A Recipe for Growing OLD

As we age, we tend to just fall into Old Age. We don't really know what to expect, we just judge what happens as part of aging and accept our new selves and our new life as OLD people. 

Here are ten things you can do to ensure you will be miserable while you enjoy OLD age

  1. Eat You Want. Eat like you did when you were young. By young I mean that age  you could devour what you wanted, when you wanted, and as much as you wanted without any true consequence
  2. Move as Little as Possible. Seriously just stop moving. You know it will hurt if you do too much. And since you are old, you might just break something or tear something up inside. And again since you are old you won't heal as well so don't risk it. 
  3. Stop Drinking Water. You're fed up with waking up in the middle of the night so you cut down on the amount of water your drinking. You're still drinking several cups of coffee a day plus maybe a soda or beer at night. Surely that will be enough fluid?
  4. Stress Yourself Out. Work is stressful, the kids are pulling you in many different directions, the lawn needs to be mowed again, the car needs new tires, your wife would like to go away for the weekend, and you really need to start planning for retirement. You've got so much to do and you know no one else will be able to take over your role quite as well as you. You're already dreading going back to the office tomorrow.... ugh. You've got too much to do right now, so best get on with it if you want to be home by 7pm.
  5. Feel Sorry For Yourself. Looking in the mirror you see the stress lines developing, what do they call them- age lines? Once again things are getting really hard, you want to eat all the foods you enjoy but you just started this new thing called Sugar Free Me and you can only eat steamed broccoli and baked chicken. (by the way that's not true but you like to tell yourself that). Your friends are all going out this weekend but you've already made plans with your lawn. You already had to miss the music festival. Its hard not to be upset about it all. 
  6. Hit the High Sugar Snacks and Convenience Foods. It seems like all you want since going Sugar Free Me is sugary snacks or something quick and easy from a fast food joint. I mean they can't be all that bad, they say they are a balanced meal, and they are always fresh never frozen. You're also so tired when you get home that you just can't face cooking dinner so you just buy some pre-packaged chicken breast with a mango and coriander glaze and stick them in the over while you steam a frozen veggie in the microwave.
    You have checked the back of the packets though, and apart from the preservatives and stabilizers there’s nothing bad in there. It says there’s nothing artificial on the front of the packet so that modified maize starch, dextrose and potassium nitrate must be OK to eat. 
  7. Don't Do Any Resistance Training. You read in a magazine today that you should be doing some resistant training to help you deal with postural changes and osteoporosis.
    It said something about the extra weight we gain as we age pulling your center of gravity forward and putting more strain on your lower back and the area around your shoulders. Thinking about it you have noticed your upper shoulders and neck aching after a day at the office and the backs of your legs and your lower back have been tightening up recently.
    Surely, lifting weights can’t be good for that though? Why would you want to put more strain on an area that’s already weak? 
    It also said something about strengthening your abdominals – the article referred to it as your core, but as far as you know you shouldn't do crunches, so you dismiss it without a second thought. 
  8. Don't Bother With Research. After all your mom is doing great in the retirement home, she gets out when the weather is perfect. And her mom before that lived to be 94 and her mom before that was ..... well old when she died. The point is that people have been growing old for generations and generations without all the books, DVDs, websites or whatever else is out there to read.
    If there’s anything you need in particular you can always Google it but as for buying and reading all this stuff; you’re pretty sure they all say the same thing. You’re pretty sure you can work it out by yourself; after all, growing old is a natural process, isn’t it? 
  9. Forget Vitamins and Supplements. You just don't like to take pills and beside you forget to take them anyway!
    You took that one thing your brother in law said worked for him for a while. Since it didn't seem to work for you, why bother?  For another thing they are really expensive (remember you do need to plan for retirement) and two, you’re eating frozen veg with your dinner every night and drinking juice in the day so you’ve probably got all you need anyway.
  10. Sleep Less, Work More. This is just a no brainer. Who has time to sleep? There is just not enough time in the day. See number 4 if you have any questions there. In fact sleep must not be needed since it is so hard to fall asleep, I am up two -three times to use the bathroom and then I wake up thinking of all the things I need to do the next morning. I might as well skip the sleep step and go right to work. 

So Did you get ALL that?

How many of the rules are you following right now?

Be honest with yourself. You see, even just a couple of the steps above are enough to guarantee yourself a less than ideal circumstances to age gracefully. The trouble is most of the rules above work as a vicious circle and one bad habit leads into another. 

Change yourself by no longer following one of those rules and break that cycle.

To Your Best Health no matter the age,

Coach Nancy


About the author

Coach Nancy

Nancy Carlson is a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association, a Level 1 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, and is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach. Nancy was recognized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the “Best of the Best” Fitness Trainer in Southern NH by the Hippo Press.

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