Let’s be honest, taking care of our long term health it’s a sexy idea. I mean, we want to look and feel good now, not spend time caring for and thinking ahead into our 70’s, 80’s and beyond – meh, not all that great to think about.
But let me ask you this, have you ever woke up sore from head to toe, with achy inflamed joints, and nagging pain? Have you ever had to sit on the proverbial sidelines of life while you nursed along an injury? Or tried to come back after months of fighting off colds and tried to get your life and energy back on track? I’m guessing you’ve been there. I know I sure have.
Now, imagine that was your life every day. You wake up feeling that way daily as you try to enter the later years of life gracefully. This can be especially true for those who are living it up now. Maybe your long miles in the backcountry, heavy pack-outs, raising and trying to keep up with kids, or old injuries from your high school and college days of sports are taking a toll on you physically.
Regardless of how we enjoy life now, or have in our past, thinking ahead as we age is in our best interest.
There are several things that you can do now to help ease aging, some may be easier to do than others, but they’re all worth the effort for a long, happy, healthy life.
#1 Keep your body moving.
Get 30 minutes of activity three days a week, every dang week. Keeping up on your cardio and preserving muscle with weight training as we age will keep us feeling young, mobile, and supporting our joints.
#2 Incorporate healthy, vibrant foods into your nutrition regimen.
Focus on trying new things, getting lots of colorful vegetables, and splurging on new exotic fruits every once in a while. Instead of focusing on having a ‘perfect’ diet, make the shift to getting a wide variety of healthy foods in the majority of your meals.
#3 Challenge yourself to do something new.
It’s easy to get stuck in the same routine and turn into a hermit as we age. Get into the habit now of trying new things, seeing new places, and having first time experiences. And if you aren’t the kind to step out on a limb solo, recruit a friend to share the tradition with you.
#4 (and this is a must) Take your heart and joint supplements.
Starting now. There are two things I consider to be a must when it comes to supplementation, a good quality fish oil like the Omega-3 Fish Oil, and a joint supporting supplement. These two help to ease aging in keeping your brain, heart, joints, and bodies strong.
The bottom line is, none of us are getting younger, and that’s ok! There’s a lot of life to enjoy, and we sure can rock it late into our lives. You may not keep up on the gorgeous weave, rock the latest fashions, or have perfectly polished nails in your 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s, but you can start working now to feel your best in the decades to come.
One more thing, because I know how easy it can be easy to get off track and let months or years go by without thinking about our future selves. Make a point to check-in at the end of every month to see how you are doing and make sure you are nurturing your mind and body.
Give your body what it needs to ease aging now and enjoy your life at every age.