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Old 02-24-2010, 09:36 AM
 
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I've been enjoying all the retirement threads but don't see much about staying young and healthy past the age of 50 or 60....
Healthy, yes.

But what is this obsession about "staying young?" First of all, life only goes in one direction; second, why would a person who has lived a half century or more want to "stay young." What a grotesque ideal.

Life is about growing up, moving forward, gaining new experiences....what an appalling idea to be stuck in "young."
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:49 AM
 
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I've been enjoying all the retirement threads but don't see much about staying young and healthy past the age of 50 or 60. Maybe we can give each other some ideas on this thread--healthy lifestyles, foods/nutrition, exercise, outlook, etc. (no sex, porn, etc on this thread!!)

My personal interests are: affordable (I started the shoestring retirement thread) and things that people of nearly all physical abilities can do for exercise (I won't be interested in jogging or gymnastics or sailing, for ex, but maybe those who do these things can get the rest of us intersted in some kind of reg exercise(.

I'm esp interested in feeling young, rather than trying to look young. Practical ideas that the boomers are known for. So, posters...

Moderators out there: are we allowed to mention foods, herbs, supplements as long as we don't name the brands?
I'm 40 in about a month and you might be surprised to know I'm actually thinking about this.

1) Just like saving for retirement, don't wait until your 55-60 to get in shape...by then it might be too late.

2) Sustainable exercise. Hey, jogging is great but it's hard on the body and joints. Still you need to live your life. Look at transitioning to exercises that are smoother on the body....just look at all the retirees needing new knees, hips etc.

3) Exercise partner or group with a set schedule...makes you go even when you don't want to.

4) Try new things, do NOT fall in a rut. Take a different route to the grocery store, try a food you've never tried, every once in a while do something totally out of your comfort zone. Also do puzzles etc. as all of these things can promote mental acuity.

P.S. WTH is up with the "no porn in the thread" request? LOL what forums have you been hanging around here that you even have to mention this?

P.S.S. Watch lots of porn. Just kidding.
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Old 02-24-2010, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Healthy, yes.

But what is this obsession about "staying young?" First of all, life only goes in one direction; second, why would a person who has lived a half century or more want to "stay young." What a grotesque ideal.

Life is about growing up, moving forward, gaining new experiences....what an appalling idea to be stuck in "young."
Young not in age, but in outlook. Young doesn't always mean immature or not grown up or "inexperienced." My dad died in his sixties, I think he talked himself into dying with his poor, negative attitude always focused on getting old. OUr western culture also seems to make us old before our time. Studies have shown the link between disease and mental outlook--"thinking young" (as in fresh, fun, unjaded) vs. "thinking old." And yes, I guess that some of us ARE obsessed with thinking and staying young! Beats the alternative!

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Old 02-24-2010, 10:05 AM
 
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I'm 40 in about a month and you might be surprised to know I'm actually thinking about this.

1) Just like saving for retirement, don't wait until your 55-60 to get in shape...by then it might be too late.

2) Sustainable exercise. Hey, jogging is great but it's hard on the body and joints. Still you need to live your life. Look at transitioning to exercises that are smoother on the body....just look at all the retirees needing new knees, hips etc.

3) Exercise partner or group with a set schedule...makes you go even when you don't want to.

4) Try new things, do NOT fall in a rut. Take a different route to the grocery store, try a food you've never tried, every once in a while do something totally out of your comfort zone. Also do puzzles etc. as all of these things can promote mental acuity.

P.S. WTH is up with the "no porn in the thread" request? LOL what forums have you been hanging around here that you even have to mention this?

P.S.S. Watch lots of porn. Just kidding.
Good for you! Forty seems a long way back for me!

Re: jogging--I cannot do impact exercises, but my vascular MD suggested getting a mini trampoline with a hold-on bar, says this is the best form of no impact exercise. It is the only exercise I can really do, even walking is too high impact for me at certain times. The nice thing about the trampoline is that you can walk gently on it, jump just slightly, dance to rock or whatever music you like, even to slow tunes. This idea of his was a godsend for me.

