This week we had a choice of 2 topics. I'm choosing Healthy Aging.
September is Healthy Aging Month
The WHO defines healthy aging as “as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age”. Functional ability is about having the capabilities that enable all people to be and do what they have reason to value."
Good Nutrition --
~~ eating healthy can help protect you from certain health problems that occur more frequently among older adults. Vegetables, fruits, grains, protein foods, dairy products, and oils are important in keeping muscles, bones, organs, and other parts of the body strong throughout life.
Physical Activity --
~~ love it or hate it you've got to MOVE IT! Find an activity you enjoy and do it. Walk the dog, walk the neighborhood, save gas and walk to work or the store. You'll help your body decrease the risks of falls, decrease your risk of high blood pressure, weight gain, osteoporosis, arthritis & diabetes and heart disease. How can you say 'no' to all THOSE benefits? Nobody said you have to run a marathon. Just move a little. At least 3 hours a week. And lift those weights!
Weight Management --
~~ lets face it, the older you get it truly is a battle with your weight. It goes to places that you're just like "
REALLY??" So -- back to Good nutrition & physical activity!
Positive Attitude --
~~ "don't worry. Be happy"
It's a fact of life. You may not like it but getting older is a fact. How you choose to face it is another story. You can either choose to get old or get oldER. Personally, I choose oldER. I refuse to get old. I plan to be a functioning, fun-loving, spunky senior. I'll be 60 in April (sometimes I still have to check my birth certificate) I don't have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, etc. I'm no longer over weight. I walk to work & sometimes home. I have a job where I'm on my feet constantly, bending, stretching, stooping. I don't know how much of that is me or my genes. My dad is in his 80's and plays tennis & walks all the time. Just keep a positive attitude!
HAVE FUN WITH LIFE!!