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Ageing Well in August – Days 18 – 24

August 24, 2019
Ageing Well in August - Days 18 -24

Ageing Well in August has been a popular theme and I’ve enjoyed researching quotes to match the daily tip. This week the tips seem to cover physical and mental well being, moving out of our comfort zone and ‘going for it’, play time and relationships.

When I started the monthly themes I really had no idea how I was going to present them but each month I’ve learned so much about myself and also perhaps areas of my life I would like to change or modify.

If you are new to the blog, Ageing Well in August is the theme for this month and each day I share tips in the Facebook Group, have guest contributors on the blog and a weekly link up for those of you who want to share your thoughts on Ageing Well. My Blogging friend, Debbie from Deb’s World has joined me as co-host and I encourage you to pop over and visit her blog to read her thoughts and say hello.

Catch up on Ageing Well in August.

Ageing Well in August – Days 18 – 24

DAY 18 – STOP WAITING FOR THE RIGHT TIME.

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Stop Waiting for the right time

Often we hold back from trying something new or ‘waiting for the right time’ because of fear or procrastination. Life can pass us by while we are waiting and opportunities are lost. What is one thing you are waiting for that you can do now?

DAY 19 – FLEXIBILITY

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Daily Stretching to Improve Flexibility is important for ageing well

Part of Ageing Well is maintaining flexibility and balance. It is surprising how stretching each day for just a few minutes can make such a difference to our body and our activity. Incorporate stretching into your daily life as part of your ageing well program.

DAY 20 – MAKE TIME FOR PLAY

When did we lose the ability to play? I’ve rediscovered the joy of play spending time with my grandsons. The simple joys of being a pirate on a sinking ship, fending off dinousaurs or dragons, watching ants go about their work, closing my eyes on a swing. I think today’s quote says it all. How will you play today?

DAY 21 – KEEP YOUR BODY STRONG

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Strength training is important

As we age it is important to include strength (resistance) training into our workouts. Why?

We need to maintain muscle and bone strength to lower the risk of:

✴️Osteoporosis – which can make bones brittle and increase the risk of fractures.

✴️Allows us to continue with daily tasks through Functional Fitness and maintain our independence for longer

✴️Improves balance and stability

✴️Increases our metabolic rate – more calories burned

✴️Helps keep us active and agile

✴️Improves our mental strength

DAY 22 – SAY GOODBYE TO TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS

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Surround yourself with positive people

Do you have people in your life that do any of these 8 things? Sometimes we hang onto friendships or relationships way past their used by date. It can be difficult sometimes to let go but we need to surround ourselves with positive and supportive ‘cheerleaders’ who are there to bring value to our life not devalue it.

DAY 23 – MAKE TIME FOR SELF-CARE.

I do believe we need to make sometime to look after our physical, mental and spiritual self. Self-care is important but when I read this quote, I saw how true it was. We need to make our life something where self-care is a vital ingredient so we don’t feel like we need to escape. What are your thoughts?

Ageing Well in August - Days 18 - 24

DAY 24 – KEEP LEARNING

Use it or lose it, applies to both our physical and mental health. Learning something new is scientifically proven to help with ageing well and:

  1. Improves Self Confidence
  2. Keeps your brain active and sharp – your brain is a muscle and needs a workout just like other muscles in your body.
  3. Model positive behaviour for children and grandchildren
  4. Research directly correlates longevity and education.
  5. It’s fun
  6. Studies show working our brain results in 2.6 times less likely to develop cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia

Do you make continued learning part of your Ageing Well program?