As for porn, haven't seen any on CD - I'm sure the moderators would be out there with their scissors! LOL - this particular thread is a "wholesome" one, that's all!
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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Great thread! I found a book, The Entrepreneur's Diet. Sounds sort of cheesy, I know, but it's actually a good "how to" book on increasing the amount of exercise and good nutrition, is very useful, readable and helpful. Just what I was looking for, really.

One thing I've had to do--which is very difficult for me, having grown up on Oklahoma comfort food -- is to lose the focus on food, take smaller and smaller portions, cut the salt, rarely do sugar, and go with all fruits and vegetables, rice, distilled water, green tea, and lots of slow stretching and cardio. I'll be 60 in July and I'm at the point that my body can't handle a lot of sugar and salt; if I overdo it, my ankles swell up, I feel like I can't breath and I get sleep disorders. It's just NOT worth it.

I'm pretty much vegan but I do yogurt (fat free, no sugar) and I do some eggs and maybe twice a month, fish, though it bothers me and I really don't like fish (the smell!). [Fish have faces and intelligence and personality, so it's really not okay to eat them, but that's another thread and not appropriate here.] Lots of stir-fry vegetables (small amount of Canola) and rice. The Asian diet based on five elements (soy, rice, water, fish and green tea) works the best for me. I do Stevia instead of sugar. Oatmeal in the morning, and I juice.

Instead of having sweets all the time, I have them on my birthday and during late December. Again, very difficult for someone raised on peach cobbler and fried chicken. 'Tisn't easy!!

I also have a set of weights at home, and do yoga. Studies indicate that even people in their '90's can improve their muscle tone and general health by lifting weights. It's never too late!

Addendum: I used to take tons and tons and tons of supplements, but it occurred to me: I don't know what's in this stuff, I don't know what the proper proportions are, and that I might well be doing as much damage as good. So I don't take any at all now. I seem to be doing fine.

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Old 02-24-2010, 10:47 AM
 
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I'm 58. I try to keep fit and not get too fat. I love the outdoors - biking, hiking, kayaking.

I subscribe to the old adage 'USE IT OR LOSE IT'. That means in body and mind. Be as adventurous as your income allows.
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Old 02-24-2010, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Sarasota Florida
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Cool So far ~ so good !

At 71 I drive a Toyota RAV4, look very good for my age and don't need any prescribed drugs to maintain good health! My blog describes some of my dietary/nutritional habits.
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Old 02-24-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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Young not in age, but in outlook. Young doesn't always mean immature or not grown up or "inexperienced." ....
My exposure to people in their late teen to early thirties is pretty extensive nowadays, and based on that....and reading what these same age groups have to say in various internet forums, I would say their outlook is usually exactly that: inexperienced, narrowly focused, shallow roots in their cultural heritage, and - through no fault of their own necessarily - usually precious little life experience, which provides balance, sense of proportion, frame of reference, etc.

No thanks, give me those folks who have grown up and older, and left the blinkers of the young behind. In my opinion the stereotypical sour old person, is as often as not the one who never moved beyond the callowness of youth...and not surprisingly finds life a bitter disappointment, having missed most of it.
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Old 02-24-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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My exposure to people in their late teen to early thirties is pretty extensive nowadays, and based on that....and reading what these same age groups have to say in various internet forums, I would say their outlook is usually exactly that: inexperienced, narrowly focused, shallow roots in their cultural heritage, and - through no fault of their own necessarily - usually precious little life experience, which provides balance, sense of proportion, frame of reference, etc.

No thanks, give me those folks who have grown up and older, and left the blinkers of the young behind. In my opinion the stereotypical sour old person, is as often as not the one who never moved beyond the callowness of youth...and not surprisingly finds life a bitter disappointment, having missed most of it.
Many of us would agree with your assessment of some of the younger age people of today, but that isn't what we are talking about when Newenglandgirl, I and others speak of staying young (mentally). It's that ole sourpuss, grumpy, complaining, judgemental, close-minded and refusal to accept change that I am referring to.
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Old 02-24-2010, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley,az summer/east valley Az winter
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after reading the posts a lot is said about being young~

contrary to that my goal is to live until I'm very old!!!

retired~ active~ and enjoying it!!
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