AGING AND RETIREMENT … AGE IS ONLY A NUMBER … PATH TO LIFE SUCCESS
The notion that after you reach 65 and retire, your health and vigor must suffer is one of the more common misconceptions people have about retirement. In truth, retirement has little or nothing to do with declining health or well-being. There are many 30- and 40-year olds who are flabby, out of shape, and sickly, just are there are 70- and 80-year-olds who are robust, fit, and young in the truest sense. Reality is often the very reverse of what we think!
Being young and employed or unemployed often means being under considerable daily stress, year in and year out. This takes its toll on health and fitness. When you retire, you are unchained from the energy-sapping treadmill. You find abundant leisure time to devote to such things as exercise and nutrition. This accounts for the common observation by retirees that they become more fit and vibrantly healthy at this stage of life if they make the choice to do so!
AGE IS ONLY A NUMBER
With the strong advertising of the Youth Culture we have been guided, expected, and encouraged by advertisers in the past to act and dress young. The youth culture has itself come of age and, along with the rest of the population whose taste this vast group tend to share, has seemed to have cast aside its obsessive preoccupation with being Peter Pans and Tinkerbells. Attitudes are more flexible and much of the stigma regarding age has gone. Age is but a number and no more a reliable a predictor of a person’s character, lifestyle, or creative potentials than gossip or card readings.
With people of all ages taking to fitness-promoting activities, launching new careers, becoming entrepreneurs, starting businesses, returning to school, and becoming involved in the community, the notion of “acting your age” has lost whatever meaning it once may have had.
Chronological Versus Physiological Age
When we speak of age, we tend to think of chronological age or age defined by calendar. There is a truer measure called physiological age which is determined by factors such as heredity, nutrition, exercise, stress control, and outlook on life. People who look and feel younger than their actual years often are.
Recent studies indicate that the gap between chronological and physiological age is widening. Physiologically, the average 50-year-old is significantly younger than his or her parents were at the same age. Our grandparents tended to arrive at midlife exhausted from their labors, burned out, and old.
Today, in athletic competition at the senior’s level, men in their 70′s are commonly running marathons in times that better Olympic world records set in the early 1900′s! A few years ago, a 57-year-old cyclist finished eighth in the world in a gruelling 500-mile open competition held in California. My suggestion to you is that if you’re planning to slow down, wait ’til you’re 90! WOW!
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