Over 50s Lifestyle

How I stay ‘young’ at heart in mind, body & spirit

November 1, 2021

This week’s #lifethisweek prompt over on Denyse Whelan’s blog is ‘Young’.

Do you feel young or are you feeling older than your years?

I turned 64 in August, yet I’m sure there is a mistake on my birth certificate! Although I have the odd aches and pains which are expected as we age, I’m fortunate to still feel pretty good and my body isn’t letting me down. I feel young, well in my mind at least and that’s a positive thing!

For me staying fit and active to maintain a strong, healthy body is so important for me as I age. The other reason is that I want to be an ‘active’ Nan who can kick a ball, go on the trampoline, crawl under and over all manner of things with my my two gorgeous grandsons.

Health & My Grandsons – These two reasons are my ‘Why’ – why I want to work out, why I want to live a healthy lifestyle.

It was my Mum’s birthday on 20th of October and unfortunately, she hasn’t been here physically to celebrate for 36 years. A beautiful, gentle soul who was taken too soon at the age of 63 by the ravages of Breast Cancer. It occurred to me that I have now lived one year longer than my Mum.

My Dad, also died at 66 from Bowel Cancer back in 1981, 5 weeks before my daughter was born, and my brother died at 65, 6 years ago from another form of cancer.

Because of my family history I am very mindful of my health and well-being and want to break past the ‘mid 60s cancer curse’ and hopefully live to enjoy a longer life.

How do I stay ‘young’?

I Move

Resistance workouts for a strong body

I stay active by running with my Saturday Sisters which we have done for the last twelve years. If you have read my blog you will know that I didn’t start running until I was 50 and have run four full marathons at ages 55, 61, 63 and 64. It’s not all about running either. Meeting my Saturday Sisters each week is a social connection and great for my mental health and well-being.

Love running with my Saturday Sisters

No you don’t have to run you just need to find something you enjoy that keeps you moving!.

I completed my Certificate III in Fitness last year at aged 63 and now take Group Fitness sessions in the Strong Healthy Women Virutal Studio. I have one module left of my Certificate IV which I started this year. This will also give me a Personal Trainer qualification. I absolutely love helping Women Over 50 stay fit and strong, as well as working out with them doing Resistance Training which keeps my body fit and strong.

Yoga for mind, body & spirit and Resistance Workouts keep my body strong

My grandsons keep me ‘young’

My grandsons don’t think of ‘Nan’ as being old. They think I can do the same things as they can and most of the time I can. Being with them makes me remember childhood memories. Children have this wonderful ability to live in the moment which we tend to lose as we become adults and life takes over. During the school holidays we explore, we bake, we craft, we imagine and we play.

I am ‘young’ when I’m with these two cuties and I hope I will always feel that way.

I keep using my brain

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”

Henry Ford

As I mentioned above I been studying over the last two years. It keeps my brain active and healthy.

In an article 12 ways to keep your brain young by Harvard Health, the first two points were ‘Get Mental Stimulation’ and ‘Get Physical Exercise’. so that’s two ticks for me. I’ve included the link for you to discover the remaining 10 ways.

Having a positive outlook on life, maintaining good mental health and well-being is an important factor in feeling ‘young’.

Acceptance – I’ve learned to love who I am

Sue Loncaric

“Nothing makes a woman look so old as trying desperately hard to look young.”

Coco Chanel

Learning to love myself and the person I am makes life so much easier to enjoy. I love the lines on my face which show the world my journey. Yes, I take care of my inner and outer body but I don’t obsess about it. I would rather get on with the business of living and enjoying life, accepting who I am and not stressing about what I look like. Yes, a bit of ‘lippy’ can always lift the spirits but having a zest for life comes from within and being at peace with yourself.

If you want more motivation or inspiration for Staying Young at Heart I found this post: 40 Quotes about Growing Old and Staying Young at Heart.

How do you stay ‘young’ at heart and in mind, body and spirit?

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20 Comments

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee November 1, 2021 at 06:02

    Great post – and I love the yoga photos!! HA! Funnily enough, when I saw the prompt, I thought of you. Probably because of your link up awhile back, but you were genuinely what sprung to mind -“This is right up Sue’s alley!”

