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6 Exercises to Reduce the Effects of Aging

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  1. Strength Training. Strength training is the only exercise proven to slow down the aging process. It prevents muscle loss that normally accompanies aging. Additionally, it strengthens bones, muscles, tendons thus lowering the chance of injuries.
     
  2. Walking. Walking is the simplest positive change you can make to effectively improve heart health. Also, it reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, improves blood pressure and blood sugar levels, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
     
  3. Dancing. Dancing burns roughly 200 calories per hour, and works not only the major muscles but is also a fantastic cardiovascular workout. And, because it requires brain functioning as well as physical control, social dancing has even been proven to reduce and possibly eliminate dementia as we age.
     
  4. Tai Chi. Tai Chi is meditation in motion. Many practitioners of tai chi believe that is delays aging and prolong life, increases flexibility, strengthens muscles and tendons, and aids in the treatment of heart disease, high blood pressure, and arthritis. As we age, tai chi helps with balance and flexibility.
     
  5. Swimming. Swimming improves endurance, builds muscle mass, and has significant cardio benefits which is good for your heart.
     
  6. Yoga. Yoga promotes balance, increases flexibility, strengthens muscles, and can help prevent falls. 

 

Pick one you enjoy. Then, do it!

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Life is Simple.

 

 

Would you like to feel better about yourself and have lots of energy? Then, eat healthy food, get your sleep, exercise regularly, use positive words, and think positive thoughts.

Do you want to be able to walk and move more and faster? Then, walk and move more and faster.

Do you want people to see the best in you and give you the benefit of the doubt? Then, see the best in them and give them the benefit of the doubt.

Do you want people to show you more love and appreciation? Then, show them more love and appreciation.

Do you want to have more? Then, give more.

Would you like to be happy? Then, be happy!

Would you like to change your life? Then, change your life.

Life really is THAT simple.  Agree?

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Positive Aging and Social Connections

“When we connect, it doesn’t just make us feel better; it makes us do better.” – Keith Harrell

What is the key to longevity and aging positively?  There is no one key. However, research has found that these three factors are critical to aging positively: eating healthy, exercising, and having positive social connections.

Time and time again, we have been reminded of the benefits of eating healthy and exercising. But did you know that there are tremendous benefits to having positive social connections?  Researchers have found that more socially connected people have double the survival odds of less social folks. Supportive relationships (friends and family members) are good medicine for the mind, heart, body, and soul.

They help you live longer by making it easier to de-stress and to weather tough times. They keep you involved and engaged. They help keep your mind active and sharp. Feeling more invested in relationships often motivates people to take better care of themselves. Many older people credit their health and longevity to lasting, loving, positive relationships. 

Think of the people who are blessed with good health and longevity. Are they socially connected?  No doubt, the answer is yes. While there are exceptions, most are socially connected.

Are you socially connected?

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The Pleasures of Being Outside

Summer is finally here! Yes, it may be hot. But, here are five (5) reasons to spend some time outside.

  1. Exercise.  Going outside makes exercise feel easier. And, you exercise more, especially when you are surrounded by nature – trees, flowers, grass, and water. I am especially motivated when surrounded by water. Sometimes, I lose track of time and feel as if I could walk forever.

  2.  Creativity. Nature increases brain function, thus stimulating creativity. When I am outside walking or running or just sitting, I have some of my best ideas.

  3. Vitamin D. Yes, too much sun is not good for you. But, a healthy dose of those sun rays can do wonders for your bones. So, reach for your sunscreen, grease up (even sisters of color need to protect their skin), and enjoy the great outdoors.

  4. Happier and healthier. Being outdoors can increase your happiness quotient. Nature and fresh air lift your spirit and changes your mood.

  5.  Age gracefully. According to a study published in the Journal of Aging Health, getting outside on a daily basis may help older people stay healthy and functioning longer. Plus, if you are doing things with a group (hiking or walking, for example) you improve your social skills. I go outside every single day – if only for 10 or 15 minutes.

Additionally, I love being able to go out without being bundled up. My skin loves the feel of the sun. And, I feel even more alive. How about you? How do you feel when you are outside?

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 Maya Angelou… On Aging

This week I am still paying tribute to the acclaimed author, poet, and activist Dr. Maya Angelou, who transitioned at the ripe old age of 86. I have more of her books on my bookshelf than any other author. I have 7, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

This week’s post focuses on Dr. Angelou’s poem on aging. In the poem, written when Maya was 84, she takes exception to how older people are treated. To those of us who are in the 2nd or 3rd half of our life, this poem expresses, beautifully, how we feel about aging. And, it challenges the longstanding view of aging as decline.

