Baby Boomers Aging Well is all about Habits
With baby boomers retiring, boomers aging well is a popular topic. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite articles. There are definitely some repeating themes!
Real Simple Magazine — 7 Habits
Real Simple Magazine posted their “7 Habits of People Who Age Well”.
- Maintain a positive attitude. (See: A Grateful Heart: 4 steps to make you happier and more grateful)
Watch what you eat…
- …And how much you eat.
- Exercise regularly. (See: Osteoporosis in Aging & Iron Nun, Olympics and Taking on Aging as a Sport)
Stay social. (see: What is Creative Aging?)
Protect your skin from the sun.
Get plenty of sleep.
Inc. Magazine — 5 Daily Habits
Inc. Magazine’s list of their “5 Daily Habits of People Who Age Well (Warning: Diet and Exercise Are Not Enough)”
- Mediterranean diet
- Exercise (See: Osteoporosis in Aging)
- Social relationships (See: Explore the possibilities: Be Joiner)
Country Living — 25 Habits
Country Living shared “25 Habits of People Who Age Gracefully. Including a few things they NEVER do.”
According to Country Living, baby boomers aging well share these habits, they:
- Focus on the positive aspects of life
- Enjoy working
- Use homemade remedies
- Practice gratitude (See: A Grateful Heart: 4 steps to make you happier and more grateful)
- Wear sunscreen
- Indulge in moderation
- Believe they’re in control of their destiny (See: Iron Nun, Olympics and Taking on Aging as a Sport)
- Have a skincare regimen
- Don’t wear a ton of makeup
- Not opposed to pharmaceutical help
- Get a physical each year
- Take care of your heart
- Have social lives (See: What is Creative Aging?)
- Play video games
- Eat a plant-based diet…sometimes
- Exercise regularly (See: Osteoporosis in Aging & Iron Nun, Olympics and Taking on Aging as a Sport)
- Don’t watch TV
- Don’t smoke
- Never stop learning (See: CCRC LifeCast Book Club)
- Make sleep a priority
- Be Adventurous (see: What is Creative Aging?)
- Have hobbies
- Create a sense of purpose
- Have a childlike sense of awe
- Look forward to growing older
Aging with Freedom — 3 Transformations
We particularly like the Country Living Magazine 25 Habits. It echoes our own lessons of Aging with Freedom. These habits are essential to the three complementary Aging with Freedom Transformations:
- High wealth — wealth is relative, appreciate what you have and strike a lifestyle balance within your means. Money alone doesn’t guarantee happiness. Oddly enough, living within your means is a better predictor of happiness than absolute wealth.
- High health — so much of health is within our control. The time to maintain flexibility, strength, and weight is now. It protects both physical and mental or emotional health down the road.
- High purpose — wealth and health is meaningless without the social connections of purpose. Purpose is what we do for others and not just in service to self.