Have you ever pondered the lifestyles of people who don’t seem to get old not matter their chronological age? Well, recently I have been paying a great deal of attention to these people (mostly women). And, here are a few things I have discovered; a few things they have in common.
They are active – in every way. They are engaged and involved in some type of social activity – whether community or church. They all do some form of physical exercise on a regular basis. They walk, play tennis, take group exercise classes, or swim. Several participate in some kind of dance class at least three days a week. Another meets her walk group at 6:30 a.m. at least 5 days a week. And, one (who is a few months shy of 81) still runs half marathons. She started running at age 73. This ageless beauty even got her boyfriend (several years her junior) involved in running. They now run half marathons together.
- They are conscious about what they eat. They don’t eat a lot of junk. And, when they plan to put in long hours, they carry apples, nuts, water, and other healthy snacks.
- They have a supportive inner circle. Some of these women have had the same friends for over 50 years. And, they take time out of their busy schedules to spend time with their friends and family. They cultivate relationships. They remember and celebrate special events like birthdays, and the like.
- They are current. They keep up with current events. Many are even technologically savvy; sending emails and text messages on a regular basis. Some even have twitter accounts. And, one has a blog following of over 3,000.
- They are passionate about something. There are causes (or a single cause) they strongly believe in and commit their time to supporting. They are tireless and fearless – even though it sometimes means stepping outside of their comfort zone.
These women are a living testament to George Burn’s quote: “you can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old”.
Do you have some thoughts on not growing old? Let me hear from you.