On Aging

 “When you see me sitting quietly, like a sack upon a shelf,
Don’t think I need your chattering. I’m listening to myself.
Hold! Stop! Don’t pity me! Hold! Stop your sympathy!
Understanding if you got it, otherwise I’ll do without it!
When my bones are stiff and aching and my feet won’t climb the stair,
I will only ask one favor: Don’t bring me no rocking chair.
When you see me walking, stumbling, don’t study and get it wrong.
‘Cause tired don’t mean lazy and every goodbye ain’t gone.
I’m the same person I was back then, a little less hair, a little less chin,
A lot less lungs and much less wind.

But ain’t I lucky I can still breathe in.”     - Maya Angelou

Do you have a favorite from Maya Angelou? I would love to hear from you.

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Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman 

Acclaimed author, poet, and activist, Dr. Maya Angelou died yesterday, May 28th, at the age of 86. Though she is no longer with us physically, she will forever be in our hearts. Here is one of my favorites…from Maya. 

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD HAVE: 

One old love she can imagine going back to ...and one who reminds her how far she has come. 

Enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own...even if she never wants or needs to. 

Something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour. 

A youth she's content to leave behind. 

A past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age.

 The realization that she is actually going to have an old age and some money set aside to fund it... 

A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill and a black lace bra. 

One friend who always makes her laugh.........and one who lets her cry. 

A good piece of furniture not owned previously by anyone else in her family. 

Eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems and a recipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honored. 

A resume that is not even the slightest bit padded. 

A feeling of control over her destiny. 

A skin care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30. 

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW: 

How to fall in love without losing herself. 

How she feels about having kids. 

How to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship. 

When to try harder....and when to walk away. 

How to have a good time at a party she'd never choose to attend. 

How to ask for what she wants in a way that makes it most likely she'll get it. 

That she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents. 

That her childhood may not have been perfect but it's over. 

What she would or wouldn't do for love or money. 

How to live alone even if she doesn't like it. 

Whom she can trust, whom she can't, and why she shouldn't take it personally.... 

Where to go...be it to her best friend's kitchen table or a charming inn in the woods when her soul needs soothing in a day....a month...a year. 

Do you have a favorite from Maya Angelou? I would love to hear from you.

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Love your Life!

As Bob Marley so eloquently stated, “love the life you live; live the life you love.”  People who are zestfully embracing the aging process love their life, whatever that life is.

Sometimes, well meaning family members and friends will go to great lengths to convince you that you don’t love your life. For example, I can’t tell you the number of times I have been asked if I have found my soul mate. When asked why the interest, the response more often than not is “We care and we want you to be happy.”  The underlying assumption is that unless one has found their soul mate, it’s not possible to be happy; not possible to love their status –no matter what it is. Even if your life is crappy, pick out something good among the crap and focus on that something. Then, go about the business of making changes. 

When you can love where you are right now or “bloom where you are planted”, there are no regrets. One more thing, wherever you are… is where you’re supposed to be. When it’s time to transition to a new life, just know that you have everything you need within you to make it happen.

Do you love your life?  If no, what adjustments do you need to make to bring some love into the life you now have?

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Live with Passion

Passion keeps you young in body, mind, and spirit. It gives a deeper meaning to your life

Finding and following your passion can be emotionally challenging, but well worth it. Some people discover their passion early in life while others have to work at it. Those who discover it early are the lucky ones.

When I think of someone who is living with passion, I think of my friend, Lovette. A few months shy of her 90th birthday, Lovette is active, engaged, and her social/activity calendar rivals people decades younger. What keeps her going?  It’s in her “genes”; and it’s her passion and lifelong commitment for African American art and culture and African American history. She has a “fire in her heart” for exposing young people to the global black experience. In her mid 80s she became the driving force behind the establishment of a community center that houses, displays and disseminates a special collection of books, artifacts, media, and photographs documenting the Global Black Experience. 

Meet the fit, fabulous, and fearless Lovette enjoying music and art at Fulton-Ross art studio.

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It’s never too late to find your passion and follow it. It does take some soul searching, reflection, commitment and courage. Courage because it might mean taking some risks and stepping outside of your comfort zone; or doing some things that might not seem appropriate at the time.  

What are you passionate about? 

 

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Bat Wings and Belly Fat

While attending my three times a week stretch and muscle class, I noticed that the average age of the predominantly female class was mid 60s.  While tuning in to some of the chatter that goes on before the class officially started, I observed that many of the women, including me, were almost as obsessed with flabby arms (triceps) and belly fat as some younger women.  Flabby arms are also called jiggly arms or bat wings.

