After 32 It’s all Downhill

| April 25, 2012

Best Selling Book Shows Us How to Age Successfully

Bestselling author Chris Crowley was in town for several events and a talk this week. He wrote the book (books really, there is a version for men and another for women) Younger Next Year. Turns out he’s a great speaker – gruff, funny, and very informative. He doesn’t sugar-coat the aging process, it’s brutal and that’s the way it is. According to Chris, your body builds and rebuilds until your about 32, then your body’s message to cells and mitochondria is to just go ahead and rot. It’s all downhill to the cliff from there (somehow it was funnier when he said it).

Except that you have the power to do something about it.

Here is where the second part of brutal comes in. It takes work and commitment. The payoff is not just longer life, it’s a fundamentally different and improved quality of life. Skiing double diamond slopes into one’s 80’s type of life. Mobility, balance, strength, social engagement kind of living as opposed to frailty and dependence. It’s a choice most of us can make.

Oh, and maintaining mental acuity as well. So you know how well you’re doing and how much fun it is, even if it’s brutal.

You are going to age, it’s only a matter of time (pun intended). There are some terrific ways for adults over 50 to exercise, be social, and live healthier. Here are a few.

  • Join Tucson’s social exercise movement. Join your community at Meet Me at Maynards, Meet me in Marana, and La Encantada. These social walk/runs are fantastic for passing the time spent exercising. Join Rock the Ages online health club (free!) and journal your progress.
  • Take the Heart Series. This fantastic class puts you 1-on-1 with some of the most knowledgeable cardiac people you’ll ever meet. 16 weeks of training, lectures, and motiviation. It’s the best bargain (life?) you’ll get for a $300 investment.
  • Join OASIS and learn something new. OASIS is a learning community for mature adults. Classes are inexpensive and cover the range of art, humanities, history… you name it. Search for Tucson classes, which are held at various locations, at OASIS also offers a great volunteer opportunity, pairing members as tutors to kids identified as at-risk for reading skills.
  • Volunteer. If tutoring with OASIS isn’t your bag there are unlimited opportunities to volunteer in the community. Volunteer Southern Arizona has a great searchable website as does Volunteer Match. Browse interests and find something you have an interest in. Volunteering is healthy for you! Click here for more articles on volunteerism.



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