Ageless ageing needs to incorporate a mind, body and soul approach there is no reason our health span can’t match our life span.
Staying active is vital for good health into old age both physically and mentally now that doesn’t mean you have to be trail running or a yoga expert (but no reason why you can’t) but rather you maintain a lifestyle that incorporates constant and moderate physical activity. Incorporate that into your daily lifestyle – a daily walk of about 30 minutes outside in the elements will do wonders for both your physical and mental health. Taking part in a class or group activity will also help you with motivation and the camaraderie that it entails will also be good for your mental health too. We live in a society where loneliness is common and more and more as we age and by making the effort to join in social activities you will help offset this aspect.
Our brain atrophies as it ages – if you compare the CT scan of an 18 year old and one of a 60 year old you can see vast differences – the older image will have more space in the skull as the brain has shrunk but there is no reason why brain function has to decline. The famed author Louise Hay who died 2 years ago aged 90 was always learning new things and taking part in classes and was as active physically and mentally as she was when she was younger, Louise firmly believed in making the aging process a positive, vibrant , healthy experience and embracing her inner child whatever the age.
Keeping your brain engaged is vital to prevent cognitive decline – activities involving the brain stimulate new connections between nerve cells and may even cause new cells to generate developing neuro plasticity and therefore helps prevent against future loss. Anything that is mentally stimulating will help build your brain – take course, do maths, or crosswords, try crafts that also involved manuel dexterity as well such as knitting or painting. I have my mum knitting jumpers for my disabled dogs! Also strong social networks have also been associated with a lower risk of dementia as well as lower BP and longer life expectancy.
Its really easy to get stuck in a rut as we get older and there is always an inherent reluctance to change, change is scary but why not throw caution to the wind? Don’t judge the woman out for a meal alone – embrace the fact that she is not scared to eat alone. Want to do something but no one to do it with? Do it anyway.
Our level of happiness and positivity is massively affected by how we view the world around us and whether issues cause us stress. The study of epigenetics is fascinating – the environment we live in plays a far greater role than our actual genes. So if you live within a family environment of negativity and illness then you are likely to experience that. So don’t buy into that, choose how you react to issues, choose how you treat your health, make those changes regardless of what those around you think. No amount of being miserable will make someone else’s happiness improve, all you can do is you walk your own path and lead by example. Everyone has their own lessons to learn and whilst it may be frustrating for you watching them it is unfortunately part of their life plan. Just concentrate on finding your own happiness and sometimes that may mean moving on from those who just don’t resonate with you anymore. ut if you want to have good health then you need to release that which weighs you down and causes you stress.
Changing the habits of a lifetime can be hard but isn’t it harder when those habits become detrimental to your life time? Challenging ourselves is good, it keeps us mentally engaged, it keeps pushing us to grow and develop and however old we are doesn’t matter. Just because things have been a certain way does not mean than change cannot occur, it doesn’t mean that things won’t improve, it doesn’t mean that some of your ambitions can’t manifest. Kicking habits is tough, embracing new habits is tough but the key is the why! What is your motivation for it? Make it real, make it solid, keep focussed on the end result. Think how you will feel when you achieve it?
And I have a 30 day challenge coming up in October so stay tuned. Don’t forget the free e-book available see link in menu.
Happy Healthful Living