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Aging: Still Time to Do So Gracefully

By Stephen R. Farris

Have you ever heard the term "aging gracefully?" Bet you have at some point in your life, whether it was from a family member, friend, co-worker or hearing it on television. Unfortunately, it's not easy for many of us to age gracefully. During our many years we may have suffered certain injuries or dealt with debilitating illnesses. If you were lucky enough never to have experienced these, consider yourself very lucky.

But even if you have dealt with significant change during your life, it's not too late to get back on that "graceful" path again. All you have to do is follow a few helpful tips.


It's only the largest organ your body has, so why not treat your skin with respect and care. Make sure your skin is covered as much as comfortably possible during times of extreme weather, such as freezing cold in the winter or the blazing heat of summer. Sunscreen is not just for the summer months, it should be applied during those sunny fall or winter days as well. The last thing you want to end up with during your golden years is some form of skin cancer.


Just because you've grown older doesn't mean it's time to retire to the recliner and punch the buttons on your television remote all day long. Nope, you still need to do some form of exercise, such as walking, swimming, cycling and/or aerobics. Exercise is good for your overall health and mobility.


Aging gracefully doesn't mean you can indulge into foods that are not good for you no matter how tempting they may seem. True, once in awhile it doesn't hurt, but you still need to stick to the healthy variety that brought you to the dance thus far. That means plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with fresh cuts of lean meat. And don't forget those dairy products as your body still needs Vitamin D.


Keep your mind healthy by staying in touch with friends and family members on a regular basis. You can also check with your local church or community organizations to see if there are social gatherings or events that you could attend each week. Keep your mind sharp by reading the daily newspaper (in hand or online), doing word search or crossword puzzles.  

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Baton Rouge, La.

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