Ageing Well in August - Days 18 - 24

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21 Comments

  • Reply Erica/Erika August 24, 2019 at 10:52

    I just mentioned on Deb’s post how much I am enjoying the Ageing well in August series. The points emphasize all that is positive about ageing and reinforce behaviours that help us age well. I appreciate all of the points and especially Make Time for Self Care. We usually have very busy Summers with trips and company. My body quickly lets me know when I am neglecting self care. A huge self care tip for me is making sure I get some quiet, alone time built into my calendar. A great series, Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 25, 2019 at 15:32

      Hi Erica, I’m so pleased you are enjoying the series and really we should put the focus on the positive side of an inevitable in life – we all age but our attitude towards ageing is key to ageing well. If you are after self-care you will love September (oops I might have given you a clue) 🙂 xx

  • Reply Donna August 25, 2019 at 06:50

    Such great tips, Sue. I love how you and Deb have brought them all to life. So inspirational and, most importantly, doable!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 25, 2019 at 15:30

      Thanks Donna, both Deb and I have enjoyed the series. x

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au August 25, 2019 at 20:03

    Sue these definitely resonated with me – especially removing toxic people and focusing on self-care. Both of these have been life savers for me over the last several months (as you know). I also love the idea of continuing to learn – there are so many things that I’d like to know more about and continuous learning is definitely going to be a part of my life going forward.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 26, 2019 at 07:13

      Yes I thought of you BBB when I saw the ‘removing toxic people’ quote. xx

  • Reply Debbie-Dabble August 25, 2019 at 21:33

    Sue,
    I have thoroughly enjoyed these series of posts as I have just retired from a nursing position that had turned into a very toxic situation. I will be doing a series of posts about early retirement and I would love to reference these August posts if I have your permission. I will also be asking Deb if I can also do the same with her posts.
    Debbie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 26, 2019 at 07:12

      Hi Debbie, thank you for your comment and yes feel free to reference my posts. I left a toxic situation to retire so we have had similar experiences although mine was about 6 years ago now. Let me know when you reference and I can share in my Newsletter for you. Take care and I look forward to your series. xx

  • Reply Natalie August 26, 2019 at 08:43

    Hi Sue – I enjoyed your quotes. The one from Einstein made me laugh as it’s so true. Thank you for sharing many good tips, too. #lifethisweek

  • Reply Jo August 26, 2019 at 09:34

    I think body strength and flexibility also applies to the mind and the necessity of keeping your mind strong and flexible through learning and exposure to different ideas and views. Loved your quotes. I’ll be using the Albert Einstein one is this week’s corporate newsletter. Have a sizzling week…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 28, 2019 at 12:51

      Absolutely Jo that is why I keep learning. The Albert Einstein quote has certainly been popular this week! xx

  • Reply Deborah August 26, 2019 at 10:39

    Love all of these Sue and yes I think a lot refer to the mind and body! And of course, life in general. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 28, 2019 at 12:50

      Glad you enjoyed them Deb and hope you will enjoy my September theme as well. x

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl August 26, 2019 at 15:36

    Bam! So many timely quotes for me this week, Sue. I’ve just rediscovered the benefits of stretching daily. I’ve surrounded myself with positive people. I’ve decided also to put out the best of me wherever and whenever I can.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 28, 2019 at 12:48

      I’m so pleased SSG and I hope you will also find my September theme – Self-Care in September useful. xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph August 27, 2019 at 03:50

    Hi Sue, all healthy reminders for sure, and in particular the comment about self care. It’s so true that if we neglect caring for ourselves, we only have what’s left to give, not only to the world but to ourselves. Self care is not being selfish, it is being mature and wise! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 28, 2019 at 12:47

      Hi Candi, I’m actually loving my monthly themes although not sure how much longer I can come up with ideas! Self-Care seemed to resonated in the August theme from the comments I received and I think Self-Care in September is a good follow on. Enjoy the rest of your week. xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes August 27, 2019 at 04:31

    I’ve really enjoyed your aging well tips, Sue, and the quotes you’ve chosen for that little added encouragement. I love a good quote. The Jackson Brown quote particularly struck a chord with me today. Thank you for all of the effort that goes into these monthly themes. It is much appreciated.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 28, 2019 at 12:46

      I’ve loved the series myself, Christie and enjoyed sourcing some relevant quotes which I hadn’t read before. Have a beautiful day.xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan August 28, 2019 at 18:27

    You are the role model for self-care and I applaud your enthusiasm and hard work helping others.

    Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. Next week’s optional prompt is 35/51 Share Your Snaps #7 2/9/19 and I hope you will join in. Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 1, 2019 at 06:31

      Thanks Denyse, I’m tired now so looking forward to getting away with Mike and enjoying some time off. xx

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