Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

10 Tips To Help You Age Gracefully

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“Watching yourself age is not the most gratifying spectator sport.” – Valerie Monroe

Aging, whether your hate it or embrace it, it is something that is happening to us since we made our glorious entrance into this world.

You either get older, or you die. I prefer the former.

Why is it that some people just seem to get better with age and some seem to deteriorate?

I have my suspicions.

One of the things I have noticed is that if a person spends their life investing in their looks, when those looks start to fade, they have a harder time dealing with the loss. It’s like putting water in a bucket, then discovering too late that the bucket has many, many holes in it.

Thankfully as I aged, my interests grew with me. I think many people are a little narcissistic and superficial from their teens and early 20’s. It is tragic if you don’t grow out of that phase.

For me, I took an interest in writing and learning all I could about writing fiction. Then I married and had children and that took me down an entirely different path. I follow my instincts and my passions, whether that leads me to taking horse-back riding lessons for the first time at 44, or learning about holistic health or how to become a successful entrepreneur over 50.

Learning and doing new things is what keeps me interested and interesting.

When I was younger, I used to work out to look good in a bikini. Now I work out to keep my body working the way it should as I age. My priorities changed as I aged and I think that is where many people have a hard time dealing with the aging process.

They stay stuck in the “working out to look good in a bikini” mode instead of just enjoying and learning from life.

Demi Moore comes to mind. Now, I don’t know Demi Moore. However, when a woman has banked on her gorgeous good looks and figure pretty much her entire life, it has to be hard to deal with the passage of time. When I see photos of her hanging out with her 20-something daughters and trying to look and act as young as they are, I feel sad for her.

She and I are about the same age. I would hate to think I was trying to keep up and compete with 20-something women.

So, how do you age with grace? How do you get better with age? Here are 10 tips:

1. Exercise regularly – You should continue to exercise at least 45 minutes 4 times a week. Not so you can be a bikini babe, but because it keeps your heart young, improves your mood and gives your brain a boost.

2. Eat a mostly Mediterranean Diet – Eat your veggies and your fruits! Use Olive Oil.

3. Stay away from those bad “vices” – You know the ones … smoking, heavy drinking and drugs.

4. Get plenty of sleep – Getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night can set you up for all sorts of physical and mental problems. Get those zzzz’s in!

5. Take care of your mental health – Get rid of your emotional baggage. Carrying the negative stuff around only causes you stress and stress causes inflammation, which is not good for you!

6. Control you blood pressure – High blood pressure can set you up for a myriad of problems, including dementia. Eat right, exercise and keep calm.

7. Eat your vitamins – I like to juice and drink 2 oz. of Ningxia Red every day to get all of my vitamins in. The BEST way to get your vitamins is through eating the right foods.

8. Keep friends close – According to Blue Zones, people who maintain broad social networks as they age have higher scores on intelligence tests and lower rates of dementia. Stay connected!

9. Learn something new every day – The use it or lose it philosophy goes for your body and your brain. The more you challenge your brain, the better it performs. Try learning an instrument, learning a new language, learning a new skill. Anything that will keep your brain in learning mode is good. Do it in a group setting and it’s even better!

10. Avoid diabetes – Uncontrolled diabetes can thin the brain’s cortex, increasing risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. This is where we go back to the importance of diet and exercise.

Stay healthy. Eat right. Exercise and enjoy your life.

Whether you’re 20 or 60, you can age with grace!

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