One of the best things that you can do to get the most from life after 60 is to get in great shape.
Even small things, like setting an egg-timer to remind yourself to get up and stretch every hour, can have a big impact on your body. Many people also find pleasure in gardening, strolling in the park or walking a dog.
What would you say if I told you that there was a way to feel healthier, find more energy, improve your intelligence and look better?
No, I’m not talking about a new gene therapy or magic anti-aging potion. My solution won’t cost you a penny. It you want to improve every aspect of your life, all you need to do is exercise.
Over the last several years, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with hundreds of baby boomer women about their happiness, health and financial security.
Through these conversations, I have come to realize that the single best thing you can do to have an amazing life after 60 is exercise regularly.
We all know the truth. We’ve heard it hundreds of times: some form of daily or almost daily exercise after 60 will keep both your body and your mind happy.
I used to detest lifting weights. I thought it was boring, pointless, and, well, hard. I’d much rather run or do yoga or go surfing. Then, last year, my son Chris, a fitness expert and record-holding powerlifter, asked me if I’d like to compete in a local deadlift competition.
I went on my first diet when I was 14. I had been a gymnast and a diver when I was younger, and as I slipped into the more sedentary life of a teenager – and my body entered puberty – I started worrying that I weighed too much.
I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that some people were more “cut out” for exercise than others. At school there were those who loved Physical Education lessons and those who dreaded them.
What happens to our bodies, emotions and memory in our 50s and 60s? They take us by surprise.
It’s easy to think of your body as being completely separate from your brain. After all, your emotions and thoughts feel very different than the sensations in your body.
The reality is that your body and brain are intimately connected – and this has serious implications for dealing with stress and anxiety. This is one of the many reasons that exercise over 60 is so important.