As we get a little older, we tend to lose our muscle strength, flexibility, and balance. This is a part of life. Fortunately, running after 60 is a terrific way to strengthen our bodies, while improving our cardiovascular health. Running offers other great health benefits like reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, depression and dementia.
Here are a few insights and ideas to help you get started with running after 60:
I want to share a secret with you. Like many women over 60, I am dealing with loneliness. Some days I just feel a little isolated from the world. Other days — well, I don’t like to talk about those days. Let’s just say that there are times when the quiet corridors of my mind are dangerous places to wander.
As I walk, I see doors to little dusty rooms, holding sharp memories. Worse are the big brass doors that hold my fondest memories. These barriers stop me from spending too much time in the past, when every day was filled with my family, friends and laughter.
Do you love hats? So do I! I’m not sure why, but, the older I get, the more I love looking for interesting hats and other accessories. Talking with the other women in the Sixty and Me community, it sounds like I’m not alone!
If you are wondering how to overcome loneliness, you may want to start by looking around your house. It is often said that your home is a reflection of your mind. They say that the choices we make in how we decorate, who we invite into our homes and how we spend our time reflect our personality and values. This is true to an extent, but, did you ever think about the fact that the opposite is also true?
Did you ever consider that the way that you organize your home may be contributing to your feelings of loneliness, or intimacy after 60?
Each one of us has a powerful story to tell. We may not know the words yet, but, deep inside our heart, we know what we want to say. Every time I talk to another woman in our community, I learn something new. Every single one of you has a fascinating story to tell.
Cindy Joseph is a master of reinvention. mature model, entrepreneur and “positive-aging” activist, Cindy is a shining example of what is possible as an older adult.
First jobs can be both liberating and terrifying. Many of the women in the Sixty and Me community started their work lives as waitresses, store clerks, babysitters, fruit pickers and helpers in a family business. We worked long hours for little pay. Yet, despite the challenges, having a job helped us to transition into adulthood with a sense of pride and independence.
When parents are unable to raise their children, grandparents often step in. In the U.S., there are millions of grandparents raising grandchildren. These families are often called “grandfamilies.” Of course raising your own grandchildren is not without it’s challenges, but, it can also be rewarding.
When it comes to picking destinations to experience, I’m a snob. The less-travelled, the better. Except for one place: Machu Picchu. There are few more iconic tourist destinations… but what if you’re not looking for a tourist experience? That’s why I went with Road Scholar. I wanted the physical challenge of hiking the 26-mile-long Inca Trail that leads to the mountaintop fortress and the chance to learn from Inca experts along the way.
If you are turning 50 this year, you may be a bit apprehensive. After all, life in your 50s is a time of transitions. If you had children, they have probably left the house and are beginning the long process of building their own lives.