Hi, I’m Ron. As I enter my Golden Years (I’m 65 at the time of this writing), I’m becoming more aware and interested in the different tips and techniques that I can use to slow down the aging process.
Anti-aging topics like, good nutrition, adequate exercise, skin care, weight management and living a healthy lifestyle are keys to keep one looking and feeling younger than their numerical age. Like they say “Age is only a number.” and “You are as young as you feel.” are both good mantras to keep in mind. And it is so true. There are things you can do to preserve your mobility, health and body functions well into your senior years.
In regard to the above topics, like good nutrition, seniors sometimes do not eat the right types or quantity of food. As we grow older, our metabolism slows down and if we are eating the same amount of food as we did when we were younger, you are going to put on weight – a huge issue in older adults. This in turn leads to other health issues, such as obesity and diabetes. If you would like to learn more about obesity and diabetes, go to my sister site over at Diabetes Management.
Another area often overlooked as we get older is exercise. However, getting some daily exercise helps burn off those extra calories you are eating; if you burn off more calories than you eat, you’ll lose weight. Strength training is a type of exercise older adults should do because it keeps their bones strong and delays, prevents, and in some cases, reverses bone loss. Plus it helps burn off excess calories that would otherwise be stored as fat.
Besides strength training, yoga and Pilates are two exercise programs that can help increase balance and flexibility. Falls from losing one’s balance is the number one cause of seniors breaking bones. In many cases, they never fully regain their independence and end up in a care facility. If you attend classes, just make sure they are geared toward your age group.
Just so you know, I do not have a degree or even any credentials in health and fitness, my degree is in business administration. But what I do have that is relevant is an insatiable passion for senior health. I’m growing older year by year – just like you, but I plan to go kicking and screaming in the process. I, like many of you, want to stay as young and healthy as I can for as long as I can. Information in this blog helps me do that and it can help you do the same.
My goal with Secrets of Aging is to share some commonly accepted and proven tips, techniques and programs you can (and should) be doing to stay as young as you can – both mentally and physically. What is good for the body is also good for the mind! So get on board and let’s start the ride to feeling and staying young so that your senior years are some of the most enjoyable of your life!