If we are going to live to be 100 or more, then it is for damn sure that we want to be physically able to enjoy life when we get there. I am fond of the saying, children make choices but adults make decisions. If you are like most of us, you spent most of your life up til now, chasing the almighty buck and trying your best to take care of and provide for your family. If you had the time to take care of yourself, or even remembered to think about it, you were lucky. Now that you’re on the back side of 50, the short side of time, it’s time to do just that.
You want to keep on top of things, mainly your health. Also, exercise is very important. When you become a ‘Senior Citizen’, sitting around and watching the cars rust and the grass grow is actually ‘no where man’, and I mean Amen to that. Regular exercise keeps the heart healthy and keeps you focused.
You got to eat right man. Lay off the grease and the salt that have brought on some of ‘old timers’ life conditions already. Get a food chart for seniors and read it. Instead of fried, try boiled, broiled, or baked. Enjoy fruit instead of candy and remember the 'No sugar added' juices to keep glucose in check
Also, find a hobby and get out of the house on a regular basis. And by the way, there is nothing wrong with walking when you can instead of driving or riding. When I see those old fogies riding around the stores in those electric carts when there is nothing wrong with their legs I just want to throttle them. At an old age, the choice is either to wear out or to rust out. Your physical condition is expected to deteriorate a little at a senior age, but it would be better to go through it by being busy than rotting in bed. The simple exercise of walking can also lessen the amount of bodily toxins that may have accumulated. It also tunes and tones the muscles, especially the heart and bones.
A national survey of senior sexual attitudes, and behaviors in the United States has found that most people between 57 and 85 think that sex is an important part of life and that the frequency of sex, for those who are active, declines only slightly between the 50s and the 70s. The same survey also found sexual activity was closely tied to overall health, which was even more important than age.
If you have never been interested in herbal supplements or vitamins, you might be interested in knowing that the botanical kingdom offers a range of healing powers as well as breathtaking beauty. If you're feeling a little puny or down in the dumps, you could try an anti-depressant like Prozac, or some form of psychotherapy, perhaps. But 7.5 million Americans who suffer from depression have chosen an extract made from a beautiful, bright yellow flower... St. John's Wort.
Feverfew has been studied and found effective for the prevention of migraine headaches, reducing the number of headaches suffered by as much as 70 percent, or reducing the pain and controlling the nausea commonly experienced with such headaches.
Cleavers is a powerful and restorative herb for the lymphatic system; cleavers is beneficial in helping swollen glands, tonsillitis and adenoid problems. Internally and externally, it is effective in the treatment of inflammations including relieving skin conditions, rashes and burns.
Echinacea is a "preventative" herb. Not used in any modern commercial drugs today but it is heralded by many herbalists as one of the very best blood purifiers and an effective antibiotic. It is a broad based infection fighter, and it is considered an immune system stimulant which increases production of infection fighting T cells.
Coffee is America's most popular herbal beverage; it combats drowsiness, temporarily boosts athletic performance, eases congestion due to colds and flu, prevents asthma attacks and enhances the pain-relieving effects of aspirin. Also, in a study, green and black tea appeared protective against fatty arterial plaque buildup.
Today, and for most of our lives, we have had a completely different outlook from the previous generations, we are more active, more demanding, and we have a longer life expectancy. Better known as ‘The Baby Boomers’. Now it is our turn to relax and enjoy the fruits of our labors.