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2021 at 09:07

      Thanks Lydia and also for your comment ‘this is right up Sue’s alley’ I love it. I’m honoured that you thought of me when you saw the prompt as you are pretty young at heart yourself. Have a great November and also hopefully you will be getting back to those concerts you so enjoy. #lifethisweek

  • Reply Debbie Harris November 1, 2021 at 06:47

    You are a beautiful soul Sue, young at heart, mind, body and soul. I agree with Lydia this one was right up your alley. You epitomise staying young while growing old and I’m so pleased to have you as a friend to help inspire me to improve my fitness and health. Love the photos and keep doing what you’re doing as it’s definitely working! #lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2021 at 09:08

      Oh Deb, I felt a little teary when I read your beautiful words. I think I’m surrounded by beautiful souls which includes you and that helps keep me young and alive as well. I’m very fortunate to have so much love surrounding me and of course those grandsons of mine just light me up every time I see them. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au November 1, 2021 at 11:10

    You are certainly an inspiration to all Midlife women Sue. I’m about to hit 60 and it’s the women in my blogging tribe who have made the transition so much easier. It’s the first time I haven’t struggled with the idea of changing decades and I’m sure it’s due to the different ways I’ve seen those in their 60’s making the most of life. It’s different for all of us, but staying fit and healthy, accepting the aging process, and doing our best to age gracefully and gratefully is the key isn’t it?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2021 at 09:09

      Thanks Leanne and yes 60 is a great phase! I certainly don’t feel 64 in my mind although sometimes my body tells me otherwise. I agree there are many women making the most of their lives in their 60s and soon you will have joined our club! Happy birthday in advance! x

  • Reply Donna Connolly November 1, 2021 at 11:41

    Ditto to all of the above, Sue. You are a true inspiration to Women Over 50 everywhere. Your kindness, caring, thoughtfulness and generosity are remarkable gifts to all who are fortunate to be around you.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2021 at 09:10

      Thanks so much Donna for your beautiful words but they are also describing you. Thank you for being such a special person in my life. xx

  • Reply Christine November 1, 2021 at 11:45

    Keeping young is much more than the physical, isn’t it? Keeping moving is important but so is keeping your brain active and keeping a positive can-do attitude. Apparently I’m not too young to be dressing up as a witch fur Hallowe’en this weekend!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2021 at 09:11

      It is so much more than physical, Christine. I think that if we keep an active mind everything else falls into place. Go you! dressing up for Hallowe’en sounds like great fun!

  • Reply Toni Pike November 1, 2021 at 13:17

    Love how you stay young, Sue – perfect advice and you’re looking fabulous. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2021 at 09:12

      Thanks Toni, you are always so supportive of all that I do. xx

  • Reply Deborah Cook November 1, 2021 at 13:21

    I love all of these Sue and know that I’ve been feeling better about myself now that I’m exercising a bit more lately. I realise it’s a vicious cycle because when I’m feeling really low or old and fat and frumpy I can’t find the motivation or energy to move or do things. But doing them (and seeing results – more importantly) help me feel better about myself.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2021 at 09:13

      It is a vicious circle, Deb and I go through it too. At the moment we are going through a few personal issues and it is taking me all my time just to get through the day. I do feel better after moving though so I’m sure as you do more you are going to feel stronger in body and mind. You’ve got this! xx

  • Reply Joanne Tracey November 3, 2021 at 07:38

    I love how your creativity comes out too through your fitness training – it really is about holistic fitness ie moving all your (ahem) moving parts and flexing all your muscles, including your happiness ones. Thanks for being you.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2021 at 09:49

      Hi Jo, yes, it is an area that I’m learning to be more creative with and of course it helps having great clients! xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan November 3, 2021 at 18:42

    Great post Sue and I am glad you shared for this post about all that helps you keep young. I agree that so much of it is about an attitude. I have always stayed ‘young’ in terms of on-line and in life connections. In fact I cannot even count any more than 5 people I know (other than my husband) who is 70 or over.
    Maybe it’s within me to be ‘young’….as I love being with little kids and am part of their stories as they want me to be, I have been called ‘one of the kids’ by my Dad when I held hands with my kids, and their cousins and we all jumped into the pool.
    I like that you are continuing education. So important to have purpose and for that to then lead to more connections.
    At times I remember my age, and then try to remember who in my family was still alive at this age and who had died. It’s pretty sobering and for you even moreso.
    It’s been great to have your blog post linked up for the week on Life This Week.
    Thank you so much. I look forward to seeing you next Monday too. The optional prompt is Sharing Your Snaps (photos).
    And a big thank you for showing your appreciation for guest blogger, Mr Whelan, in 2021.
    Take care, Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2021 at 09:52

      Thanks for the prompt Denyse otherwise I would not have thought about writing this post!

  • Reply suzanne November 4, 2021 at 23:44

    Sue, I have always admired your approach to aging, and the results shine through! Keep doing and sharing – we are listening and learning.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2021 at 09:55

      Thanks for your support and being one of my cheerleaders, Suzanne. Much appreciated. xx

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