In this class, our routine consists of numerous repetitions (reps) and exercises directed at triceps and abs. Sometimes, it feels as if my arms are going to fall off; and my ribs have been run over by a truck. Yet, no matter how many reps I do, my triceps still jiggle; and my belly is still fat (I am talking mini muffin top). 

The instructor works the hell out of both. She has been teaching this class for over 20 years; and many of the same students have been taking the class for that long. I often wonder what her triceps and abs look like. I have not talked to anyone who has actually seen them because she always wears a loose fitting shirt and long sleeves – no matter the temperature in the exercise room. Some of us have concluded that either she has “killer” triceps and a six pack (hard abs); and, doesn’t want to flaunt them for fear of making us even more self-conscious. Or her triceps and abs are just as jiggly and flabby as ours. Whatever the reason, I am beginning to think that for those of us pushing 60 or have moved well beyond 60, belly fat and jiggly arms are here to stay – no matter what we do or how often we do it. Therefore, it’s time to STOP obsessing over them. It is what it is.

Just as some women, regardless of age, are not ready for gray hair (I was ready for it in my early 50s), I am not quite ready for giggly arms and belly fat.

How about you? How do you feel about jiggly arms and belly fat? 

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What Every Woman Over 60 Should Have…According to Daisy

As I celebrate the beginning of my 66th birthday, here is my list of 32 things every woman over 60 should have. This list is based entirely on my experiences – what works for me. The list is not in any particular order.

  1. One “drop-dead” gorgeous recent photo of yourself
  2. Belief in yourself
  3. A beautiful smile
  4. An attitude of gratitude
  5. A compelling purpose
  6. At least one grand passion…something  or someone you are a little obsessed over
  7. A little black dress that makes you look gorgeous and can transition from casual to dressy
  8. A good pearl necklace and matching earrings
  9. Proper exercise clothes that flatters you…toss the old sweats
  10. A good pair of running, walking or cross-training shoes
  11. At least two good bras (one to wear daily; and one for workouts)
  12. A good body shaper to hold things in when wearing that little black dress
  13. A regular exercise schedule
  14. A dependable workout partner or personal trainer
  15. At least one pair of shoes  (stylist, comfortable, and sexy, if possible) that you can wear for any occasion
  16. One good wig that’s similar to your own hair (or the way you’d like your hair to look)
  17.  A flattering baseball cap or a cute hat
  18. An inner circle that loves, nurtures, supports, and sometimes challenges you
  19. One best friend forever (BFF) who knows your secrets
  20. Someone to check in with you every single day
  21. Good bedding and linen (mattress, at least 1,000 thread count Egyptian or Pima cotton sheets, soft luxurious bath towels)
  22. A comfortable recliner or chair in which to sit, read, sleep, or just lounge
  23. A good reading lamp
  24. Sisters who are tech connoisseurs and gives you their electronic devices (Smartphone, iPad) when they decide to upgrade
  25. An IPod or MP3 players downloaded with your favorite music
  26. Pandora Radio
  27. A favorite charity that you actively support with your time, money, or both
  28. One expensive evening bag and a tote carryall
  29. A big screen TV
  30. A computer (desktop or laptop) and a printer
  31. An email address that you check on a regular basis
  32. A home where you are surrounded by things you enjoy and love – e. g.,  art, music , family photos, books, keepsakes

What would your list look like? Let me hear from you.

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Live with Purpose

He who knows the why of his life can bear with almost any how.”    Nietzsche

 Strong evidence has been presented to show that living with purpose has a positive influence on health and longevity.

We all have a purpose; a reason for being. That purpose may not be something that’s going to change the world or even your community. It may only impact you and yours. Many people go through their entire life without knowing theirs. Some are lucky and know their calling at a very early age. Others discover theirs through trial and error. And some – like me for example – simply stumble upon it.

I found my calling out of sheer frustration. I was thirty-eight years old and going through that “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up” stage when I stumbled upon mine. I had held several financially and psychologically unsatisfying jobs; and, wanted to break the pattern. Eager to stop taking any job because I needed a job, I decided to volunteer with a community-based career planning organization. Unbeknownst to me, volunteers were required to conduct career-related workshops and seminars. Although I had an intense fear of public speaking, I somehow found the courage and the confidence to conduct a seminar. By the end of my first seminar, I knew I had found my purpose: To empower people to improve the quality of their lives by teaching, speaking, and writing. So, for more than 30 years, I have been living my purpose.

People who are living their purpose remain active and engaged much longer than those who are not. Living with purpose make us feel good; and help us to be of greater service to others.         

Are you living with purpose? Let me hear from you. 

