Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Aging And Attitude

My last post was about the Art of Aging. It's a fact that barring some fatal accident of illness we all will age. Some of us will be healthy and active and some will suffer debilitating illnesses. Some of these diseases and illnesses we can resolve thru an operation or meds. We are fortunate to live in a time of amazing medical advances. But some people maybe because of life style choices or genes find old age a struggle. It always amazes me how one individual in good health and financially secure ages badly while another in poor health and little money seems to thrive. What's the difference? It's ATTITUDE!

There's been mountains of books written about positive thinking and attitude. From Dale Carnegie to Tony Robbins millions have read their books, watched videos and/or gone to see them speak. I'm not going to try to reinvent the wheel here or compete with these giants. But Positive Thinking and a Positive Attitude makes the difference on how well you age.

In practicing the Art of Aging a positive attitude will be your secret weapon. But how do I get a positive attitude when I wake up with aches and pains? How can I feel positive when I look in the mirror and see an old person staring back at me? I can hardly pay my bills so how can I feel positive about the future?

Well I'm no psychologist, no doctor with degree, but as Aretha Franklin said it's all about respect. Respect yourself and the unique and special person you are. In order to love life and look forward to enjoying each day you need to like and respect yourself. That body of yours has taking care of you all these years despite the abuse, wear and tear you have put it through. With a little TLC it can continue to function for many years to come.

Like most journeys developing your Art of Aging starts with a single step and like most art forms in order to get good at it you need to practice. So practice the art of aging by working on one aspect of it each day. You know what the famous violinist said when asked how she got to play at Carnegie Hall? Practice - Practice - Practice!

So practice the Art of Aging. Join an exercise group or just walk around the neighborhood. Make a new friend. Work on your budget and get help if needed. Count your blessings. Be grateful for each day, each beat of your heart, each breathe you take! And Fake It Till You Make It!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Art of Aging

It may seemed funny to write an article about the Art of Aging. Some may say art? What art? You get old, feeble, lose your ability to take care of yourself and then you die. There's no art to it! But they are wrong. Sure all those things are going to happen if you live long enough. But it's how you face the challenges of aging that become an art. Like all form of art some of us are pretty good artist and some of us aren't. But with a little practice all of us can put some Art into our Aging.

So what do I mean by the Art of Aging? Quite simply it's this. Despite all the physical, mental, financial challenges aging can be a time of renewal. Aging as an Art to me means putting on a smile and facing the day with optimism despite an aching back. It's dressing with a little flare of style. It's having the wisdom to know that all things eventually pass: a rainy day, a headache, bad news, politicians, life itself. It's living in the moment and embracing life with all it's troubles, challenges and joys.

Here are some things that I use to put some art into my aging.

1. Have a sense of humor. Sometimes putting on a smile is the hardest thing I do. But as we all know it takes more muscles to smile than to frown.

2. Have a sense of  style. Remember when we all had to dress for success? Well being retired and old is no excuse to wearing old worn out clothes. Sure I have a pair of faded jeans and a favorite T Shirt. But I pair them with a nice belt, watch & sneakers or dockers. If money is tight visit the thrift shops. My wife and I usually stop by our favorite thrift shop every couple of weeks and usually find some nice brand name clothes and sometimes even brand new items.

3. If you're a man wear a fedora. Instead of a ball cap. Men's hats are making a big come back and a nice hat really adds to your style. If your a woman wear a red hat or something with color.

4. Get fit! Being in shape at any age helps you face the physical challenges of aging, improves your mood and makes you look younger.

5. Become an interesting person. Read some of the classics, start a hobby, buy a Harley or the cra of your dreams. I bought a 2007 Jaguar S Type for my 70th birthday. It's British Racing Green, low mileage and in perfect condition. It only cost me $8500 dollars far less than a new car. But I love it as soon as I get inside and turn the key I feel like a million bucks!

6. Volunteer: Find a cause you believe in and volunteer. Every organization needs volunteers and getting involved gets you out of the house and meeting different people.

7. Socialize: Get up off your couch and go out and meet people. Join a club, join a senior center, church, etc expand your circle of friends.

Most of all have fun! This can be your Golden Age despite all the challenges of aging. Practice the Art of Aging and thrive!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Why Everyone Should Take A Power Nap.

Power naps should be a job benefit! Along with health care, paid vacations and coffee breaks, a short snooze in the afternoon should be included in any job description. Why? Well besides being one of life's small pleasures a short nap has many benefits.

1. Improved memory.
2. Gives you an energy boost.
3. Increases creativity.
4. Improves your mood.
5. Increases productivity.

I was fortunate being an on the road salesperson I would routinely pull over and take a short nap in the afternoon. The quick snooze always gave me a boost of energy and helped me get through the rest of the day.

If you love a good nap you're nor alone. Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein,  John Kennedy and Salvador Dali all enjoyed a nap. So if these famous people could nap and still run a country, create great art and discover the Law of Relativity just think what a nap could do for you.

The trick is not to sleep to long. If you do then you'll enter deep sleep and probably wake up groggy.
Here's dome tips on taking the perfect nap.

1. Find a comfortable spot.
2. Keep in short 20-30 minutes max.
3. Do it in the afternoon.
4.Play some soothing music.

Sometimes you have to be creative. If you're on the road like I was then pulling into a safe rest stop works. I knew a person who always took a long bathroom break in the afternoon. Not my idea of a comfortable spot, but it worked for him.

Several companies now allow their employees to take a nap. If you're a member of one of them great. If not maybe you can talk to your HR person with the idea of instituting a nap break. A silly as it may sound there's a lot of solid data you can give showing the ROI of your company provided the time an a place for power naps.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Put Your Fitness Program on Auto Pilot!

If you're like me you are constantly on the go and sticking to a fitness program is a challenge. Summer time is the time to be outdoors, road trips, weekends at the beach, etc. Who has time to workout! But what if you could put your fitness program on Auto Pilot?

Well you can and here's how.

1. Put your workouts on your calendar.

2. Let everyone know your workout schedule and ask them to join you.

3. Schedule your workouts for first thing in the morning & get up early ready to workout.

 4. Get everything ready the night before; workout clothes, shoes, drinks, everything you need so in the morning you're ready to go.

4.  If your on vacation, say at the beach find a fun/new spot to run/walk.

5. Plan a destination after your run/walk: ie: coffee shop or just a bench with a great view.

6. If you can't find an hour for exercising fit time during the day for short burst. See previous posts for "Bathroom Workouts".

7. Enjoy the summer finding new and creative ways to exercise.

Don't lose all the progress you made just because it's summer and you're on vacation. By sticking to the above suggestions you can put your workouts on auto pilot and still enjoy the summer.