I am not a fitness expert by any stretch of the imagination. I do, however, keep a certain physical routine in order to stack the odds in my favour for aging well. In other words, I don’t have any issue getting older, I just don’t want to age too fast. As a matter of fact, when asked how I felt about turning 50 this year, I sincerely responded that it was much better than the alternative…not turning 50!
One of the best books I have read on the subject of aging well is Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge. The authors make a compelling case that the human body doesn’t understand chronological aging, it just understands whether it’s needed or not. Put physical and mental demands on the body every day and the cells regenerate. Don’t put physical and mental demands on the body every day and it degenerates…in other words—it ages and fast.
A sure fire way to tell the body it’s needed is a brisk one-hour walk. Yes, you should work up a sweat, but you don’t need to run. Pick different and interesting walking trails and you’ll barely notice that you exercising. It’s awesome for the body and the brain. If you do that every day the results will be noticeable, as a matter of fact, I’ll bet you’ll look younger next year. If you get lost on your walks let me respectfully suggest that you take up Sudoku or crossword puzzles to boost that brain power. And no, running to the local liquor store to grab a bottle of wine or trying to remember where you put your keys, doesn’t count.