4. Drink moderately and don't smoke.
5. People who are married tend to live longer than those who never married, or who are divorced or separated. Of course, don't just get married for the sake of it. Those in unhappy relationships tend to lose the health benefits associated with that kind of commitment.
6. If your goal in the latter part of your life is to have long-term loving relationships and many special friends, that is a good recipe for longevity. Maintaining strong social groups and lively interactions keeps you alert, active and involved.
7. Live in the countryside. The less pollution you experience, the healthier you will feel and be. If you can't move out of the city, make visits to the beach, lake resorts or other open areas a weekly adventure. The further you are from car exhausts, factory residue and other pollutants, the less your body has to work to fight off these harmful toxins.
Successful aging is really based on good psychology and lifelong choices. Therefore, start now to reduce your stress, to keep your mind active and occupied, and to be the best you can be. While age keeps creeping up, there is hope that you can turn the clock around and be healthier in your later years. The goal is to not only live longer, but also to live healthier. Being 90, with a poor quality of life, is not something to aspire towards. Rather, if you can be as healthy as a 60 year old, that is really something. It is not too late to change your lifestyle to reflect a healthier way of being, and the time to start is now. Therefore, be aware of how your behaviors may be sabotaging your health and well-being. The fountain of youth is right at your fingertips. Grab hold and don't let go.
Amy Sherman is a licensed mental health counselor and trainer. She is the founder of Baby Boomers' Network, a resource designed to give baby boomers the insights, information and inspiration they need to live their best lives. To learn more, go to www.bummedoutboomer.com. Sherman is also the co-author with Rosalind Sedacca of "99 Things Women Wish They Knew Before Dating After 40, 50 and Yes, 60!"
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