Welcome back, fellow fitness friends! April’s overall theme is aging. This is something that I know we can all relate to. Time stops for no one and despite staying in the present as much as possible, aging is inevitable. My opinion is age is only a number. While you can’t stop yourself from aging, you don’t have to let your age define you.
Take a moment to think about how old you are. Now, think about how old you feel. Furthermore, how old does society perceive you to be? Let’s take me for example. I’m forty years old. However, most days I feel like I’m ten years younger. How I look and behave affects how old people perceive me to be. When you feel like your best self, others will see it as well!
There are many different factors that determine how old we are. While our age defines the number of years we’ve been alive, our energy levels, physical state, and mentality have something to do with how old we feel too. One study I read showed that negative outlooks on the self and life, and stress management can affect how fast you age. So whether you are 35, 45, or 55, you may feel older or younger depending on how much stress you endure on a daily basis.
The way you acknowledge and think about your age can affect you as well. For example, some people turn 50 and immediately think, “it’s all downhill from here.” This negative way of thinking will only make you feel older by the day. However, there are other people who turn 50 and think, “Another milestone! Here’s to the next one!” These are the people who don’t let their age define them and their ability to live their lives. These are also the people that society perceives to be younger than they actually are. Staying focused after 50 and beyond is helpful for aging gracefully click here to learn more
Think of your future. What kind of old do you want to be? Do you want to be the kind of old that let’s their age confine them and prevent them from doing the things they love? OR do you want to be the kind of old that is wise enough to know that they can do anything they want to despite their age? My dad is the perfect example of the latter. He’s over 70, and yet he isn’t afraid to get down on the floor and wrestle with his grandchildren. My dad doesn’t like to talk about his age because even though he’s over 70, he feels like he is in his 60’s. He doesn’t let his age define what he can and can’t do, and he doesn’t let society define him based on his age either.
Thinking about the aging process can be a lot for everyone. Society had laid out a timeline consisting of what people should and shouldn’t be doing by the time they’re 30, 40, 50, and so on. However, it’s important to remember that this is your life! And while it may be troubling or even make you angry to think about getting older, the only real issue with aging is the side effects. If you can mitigate those with a future focused outlook and mindset, you can do whatever you want, no matter how old you are! My friend Diane Lang talks about how all emotions are good here
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