The secret to keeping youthful..?

87 but still youthful...

Many young people come up to me to say “I would like to be like you when I am in my 80s. What is your secret to keeping youthful?”

It is quite simple, really. There are NO secrets but…

  1. You  must truly want to keep fit and as healthy as possible… long into the future
  2. Make a commitment and adapt the routines as a part of your lifestyle, as opposed to ‘exercising because I have been advised to do so’
  3. Think positive and be always young at heart

Someone told me once, that I am obsessive about my routines, which most people cannot keep to so religiously. It might be true, but any effort is better than none at all…

Read on and see the excerpts of what experts say about keeping fit at any age…

1) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanette-jenkins/healthy  living_b_1177880.html?ref=healthy-living

7 Steps to Make Healthy Living a Lifetime Habit

Jeanette Jenkins Founder and president of “The Hollywood Trainer”:…..”The key to life-changing results is to be committed and consistent to healthy living….. It’s never too late to get in shape. It doesn’t matter if you’re 22 or 72….”

2) http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/aging-well-through-exercise

Aging Well Through Exercise

Dr. Vonda Wright, an orthopedic surgeon and founder of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: … “We don’t know what kinds of exercise are best … What we can say with certainty is that any activity is better than none …and more is probably better than less. But the bigger message is that it looks as if how we age can be under our control. Through exercise, you can preserve muscle mass and strength and avoid the decline from vitality to frailty.”

3) http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/how-exercise-can-keep-the-brain-fit/

How Exercise Can Keep the Brain Fit

Dr. Laura Middleton, is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario: “Our results indicate that vigorous exercise isn’t necessaryto protect your mind….I think that’s exciting. It might inspire people who would be intimidated about the idea of quote-unquote exercising to just get up and move.”

Dr. Eric Larson, the vice president of research at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle:  “None of us wants to lose our minds….. so the growing body of science linking activity and improved mental functioning …is a wake-up call. We have to find ways to get everybody moving.

Until the next post….Amen

Suzanne