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“Everyone is the age of their heart.”  Guatemalan Proverb 

Do you desperately try to hide your age?  Or reject your age? Or consider old age a nuisance or an inconvenience? If you do, just think of the alternatives. If you’re not a part of this world, where would you want to be? Better still, what would you be doing?  Whatever your age, it’s yours. And, it’s something to be proud of! So, embrace it. Be proud that you’re still in a position to be of service; to enjoy life; and to make a difference – in some small or large way. It’s impressive, attractive, and empowering when you fully embrace your age –whether you are 50 or a 100. Why go through all the hassle of pretending that you are 5, 10, or 15 years younger than you are. It’s a waste of time, and it’s burdensome. And, at a certain point, you sometimes forget what you said the last time you were asked or when you volunteered to give your age. I am not at all ashamed or afraid for people to know how old or how young I am for I am grateful that I have lived this long; look and feel this good. My gray hair has become my brand. My way of telling the world that world that I am confident, fearless, and proud of who I am; and that I fully embrace who I am. 

 No matter what life has presented you, these really are your best days. So, embrace your age. Tell the world if and when asked. It’s ok to tell your age even if you’re not asked.  

You are, in fact, the age of your heart. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were? How old is your heart?

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 Attitude and Aging 

 "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." - Mark Twain 

One of the great truths about aging is this: you must change the way you think about it.

You don’t have to get old simply because you are aging chronologically. Aging isn’t something to be avoided at all cost, especially when you consider the alternatives. It isn’t about lost youth, creaky joints, aches and pains, memory/hearing loss or something to be avoided at all cost. It’s about a new stage of life which offers new opportunities for change and growth; an opportunity to try new things, go new places, or simply to experience a more confident YOU. 

Contrary to what some may think, when you enter the 2nd half of your life, your best days are not over; they are just beginning. Life has settled down….the children are out of the house and own their own (hopefully)….savings are intact (hopefully)…the career/job is stable…less stress or you have learned how to better cope with stress… you are more comfortable with yourself and have a better idea of who you are and what you want. 

It’s in this stage that you have another opportunity to shape and mold your life based on past experiences and the things you have learned – up to this point. This stage of your life presents another opportunity to excel – to change your life; to start a new career; to do YOU. 

As you enter the last phase of your life (over 60), are you preparing to live or to die? Do you spend your days planning for tomorrow or reminiscing about yesterday? 

As with all things in life, attitude is everything. What is your attitude about aging?  

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 Positive Aging 

Positive aging…what does it mean?  While it means different things to different people, the bottom line is this:  if we live long enough, there is no way around it.  We get older, we age. Aging is simply another stage in our lives; a stage that can be exciting or humdrum.  Whether it’s exciting or humdrum is entirely up to you. On this, you are 100% in control. For that stage to be exciting it requires energy, stamina, and the right mental attitude.  For it to be humdrum, it requires virtually nothing.  Just be still, moan and groan about getting older, and watch life pass you by. 

For some, positive aging means: staying active, not fighting the idea of biological aging, and moving forward in a manner that doesn’t deny who you are.  For others, it means accepting the inevitable changes of aging, finding meaningful activities, and being optimistic. For me, it means all of these things.  It also means consciously and positively embracing the aging process; the realities and challenges of aging; and making the necessary adjustments – emotionally/mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, and otherwise – to adapt to those realities and challenges.

While there is a lot about aging I don’t know, there are some things I do know. For example, I know that to age positively is to focus on those qualities that accrue with maturity and that make us attractive at any age. I also know that aging positively isn’t just about looking good; it’s about feeling good in every way – physically, psychologically, intellectually, occupationally, socially, and spiritually. And, finally, I am convinced that the three most important ingredients for aging positively are:  attitude, lifestyle, and the ability to accept change. 

What does positive aging mean to you? Let me hear from you. 

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6 Myths About Fitness After 70

I am still playing around with the name of this blog. However, I am clear on the intent…to be a resource for women who want to redefine, reinvent, and reinvigorate…the next half of their life.

In an article that appeared in the October /November 2013 AARP Newsletter, the author, Tom Slear, identified 5 myths about fitness after 70. The final myth, which I added, applies to people of any age. Actually, most of these myths apply to people of any age.

Myth 1: Stretching is very important as you age. The reverse may be the case. Research is showing that stretching a muscle for 60 seconds or more causes a decline in the performance of that muscle. After stretching, that muscle tends to contract and tighten. 

Myth 2: The best way to burn fat is to work out longer. It isn’t about time, but intensity. High intensity activity boosts your metabolism. For example, you burn more calories jogging 2 miles than walking 2 miles. If you’re concerned that jogging may be too hard on your joints, use a jog/walk technique, where you jog for a minute and walk for a minute. 

