I turn 52 years old next week and somedays I feel my age. As a Physical Therapist for the last 26 years, I realize how hard it can be getting older and still wanting to be active and strong. Aging is normal and should be embraced, we can’t turn back the hands of time. However, we do have the ability to greatly effect our quality of aging by the lifestyle choices we make today. So what is the difference between “normal” and “successful aging”? In our quest for aging successfully, we aim to limit/reduce our level of disability and disease, maintain a high level of brain health and cognition, and remain socially engaged. Elizabeth and I have fully embraced this concept to give us the best possible environment for successful aging.
What does that look like on a daily and weekly basis? We should all be training both our physical bodies and our minds. Strength training 3-4 times a week for both your upper and lower body, core work 3-5 times per week, and H.I.I.T. ( High Intensity Interval Training) 1-3 times per week for cardiorespiratory fitness.
Developing a Meditation practice is a scientifically proven way to reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration, and elevate your mood. Elizabeth is a certified meditation teacher with over 70 free meditations on her website. Even meditating for 5-10 minutes daily has shown to be effective. Learning how we can control our breath with breathing exercises can effect our nervous system can also be another tool to help reduce anxiety and even panic attacks.
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Ed and Elizabeth Deboo, PT’s