief complaints of seniors and boomers as they age. When pain in the joints flares up, the last thing seniors want to do is exercise. Certain exercises, however, can be exactly the thing you need to help relieve the pain. Continue reading