Growing older is not the same as growing old.
Old is a state of mind and body, not a number. So, if you want to grow better as you age, there are many fun and exciting ways to accomplish that.

Take the time to read the daily comics, watch a funny television show or movie, or call a cheerful friend.

A great way to keep away the aches and pains is to keep moving. Being proactive is better than being reactive, so take the time to exercise, even if it is just a short walk around your neighborhood each day. If you are able to do more, go for it! Daily stretching is also a wonderful way to keep your joints and muscles healthy. Although pushing yourself can be beneficial for a variety of reasons, be sure not to overdo it and cause injury. It is important to exercise within your physical capacity and always consult your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen.

In addition to walking and stretching, weight lifting is an important part of healthy aging. Most people think of muscle building or toning when they hear “weight lifting.” Although those are definitely two of the benefits, there is another benefit of interest—bone density. Even with light weights, weight training helps to increase bone density and avoid osteoporosis. So take the time twice a week.

Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you were there? If at times your memory does not serve you as well as you would like, take the time to examine various aspects of your life. Memory can be negatively affected by diet, medication misuse, depression, and more. To keep your memory keen, see what adjustments may need to be made and be active. Seek out new activities, play games, phone a friend, volunteer, add variety to your life and exercise. Believe it or not, exercise has been proven to grow brain cells!

Are you stressed? Although stress can be positive, it can also rob you of energy and beauty. That is why, if you are wanting to grow old gracefully, you must do your best to remain positive and peaceful. Laughter is a great way to release stress and turn a negative mood positive.

Take the time to read the daily comics, watch a funny television show or movie, or call a cheerful friend. To avoid stress in the first place, adopt the practice of asking for help. Many of us try to do everything ourselves, when that is just not possible. Also, set some time aside each day to pray or meditate.

Remember, we don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

By Lora Incardona