Sunday, September 25, 2011

Making the Most of Turning 60

Hi Everyone,

It's been awhile since I've written a post, and it feels good to get back to it.  As you can see by the title, I've reached a turning point in my life--a new decade, my sixties.  That happened almost two weeks ago, and thank goodness there was a fun party to help me get through it.

Actually, I shouldn't say, "Get through it," because I'm taking The Fit Optimist approach, trying to embrace the future.  So, today I'm sharing my insight on the topic.  Hopefully it will help some of you when it's your turn to become a sexagenarian.  Oh, I like that word!

*This is the final 1/3rd of my life, (give or take probably a handful of years), so it's time to make the most of whatever I do.  To me that means, travel more, spend more time with loved ones, try new things, and volunteer when I can.

*I hope to continue to exercise often and with intensity.  Remember the title of my first post?  Exercise is Your Top Age Eraser.  I really believe in that quote, mostly because of the amount of energy I have in comparison to people who exercise moderately, or not at all.  Sometimes people won't exercise because of past injuries or surgeries.  There's always going to be a type of activity and/or a modification that can work for a person.  With my hip replacements and back fusions, I can still swim, cycle, lift weights, do Pilates, hike and play ping pong.  Yes, I wish I could run, but that's just something I have to realize I can no longer enjoy.  Rather than feeling sad about it, I need to be the optimist that looks for new and enjoyable activities to explore.  And, there's also the fact that when you have variety in workouts, you are using a variety of different muscle groups, therefore improving tone and calorie burning potential.

*I want to take a more holistic approach to wellness, concentrating all all six areas of maturity: personal, emotional, physical, social, intellectual and ethical.  For example, I do many things to improve my personal, social and physical wellness, but could certainly boost my efforts in other areas.  Boosting intellectual wellness would be a good place to start.  I hope to read more, and delve into some topics, like history, that I could stand to learn more about.  Emotionally, why not try meditation?  Journal nightly about my feelings?  Ethically, I bet there's the perfect volunteer opportunity out there with my name on it. 

*Fashionwise,  I'm gonna wear whatever I want to wear, and not worry about whether or not it's too young or too old for me.  If I like it, that's all that matters.  And, while I'm on the topic, why don't the magazines, even the ones I love, have more articles geared for people over fifty?  Just a pet peeve of mine.  I guess the editors figure we'll just read our AARP magazines and be happy we have a magazine written just for us.

Those are my thoughts.  I didn't have to write much to cover the huge gamut of what I hope to embrace in the future. I'd love to hear your thoughts on aging.  If you have trouble posting a comment, you can always send an email to:

Wishing you wellness!


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