One of the side-effects of ageing in this era of internet-driven-social-interaction is that every day some friend or group shares their ‘mantras’ or tips on how to “age well”~ stay physically and emotionally healthy and keep your mind sharp! It’s all well meaning stuff and the sucker for collecting and storing all kinds of trivia nuggets that i am, i compulsively read through them. Then at times i wonder if one really needs such reminders popping up on a daily basis on your email, WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media accounts. Your body gives you subtle hints everyday as it is that you have spent over five decades on this planet. You can delude yourself into thinking that you have kept yourself with the times mentally and in good shape physically but a reality check tells you otherwise. It takes you a few seconds longer to get in and out of the car, the mirror with all honesty reflects the age spots you so don’t want to see, the fine print on bottles and labels is not as sharp and visible as it used to be (even with your reading glasses!), those crosswords and puzzles take longer to solve, and your joints and bones (read back and knees!!) ache more than they used to when you are physically exhausted. So do i need an infographic to tell me that the fat on my body has relocated to the waist and midriff area. Thank you very much…the mirror has already informed me of that! But that very infographic tells me there is good news as well in the form of better nutrition, health care and quality of life in this new millennium. Every article you read tells you that by incorporating a few lifestyle changes in terms of healthy eating choices and some exercise you can counteract most physical changes of ageing. But what do you do if you suffer from having an ‘overdose’ of such ‘sound advice’? The opening words of an old song provide an appropriate background score for my solution—“run away, run away if you want to survive…” It’s a great idea literally ~ lace up your boots and run for a good cause: yourself!!
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