This sounds well and good, but... both my parents were lean, fit, and lifelong exercisers. My mother developed and died of breast cancer at age 73; my father developed Parkinsons at about 75 and -- despite continued dedication to exercise -- is now bent over and shuffling.
While exercise and positive thinking are fine things, they can't stop our bodies from developing a huge range of problems that can shorten or radically limit our lives. Yes, being slim and fit can HELP, but they can't eliminate inherited, infectious, or spontaneous disorders.
It troubles me when articles like this one suggest "if only you'd done more you wouldn't have cancer/parkinsons/arthritis/dementia." Sure, healthy living CAN make the difference, but blaming folks for these disorders as if they could have prevented them if only they'd tried harder is, I think, a disservice.
Yes! I'm 71 now. When I was on the border between overweight and entry-level obese I felt so old, I felt like I was 80 and I moaned and groaned when I went upstairs. Now I'm in the middle of the normal range and I exercise a lot - Jazzercise, Curves, walking (can't run because of a knee replacement), belly dancing, and I feel 50. Tomorrow is my daughter's 50th birthday, and I now feel as if I'm that same age. I highly recommend exercise, and weight loss too.
This is a great article. At 69 I'm often told I look younger although I seldom wear make-up. I attribute this to keeping active, being a naturally positive person, and doing things for others instead of focusing on my problems... we all have them... but helping other people can make your own problems look pretty small.
good article!! I am an artist type and enjoy going out to my studio every eve.for about two hours.I am a potter and a jewelry maker.Love to create new things and try out new ideas.Maybe in my last life I was an inventor !!anyway I love to design things made of clay or jewelry products.ALL older folks should try to find a hobby or something that gets them moving and if they are artistic do something about it besides telling people that if you can find the time then I will do it,ha,ha that never seems to happen!!I love my artsy side and work with it everyday. Claylady in Oregon
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