Aging is a funny thing! Some people seem much older than they actually are and others seem younger than they are. Why does this happen and can I be younger than my actual age? Is there a formula, I can follow? Since we are all have very different bodies, nothing is guaranteed. However, with the right mindset, you could be living much younger than your age. I have put together 5 things that people over the gae of 8-0 have shared with me aging younger.
Step 1: Let’s begin with mindset as your mindset will determine how successful you will be in the other 4 steps. We have all heard that thought become things, right? Well if you believe in what you are doing, chances are you will get what you want. Picture in your mind what your body would look like, feel like, and the joy you would have if you are living a life that is 15-20 years younger than your age. Before you can do anything, you must dream it first.
Step 2: Diet is the fuel that makes the engine go. Imagine being given a new Ferrari and you know this is a well-built car. However, every time you fill it up with gas, you choose gas that is half water because it is cheap and convenient to get. You decide not to change the oil because you just don’t have the time. Imagine how well that car would run in just a few weeks. Think of that Ferrari as your body and the gas as your food. Every tie you choose fast food, think about putting bad gas into your new Ferrari. That would be crazy, right? Many people make this choice every day. The typical excuses are, I don’t have time to prepare better food, no time to eat properly,and can’t afford good food. You would never make that excuse when it came to feeding your favorite car, why would you do this for your body. I will writing more about food choices in 2020 to help you learn about the better choices.
Step 3: Exercise is the engine in your body. Without the proper strength and stamina your body will be tired and lethargic every day. Maintaining good strength and stamina is great for your heart and bones, but did you know that good strength and stamina will increase your energy mentally and physically. You will find improve ability to mentally perform at a high level at work and school because you are improving the amount of oxygen in your blood stream which keeps the brain strong.
Step 4: Flexibility is the key to allow the whole body better movement which includes joints, discs, blood system, nervous system, and lymphatic system. The sad part is that very few people actually stretch correctly and that includes Physical Therapists. We have all been taught by coaches, teachers, and therapists to hold stretches too long and pull too hard. What most of us do for stretching is actually strength training. Throughout the year I will looking at different parts of the body and helping you better understand why you have pain, then how to stop that pain without pills, braces, or injections.
Step 5: Purpose is the why you do what you do. Every older person that I have spoken with always has a purpose. The idea of retiring and just playing golf or tennis is not enough for them. Some start businesses, farms, or non-profits even in their late eighties. They never stop learning either. It is amazing to hear a person 85+ talk about the things they are learning on the internet. Nothing seems to stop them.
Go back to mindset. You have to want to live younger before you can. That means to think about life as if you had 50 more years to live, love, and enjoy life. What if you knew you would live to be 150 years old and be healthy? How would your mindset change about what you are doing today?