Yoga in your eighties? Running your first marathon at 65? Do you think it’s too late to try something new? Think again.
Today's adults think, feel and behave five to 10 years younger than their actual age, and want to remain strong and healthy as they grow older.1 As they age, they're testing their bodies and minds in new ways. Last spring, more than 700 people over the age of 65 ran in the Boston Marathon, part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors series. And, there were 11 runners who participated in the 80 and older category.
Living an active, full life isn't limited to physical endeavors. Many older adults are seeking out volunteer activities, learning a new language or turning to music to live more fully. And, they may be reaping health benefits as a byproduct of these new adventures.
For instance, scientists have demonstrated that learning a second language can help you maintain better cognitive function as you age. A study conducted at Emory University suggests that keeping the brain active through music may also reduce dementia.
So, what are you waiting for? Here are five tips to inspire healthy aging, no matter how old (or young) you are:
1. SilverPoll™ January 2009.
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