Myth 3: Cardio matters more than weight training after 70. The reverse is true. As you age, muscle mass declines. Weight training preserves your muscles. 

Myth 4: Doing crunches will get rid of belly fat. Based on my own experiences, this is a myth easily debunked. Spot reducing doesn’t work. Diet and exercise is the key to losing belly fat. And, even then you may not lose as much as you’d like. 

Myth 5: You shouldn’t exercise if you’re sick. Let your neck be the dividing line. If your symptoms are above the next, you can exercise. However, you may want to modify the intensity and duration of your workout. Below the neck, it’s better to rest. If you have a fever, rest. 

Myth 6: If you exercise, you can eat whatever you want. As an avid walker and not so avid run/walker, I can attest to this. Exercise doesn’t give you a license to eat freely. You still have to watch your diet. 

Do you have a myth you want to debunk? Let me hear from you.

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6 Myths About Fitness After 70

I am still playing around with the name of this blog. However, I am clear on the intent…to be a resource for women who want to redefine, reinvent, and reinvigorate…the next half of their life.

In an article that appeared in the October /November 2013 AARP Newsletter, the author, Tom Slear, identified 5 myths about fitness after 70. The final myth, which I added, applies to people of any age. Actually, most of these myths apply to people of any age.

Myth 1: Stretching is very important as you age. The reverse may be the case. Research is showing that stretching a muscle for 60 seconds or more causes a decline in the performance of that muscle. After stretching, that muscle tends to contract and tighten. 

Myth 2: The best way to burn fat is to work out longer. It isn’t about time, but intensity. High intensity activity boosts your metabolism. For example, you burn more calories jogging 2 miles than walking 2 miles. If you’re concerned that jogging may be too hard on your joints, use a jog/walk technique, where you jog for a minute and walk for a minute. 

Myth 3: Cardio matters more than weight training after 70. The reverse is true. As you age, muscle mass declines. Weight training preserves your muscles. 

Myth 4: Doing crunches will get rid of belly fat. Based on my own experiences, this is a myth easily debunked. Spot reducing doesn’t work. Diet and exercise is the key to losing belly fat. And, even then you may not lose as much as you’d like. 

Myth 5: You shouldn’t exercise if you’re sick. Let your neck be the dividing line. If your symptoms are above the next, you can exercise. However, you may want to modify the intensity and duration of your workout. Below the neck, it’s better to rest. If you have a fever, rest. 

Myth 6: If you exercise, you can eat whatever you want. As an avid walker and not so avid run/walker, I can attest to this. Exercise doesn’t give you a license to eat freely. You still have to watch your diet. 

Do you have a myth you want to debunk? Let me hear from you.

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Redefine, Reinvent, Reinvigorate…the next half of your life

In 2014, I am fully embracing the concept of positive aging. I am embracing my age (almost 66 years) with style, dignity, and confidence. I am celebrating the person I am; enjoying getting older…and, enjoying the journey…no regrets.

Here are six actions I plan to take as I continue this journey:

  • Blog. Under the tag: Fit, Fabulous, and Fearless, I will post weekly comments on some aspect of aging. My goal is to establish myself as a valued resource for people, especially women who want redefine, reinvent, and reinvigorate…the next half of their life. 
  • Celebrate. I celebrate all accomplishments – big and small. For example, last weekend, I completed a half marathon (Phoenix PF Chang Rock N Roll) with my best friend (bf) of over 35 years. I completed the entire race (13.1 miles), my first since 2012. My personal goal wasn’t about time; but, about spending quality time with my bf. Our relay team, The Daisies, (there were 63 teams) came in dead last (3:23). We still celebrated (with Mexican food and margaritas) because we finished together – with everything in working order; we were the oldest team; and we finished ahead on hundreds of half marathoners. 
  • Eat consciously. I am committing to eating healthier; and to being more conscious of what I am putting into my body. While in Phoenix, I had an opportunity to visit with my bf’s 97 year old mother. I asked her secret to longevity. She stated emphatically, “It’s about what you are putting into your body; the foods you eat.”   
  • Live consciously. At all times, I will be aware and present. I will be cognizant of what I am doing, why I am doing it, and the impact my actions today will have on my tomorrow. 
  • Volunteer. I will regularly give of myself to at least one (1) non-profit organization. 
  • Make thankfulness a daily habit. I will see each day as an unexpected gift. And, be grateful.

What are your thoughts about positive aging?  Please let me hear from you. I invite you to become one of my regular blogging buddies.