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Old 02-23-2010, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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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?

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Old 02-23-2010, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I'm a strong believer in how young or old you become has a lot to do with how you think. If you constantly dwell on "I'm getting old~~~" - you will.

There's been a lot of medical studies on what a positive and "young" outlook can do for you as opposed to the opposite. Diet, exercise and learning new things also have a hugh impact.

People can literally talk themselves into being ill and infirm. Our bodies create many different chemicals - some are helpful while others are harmful. It all has to do with how we think. So, after going through some rather ugly times (we all have with this economy) I have decided that I will be the "boss of me" - instead of dwelling on what I've lost I will instead look at what I have. I fired my Financial Advisor and I can't tell you how good I feel that I never have to deal with him again. I will no longer suffer toxic people.

I keep reading about the benefits of walking - plain old walking. Or, what do you enjoy? Do it - do it as much as you can (as long as it's healthy).
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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Walking and stretching are probably the best things you can do. I agree a positive outlook is also important.

I don't know about food except that I avoid all franken-food stuff and stick with real natural foods. If my great great grandmother wouldn't recognize it as food then I won't eat it either. I'm convinced that there is very little valid science in the nutrition-medical advice that has been thrown out and changed the way we view food these days.
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:42 PM
 
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I think the key is to really just continue doing what your like and being active. Also having regular checkups ;so the disaster that could have been avoid isn't as likely to hit you. You may also learn to enjoy somethings that were a rushed chore once you have time to do them with no rush. Stay busy and enjoy life really.Also it's nice to stay in and read a book on sunday if you want knowing Monday can be the start of the next week off.
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:52 PM
 
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Many people are going to say exercise and eat healthy food. Some will add the health advantages of low stress.

My suggestion is to stay healthy is to minimize a certain activity or avoid it completely. This activity is known to cause many disabilities, pain, suffering and premature death. This activity that will effect all the exercising, healthy eating and low stressed people. This hazard will target people who take vitamins. It will not care if you are a non smoker. This danger will take the lives of the young and the old.

This activity is worsen at night, on high speed highways and in bad weather. It is particularly a problem for your health on certain night of St. Paddy's Day, New Year's Eve and all the holidays, events that attract the inebriated.

This activity is driving a car or being an occupant. People who do not drive and who avoid auto travel will have more of a chance to stay young and healthy in retirement; in fact you will be more assured of reaching retirement age. People who walk instead of driving a car get more exercise. They have less stress with a slower pace of life. Give up your car or drive less and live a longer healthier life.

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Old 02-23-2010, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Bwaahahahaha! You must have missed my post where I said that "they" will have to pry my car keys from my cold dead hands. I agree that walking is great but you can get a good amount of walking in AND expand your horizons and your world by driving. Now, that may not be important to everyone but it is to me. When this house starts to close in on me I get in my car and drive - maybe to the city lakes, maybe to a large lake many miles from here or I just drive. My spirits rally almost immediately.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:01 PM
 
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Bwaahahahaha! You must have missed my post where I said that "they" will have to pry my car keys from my cold dead hands. I agree that walking is great but you can get a good amount of walking in AND expand your horizons and your world by driving. Now, that may not be important to everyone but it is to me. When this house starts to close in on me I get in my car and drive - maybe to the city lakes, maybe to a large lake many miles from here or I just drive. My spirits rally almost immediately.
I'll second that. I have lived alone in a new town for the last two years, trying to get used to the isolation can be difficult, it seems that as we age we drift further away from the humdrum of the work world, and it gets quiet, you have to adjust. taking advantage of your freedom is the key, do now what you couldn't do when you worked.

Getting in my car and taking to any road I want is the kind of freedom I wished for when working, it allows me to explore the west coast in a way I never dreamed possible, I tend to be more socially aware when I'm out and about rather than sitting at home becoming a recluse. Walking is the best exercise as it loosens up the muscles and cuts down on stress. Just driving to a different town can sometimes invite a longer walk, you never get used to seeing things from a slowed down perspective, it's been great being retired, couldn't think of a better life.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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This activity is driving a car or being an occupant. People who do not drive and who avoid auto travel will have more of a chance to stay young and healthy in retirement; in fact you will be more assured of reaching retirement age. People who walk instead of driving a car get more exercise. They have less stress with a slower pace of life. Give up your car or drive less and live a longer healthier life.
LOL! If that is true I will live to be 100! Except I have never owned a car so I can't give one up or drive less but I promise I will not learn to drive nor will I buy a car in my remaining years.

This is not only for my health but for those who would be sharing the road with me if I did drive.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:10 PM
 
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I am with you;its dangerous to walk or ride a bike as it is to drive and one accident is often fatal. I will drive as long as I can and I love a nice sunday drive myself with maybe stopping to eat abit of lunch sonmewhere new. Discovery doesn't die with age. I actually drive alot fo people i knpw to appointments that cant drive that are older. They always say that ebing able to call me relieves alot of stress in being non-vehicle mobil. The bus can be diifficult for older people. I always tell them no problem and just to call. If I can't ;my wife can.As the younger people say losing mobility Suxs; no matter what face you put on it.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:14 PM
 
Location: southern california
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diet excercise keep some active hobbies. mercilessly attack scammers and social rip off artists that post on CDF. get a new car like this one.
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