Suzanne Somers: Active Aging Role Model
Celebrate #ActiveAgingWeek September 21-27, 2014!
What comes to your mind when you think of the name: Suzanne Somers? One of the first things that many people describe is her infectious smile, glowing face, and radiant blonde hair. Would you believe that she’s already 67 years old? I couldn’t believe it either! This woman has so much life in her. Suzanne Somers is a happy, personable woman who knows what she wants out of life and is a great role model on aging.
At 67 years old, Suzanne Somers is continuing to take the world by storm. She’s written 16 books and has reached out to women across the U.S. on women’s hormones and their options for aging well.
Here are some great tips for aging well:
1. Be natural as much as possible.
Get rid of harmful habits like smoking which can take years off of your life. Eat natural foods as much as possible. When you eat well you live well. What you put into your body has a direct effect on your hormones and energy levels.
2. Adjust! Re-invent! Keep going!
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! People with a lot of stress in their lives often times also have great coping skills to weather their personal storms. Having a positive attitude helps you remain engaged and active with your surroundings. When hardship comes your way, put a positive spin on it.
3. Keep your weight in check.
By keeping your weight at a healthy level, you’ll be able to do the things you want to do and live a more vibrant life. Suzanne Somers recalled that around age 40, she put on twenty pounds even though she had always had a perfect metabolism. Having the right weight makes a difference in your overall health.
4. Exercise regularly.
Even if you do not have access to a gym, there are plenty of ways to stay fit. Walking outside for 20-30 minutes each day helps your body to stay active. Local senior community centers also offer senior specific exercise classes that help aid strength, flexibility, and balance.
5. Have strong social relationships.
Having friends near you is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health. Friends help keep tabs on each other and prove to be sounding boards for each other. Even having a strong relationship with your spouse can greatly benefit your well-being.
6. Keep learning!
Thinking about the things around you helps keep your mind sharp. It also helps you continue to adjust to the new things that are going on around you. There is always something new to learn.
My grandmother lived to be 93 years old. She was one of the most active seniors I have ever known. When she was in her 80s, she taught us grandkids how to dance the foxtrot. She was a terrific dancer with perfect form. I can still hear her voice saying “Single. Single. Double. Double.” as she swayed her hips back and forth. She was also an avid reader and enjoyed learning new things. She kept a positive outlook on life and never let her age determine what she could and couldn’t do.
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