Mindset, Motivation and Aging Well
At 76 years old Sammy Hagar took the stage just before 9:00 pm on a recent
Saturday night in Florida. With not a single break, the former Van Halen frontman put on an energetic, buzz-worthy show that spanned over five decades of music and ended just after 10:30 pm. To open the concert, fellow septuagenarian George Thorogood belted out over an hour’s worth of hits sounding just as he did on one of the first cassette tapes I owned. Why are many people in this country are 20-plus years younger than these senior citizens who have given up on life?
While Sammy has kept his health tip-top, George hasn’t been as
fortunate. Just six months ago, he was forced to cancel tour dates due to a
serious medical condition that required surgery. Fast forward to this fall and he
was back onstage looking like a rock star. Why do so many people stop what
they love doing once they become “old”? You can make the argument that being a successful musician with money in the bank will ensure optimal health, but there is more to it. The will to take the necessary steps each and every day to maintain your health has seemed to elude much of the population.
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Dealing with Aches and Pains
Anyone currently dealing with the aches and pains associated with aging should
take note and realize the only way it’s going to get better is by being proactive
with your health. While it may be true that father time is undefeated in
knocking even the mightiest out, we should all look up to those who take him on
and remain steadfast in their desire to get the most of out of life.
I was diagnosed with post-traumatic arthritis at 29 and admittedly used that as an excuse to put life on hold for some time. I didn’t know how to deal with hearing “life as I knew it would have to change”. Instead of being motivated to pick myself up and work around my condition, I used it as a crutch. When you hear you have the joint of a senior citizen, a funny thing occurs as you begin to behave like one.
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Age Is Truly Just A Number
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Little did I know that age truly is a number and over the years I have seen many
geriatric patients who made some middle-aged and young patients look bad in their attitudes and work ethic to recover from injury. While it is true the aging process lengthens the rehabilitation period for any condition, a patient’s outlook affects the prognosis more than we realize. Having seen this in not only my own recovery but countless others over the years, I am convinced we are only as old as we want to be.
Entering my late 40s has given me a new perspective on what the aging process really is all about. I encourage all of my clients to stay consistent in all facets that lead to healthy aging. The simple formula is proper exercise, diet, and rest. Without going into great detail about each, staying on track in all three will ensure you get to where you want to be year after year.
Just look at Sammy Hagar and George Thorogood. These two gentlemen make me look forward to aging.
Yours in Health,
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