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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.