We are in August and are you Ageing Well? That’s the theme for August and each week I will be presenting guests to share how they are Ageing Well and I’ll be sharing my thoughts and a daily thread on the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond – Let’s Thrive Facebook Group.
You can read more about Ageing Well in August in my August Theme Reveal post HERE and don’t forget that Debbie Harris from Deb’s World and I will be continuing our Saturday link up again this month. You can share anything that promotes Ageing Well so I look forward to reading your contributions and thoughts.
Ageing Well encompasses so many aspects of our life and I’ve put together 31 ways that we can bring into our life to help us Age and Live Well. Today I’m sharing the first seven along with some great quotes to inspire you.
7 ways to inspire you to Age Well
Day 1 – Be a Woman with Attitude
Knowing who we are and feeling comfortable with that is vital for ageing well. No longer do we need to live our life to please others. Our attitude to life and how we age depends on us. We can give up or we can accept this new phase of life, take it with both hands and make the most of it. What is your Attitude to Ageing? We know it will happen but we can find our own way to Age Well.
Day 2 – Keep Moving
Part of ageing well is keeping active and being able to carry out day to day tasks. Functional Fitness is vital for ageing well – the ability to be fit to walk up stairs, carry groceries and keep up with the grandchildren. Once we stop moving, we start dying. Find some form of activity that you enjoy and make moving part of every day.
Day 3 – Eat and Nourish your body
You maintain your car and use the correct fuel, so why not do the same for your body? To age well we need to ensure our bodies are receiving the right macro and micro nutrients. It means eating a balanced diet and cutting back on processed foods. What will you eat today to nourish your body?
Day 4 – Mind Games – Exercise your brain
Part of ageing well is being able to keep our brains alert and active. Just like we need to exercise our bodies to achieve better performance, our brains also need exercise. Challenge your brain with learning, crosswords,puzzles. What can you do to stimulate your brain today?
Day 5 – Be Graceful in Body and Soul
I’ve always wanted to be graceful. Graceful conjures an image to me of a woman who carries herself well, is comfortable in her own skin and who she is and has an aura of serenity. But as one of my Facebook Group members, Marilyn commented:
You can age gracefully but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an attitude and sizzleMarilyn
Day 6 – Stand Tall, Maintain Good Posture
This prompt today has two meanings for me and hopefully for you.
Firstly, we need to stand tall and be proud of who we are. No more hiding or comparing ourselves to others. We are at an age when we need to accept that we are unique individuals and learn to respect and value ourselves. Be confident in yourself, be you and others will love you for it.
Secondly, physically good posture is important as we age. There are intuitive reasons why people with good posture are healthier and more active, but poor posture also has a dramatic effect on another growing problem facing older adults: falls and poor balance.
According to the National Safety Council,
over 1.5 million people over 65 are seriously injured each year in falls, which cause nearly 14,000 deaths, with another quarter suffering debilitating injuries that affect them for the rest of their lives.
In addition, poor bent over posture affects how well your heart can pump blood, and even how well you can breathe.
Perhaps Mum was right in always saying ‘shoulders back, hold you head high’ 🙂
Day 7 – Let it Go – Move on From Regret
We can’t go back and change things in life but if we let go of things that are holding us back we can fly. Holding onto grudges, regret or things that just aren’t working is counterproductive to Ageing Well. Have the courage to let go of what you don’t want in your life and feel the freedom it brings. I need to draw on this quote at the moment as I’m feeling like I’m at a crossroad in life. Which path will I choose?