So, say you're reading this post and you're in your late 20s or 30s...early 50s or whatever. Have you thought about who you'll be in your 80s? Do you shut down at the thought, as if 80 is a far away place in some long distant fuzzy future?
If you're over 30, think back to your childhood. Thinking back to that time, how did you imagine yourself at your present age? Back then, did your late 30s and 40s, also seem to be some fuzzy far away future? And now--congratulations!---you've reached that point. That once far away future is now your present. Likewise, with your 80s, hopefully, that far away future will one day be your present.
What can you do to ensure that you make it into your 80s and beyond with an agile mind and flexible body? Even if you're in so-so health today, you can begin to take some small action to improve your health. Whether it's visualizing yourself as healthier or taking a walk during your lunch break. To tweak a quote, I heard from another life coach, "Age reveals who we really are." Thus, with time, the effects of our habitual actions and thoughts will show themselves.
OK, so before I step off my soapbox here's a recap of the 7 healthy habits for healthy aging which I gave for my radio show (still gotta get used to saying that.):
1. Research - Read books or articles on longevity. You can also check out Ti Caine’s website at http://futurevisioning.com/.
2. Attend to your environment - Strive to keep your surroundings uncluttered and surround yourself with people who encourage and inspire you
3. Eat sensibly--have a diet that’s high on fruits and vegetables and low on sugary or fried foods
4. Get enough sleep--I’m learning this one myself
5. Exercise--Exercise helps with your mood and your health.
6. Do something that energizes you--Whether it’s exercising, birdwatching or discussing movies with a friend: Do something that you enjoy
7. Laugh - Maintain a sense of humor.
A bonus suggestion, if you know someone who's healthy and 80 or older, ask for his/her advice on healthy living.
Today's post and yesterday's show was inspired by an interview I heard of Ti Caine on Sherri Nickols' show "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." Part 2 of the interview will take place this Friday, Nov. 19.