How to Embrace Life with an Ageless Attitude?
What does an ageless attitude truly mean? Is it a physical state of being? A mental one or perhaps it is a spiritual awareness? It might just be a combination of the tree. What we can say for sure is that it’s time to change our societal beliefs regarding what aging means and how we feel about it.
What is meant by successful aging?
Western culture is incredibly guilty of emphasizing preserving the physical aspect of youth, maintaining beauty, and we achieve this by consuming services and products. What you may not realize, though, is that the secret to ageless living lies in your attitude.
The ageless attitude. It is this attitude which will help you flourish mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
How can you capture the ageless attitude for yourself? Well, let’s first discuss some of the aspects of your life and age stereotypes that affect your overall aging process.
Spoiler alert: there is no magical age that you reach when you suddenly feel feeble or frail or even decrepit. No, you won’t turn 50 and feel the sudden urge to rush to the grocery store to buy adult diapers.
How can attitude and a healthy lifestyle improve health and wellbeing?
Do you know what amazing women are 50 and older? Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, and Jane Fonda! Do any of them seem like targets for hearing aid commercials or adult diapers? No, of course not. (Source)
The bar for old age is certainly higher now than ever before. We’re more relaxed than our parents were at our age. We dress better, the classic old folk’s fashion is disappearing from stores as there is no longer a need to dress dowdily.
Additionally, we are living longer, and we work later. Not only do we feel younger for longer, we look it, too. In fact, the fastest-growing age group of the American population, according to the 2010 census, is centenarians, which are people who live to be 100 or older. The belief is that is only set to grow (and perhaps by tenfold). (Source)
At What Age Is a Person Considered Elderly?
So, the idea of old has changed quite a bit over the years, and many people in this age group are aghast at the thought of being referred to as senior citizens.
If you’re in this age group or have family members that are you probably don’t think of them as senior citizens. You probably reserve that title for people in their late 70s and beyond. Our perception of who is old changes as we age, yes, but it’s changing everywhere else now, too.
Aging is just a matter of fact. It’s going to happen, whether you are ready or not. However, when you’re ready and positive about the changes set to come your way you are going to experience a healthier aging experience.
The choices you make when it comes to nutrition, exercise, and more play a major role in how healthily you age. If you start telling yourself that your memory is failing, you simply because you recently celebrated your 50th birthday – then there’s a good chance you will talk yourself into aging earlier than necessary.
How do you stay healthy with age?
There are certain steps you can take to ensure your ageless attitude remains intact – and a healthy body is a major one. That means eating well and exercising.
Four main factors contribute to the process of aging. Inflammation, stress, oxidative damage, and glycation. (Source)
How to Reduce Inflammation as You Age?
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to protect against attacks. However, long-term inflammation is another story. It’s a silent killer operating under the radar to damage the walls of blood vessels. It is a major factor in degenerative diseases.
You can combat them by eating plenty of foods good for fighting inflammation, such as leafy greens, seeds, garlic, nuts, onions, and beans.
The Effects of Stress on Aging
- damage blood vessels,
- shrink your brain,
- affect your heart rate,
- blood pressure,
- blood sugar levels.
It also fuels chronic inflammation. When we talk about stress management we are talking about something that is vital to your health and happiness.
You can manage your stress by practicing self-care, whether it’s with a hobby, meditation, praying or learning how to breathe properly. Sleep is also an important factor in stress levels. It’s vital that you get at least seven hours on a nightly basis.
How Do You Stop Oxidative Stress?
Your cells are literally rusting, causing them to age from within. Oxidative stress plays a role in cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and dementia. This is a result of free radicals so it’s vital that you eat a healthy diet, one that is rich in antioxidants. (Source)
Go organic where possible, only choose lean proteins, the freshest fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.
How Do You Reduce Glycation?
When excess sugar is present it attaches itself to fat molecules and proteins which leads to glycation thus damaging every system of the body. The best way to fight this is by avoiding excess sugar consumption, limiting your intake of simple cards and avoiding any food that is fried.
When combined, these four factors damage your DNA, your cells, organs, bodily functions, and systems, and can even contribute to brain shrinkage.
You might feel overwhelmed by the thought of overcoming these factors, however, with stress management, a healthy diet, regular exercise, building healthy relationships, and a positive attitude you can overcome this to extend your life and live healthier for longer.
Now, let’s look at some key habits that will support your pursuit of obtaining an ageless attitude.