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One week into January

Are you still resolute?

Did you make goals for the year?

There are some [usually younger] who would wonder why we “old” people make resolutions or goals. I always remember a Lifespan class I taught many years ago in Boston. It was within a university unit which allowed those over 65 to take classes for free and my class included a man who had retired to Boston. [That alone seemed odd to many of the younger members of the class.]

One of our projects consisted of students interviewing people of different ages on topics such as work, family, future plans and death. Some of the younger members of the class were very uncomfortable with the idea of asking people in their 60’s, 70’s or older about a future or death. The 65-year-old man thought that was interesting. He told them that most his age would have no trouble answering those questions.

“After all,” he added, “some of you will die long before I do.” A long silence ensued and then we had a very lively discussion of life expectancy, risk taking and health…I still remember that particular class and I am guessing most in the class do as well.

We who are now older don’t mind discussing the future or our own plans and goals for it. Who knows how long we will live…but no matter how long it is – we need goals and plans. I have written mine – I have serious income producing plans for my business for this and future years..

Excelsior! [ I am a native New Yorker :)]

Make 2006 YOUR year

We are all going to have another birthday this year! Let’s make it a healthier one than the last one and let’s keep up the healthier routine into 2007 and on..

Welcome to the group known as baby boomers. Starting yesterday, the 78 million of you began to turn 60. We in the pre-baby boom years say “welcome” and “it’s great being older.”

Because we are who we are and survived or did not get the diseases that killed and hurt others born when we were born, we are already among the healthier. But you need to protect that health and it’s never too late to start.

Make your new year’s resolutions and stick to them – exercise, eat well [supplement better], and enjoy life. Prepare for a more expensive full retirement with a Plan B. Or for some, start on plan A right now! Social Security won’t allow you to live as you want – you’ll need much more than that. Financial worries are dangerous to your health so you need to ensure that you have more than enough so you CAN grow older better…

Here’s a fitness resolution plan:

Make a contract with yourself – yes in writing – and state that you will do the following:

1. Lose 4 pounds per month for a total of xx pounds by [fill in date]2. Work out 3 times per week/30 minutes per session from January thru March. [In April as you see how well it works, add another day.]

How to work out? and lose weight?

Resistance exercises – free weights or weight machines
Cardio exercises – tread mills, spinning, elliptical machines
Flexibility – pilates, yoga, tai chi

Check with your health care provider before embarking on a new program and most importantly, have fun. I have started playing squash again and yikes- after a 10 year hiatus, I am sucking air between points 🙂

For weight/nutrition information – learn about the glycemic index here

For info on patented supplements go here

Happy healthy 2006

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