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Live With Purpose
One of the things in common about the world’s longest-lived people is that they have a strong sense of purpose as they grow older. Much of this is because of the role of elders in traditional culture. Unlike in the United States, older people are respected and looked up to for wisdom and advice. We have a challenge in this regard. Your job is to find a way to feel a strong sense of purpose in your life, despite the messages our culture sends about aging.
Remain in Balance
Falls are a common source of injuries and disabilities as we age. It shows that one has no purpose in life, But they are avoidable. Be sure, to be on top of fall prevention. Make a habit of using handrails and start a program to keep your balance skills sharp. Traditional eastern training like qigong is a great and easy way to do so.
Qigong, qi gong, chi kung, or chi gung is a millennia-old system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed by the Chinese and throughout Asia as a practice to cultivate and balance qi, translated as “life energy”. A balanced qi supports to live with purpose.
Take time to assess the potential fall risks in your house. Be sure that all your stairs are clearly visible, all your railings are firmly attached, and that you avoid any risky behavior, especially getting in and out of the bathtub. Take falls seriously.
Maintain Healthy Sleep Habits
There is a myth that older people need less sleep. This is simply not true. Older people need the same amount of sleep as young adults. The general recommendation is seven to nine hours per night. The challenge is that health conditions, medications, and poor habits make it difficult for older people to get the sleep they need.
Take time in your 70s to make your sleep habits a priority. Avoid strange hours, long naps, and watching TV in bed. Be sure to get out in the daylight every day, and exercise to get your body moving. With good sleep habits, you should be able to get enough sleep and have plenty of energy throughout your day.
Engage Your Brain
Your brain needs exercise. It thrives on puzzles, new experiences, and making connections. Don’t let your brain retire. Because that will create a feeling of no purpose in life. Be sure that you find things that interest you, that make you curious, and that
Challenge your brain to live with purpose
You can start with puzzles, crosswords, and Sudoku. And then move to even more challenging things, like learning a new language, reading about a science topic, or writing a book. Once something becomes routine, and the sense of discovery wears off, you should move to something new.
Exercise to Feel Great and Live Long
Exercise doesn’t only help keep the weight off and build muscle—it can also help you feel great and live longer. Your body is built to be active. Be sure that it gets moving every day. Going for walks, joining group exercise classes, and other activities can keep you healthy, energized, and even help you sleep better. Give your body what it wants: exercise!
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Understand the messages of your body. And, how to act on them for your longevity.