I’m always amazed by how different our experiences with healthy aging can be. Setting aside serious injuries and illnesses, there is still a huge range of health outcomes for women over 60. While all of us experience the occasional aches and pains, some of us still feel full of energy and vitality. Others struggle to get out of the house.
Over the last few years, I have interviewed yoga teachers and nutritional experts. I have talked with globally recognized neuroscientists and “ordinary” women from every walk of life. If you are interested in hearing my conclusions about healthy aging, I have included some links at the end of this article.
Today, I want to do something a bit different. I want to hear your story. I want to understand what healthy aging means to you and, more importantly, what concrete steps you have taken to get in shape and stay healthy after 60.
I wanted to start this discussion for a couple of reasons. First, and most obviously, I want to hear your practical advice. I’m sure that all of us will find at least one new technique that we didn’t know before.
Second, and more important, I want to encourage you to inspire each other. It’s one thing to read about the herculean efforts of women who become professional weightlifters in their 70s or swim to Cuba in their 60s. It’s another thing to hear the everyday struggles and successes of people just like us.
Please take a few minutes to share your story in the comments section below. I can’t wait to read what all of you think the key to healthy aging is.
What do you think is the key to healthy aging? What steps have you taken to improve your health or fitness in the last few years? Let’s get the conversation started!
If you are looking for some additional healthy aging resources, please check out these articles:
Healthy Aging: 10 Small Habits that Can Make a Huge Difference
6 Lessons My Mother Taught Me About (Not) Aging Well
Is Healthy Aging a Priority in Your Life? These 9 Tips Will Help