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What keeps you young?


Aging is a universal process…we can slow it's effects on our body and brain but we can't stop the process.

Every so often I see an article about what helps us stay functioning and healthy and what is bad for us.

When I read of "bad" stuff in food and cosmetics I get more angry at federal agencies that "allow" a certain level of "bad" stuff in our food, air water and other things.  It's called an "acceptable" level….but what might be acceptable and safe for one person may be poison for another…

So in the face of all this – what does keep one young?  How does one "do" healthy aging?

Here is some of what keeps me young:

cup of coffeeI can read that coffee is bad for me and then I read that coffee is good for me.  I don't allow either thought to change my coffee habits…I love my morning coffee and have for a very very long time and coffee makes me feel great and hence helps me stay young. 

I love my pets and they also keep me young because I walk the dog a few times a daySheba the cat – which is good for him and me.  And my cat, Sheba,  is pure fun.  Having pets is part of who I am – if I ever had to live without a pet that would be very depressing and would therefore age me. 

Friends and social interactions keep me young.  I dog walk with neighbors so that's a two-fer and we have a very friendly neighborhood where "everyone knows your name" and there are few secrets – but it's a situation we laugh about – and laughing keeps us young too.

We know exercise is good for us and that it keeps our heart and body in better shape than does sitting around all day.  But do I get as much exercise as I need?   Probably not… it's too easy for me to skip exercise and that is something I most definitely am going to work on …… <later>

Being online keeps me young too.  The daily interactions with persons from all over the world and of all different ages makes me use a lot of brain cells.  We chat about different topics, I am up to date on world events and my brain gets a serious work out.

What keeps you young?

Pleas post a comment below about this – thank you

  • Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. says:

    I love doing yoga but alas I get away form it in the winter as my floors are too cold

  • Ken says:

    This is great Lynn. I see a common thread in this post. You have described activities that make you feel good and enrich your life. While I am still pretty young I think most people would agree that I don't look my age. I believe that there a few reasons for this including much of what you already said. For me I would add taking a daily whole food supplement and doing so consistently over years. Most importantly I believe my outlook on life has kept me young. I believe in choosing to look at life events in ways that serve me in a positive way. Its not easy and I certainly don't get it right all the time. I believe what and how you think plays a major part in determining how you age. Choosing to see life's daily events in ways that enrich and empower you is a habit that is highly worth forming.
    Please join us in Lynn's Healthy Aging class. http://www.mindglo.com/courses/details/167/11/personal-growth/healthy-aging

    • Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. says:

      Thanks Ken. Yes aging is a state of mind – so if you keep the mind young by doing things you like – aging is not a bad deal.

      I do advocate food-based supplements [the ones I market of course :D] so that the body is well nourished as it physically ages. This need is more so, in my opinion, for those who grew up during and after the 1950’s.

      Lynn

  • Ken says:

    This is great Lynn. I see a common thread in this post. You have described activities that make you feel good and enrich your life. While I am still pretty young I think most people would agree that I don't look my age. I believe that there a few reasons for this including much of what you already said. For me I would add taking a daily whole food supplement and doing so consistently over years. Most importantly I believe my outlook on life has kept me young. I believe in choosing to look at life events in ways that serve me in a positive way. Its not easy and I certainly don't get it right all the time. I believe what and how you think plays a major part in determining how you age. Choosing to see life's daily events in ways that enrich and empower you is a habit that is highly worth forming.
    Please join us in Lynn's Healthy Aging class. http://www.mindglo.com/courses/details/167/11/personal-growth/healthy-aging

    • Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. says:

      Thanks Ken. Yes aging is a state of mind – so if you keep the mind young by doing things you like – aging is not a bad deal.

      I do advocate food-based supplements [the ones I market of course :D] so that the body is well nourished as it physically ages. This need is more so, in my opinion, for those who grew up during and after the 1950’s.

      Lynn

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