Getting older can bring with it many transitions form relationship dynamics with children to becoming more health conscious. There are also many expectations and  misconceptions about aging that don’t make the transition easier. The aging process is often portrayed in the media and culture as being a period of increasing decline in both mental and physical capacities. However, this is simply not a true portrayal. Your personality and who you are doesn’t change as you age, and as far as mental and physical capacities go, we still have a lot of choice in how well we age. All you need is to make sure you make choices that will keep your body and mind as youthful as you are on the inside!

Keep Moving

They say a rolling stone grows no moss, so keep moving and don’t let yourself grow stagnant! Walking and gardening are popular activities, but they are by no means the only choices you have to keep yourself healthy and active. Other sports like swimming, yoga, and dancing are also great options for staying fit. Yoga and dance classes are also a fantastic opportunity to keep your social life healthy at the same time as maintaining, or even improving, your physical condition.

Flex Those Muscles!

Keeping, and improving your muscle tone is increasingly important as you age. Balance is one of the strongest predictors of longevity. Balance is largely an ability that is dependent on muscular strength, particularly in the core. Taking any type of fitness class will help with muscular strength and balance, but you don’t need a gym to stay fit and keep your muscles strong. A simple Google search will reveal a plethora of exercises you can do at home, or when traveling to work on your core muscles.


Your social health is every bit as important as our physical health. Being engaged in a social environment will keep things interesting and help keep your mind active and sharp. There are a huge number of possibilities to keep you socially and mentally engaged. Take a class at a local community college or learning center in a subject that has always interested you; join a club to learn a new hobby; or volunteer for a cause that is close to your heart. The possibilities are almost endless if you do a little digging.

No matter which ways you chose to take care of your physical, mental, and social health, just remember that the choices are yours. No matter what age you are, or what expectations society sets, you were born to be a rule breaker and make yourself happy!

About the Author: Sally Perkins is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and traveling as much as possible.

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