Widows understand how precious life is and the good news is that with the advancements in health care our lifespans may normally start reaching to 90 and more. But how are you going to spend those extra years? I suggest that you start now to make the most of it.
There are some sad realities of aging like dementia and osteoporosis. But both can be combated to some extent by nutrition and weight training. Studies have shown that those who do resistance training for 45 minutes, three times a week will increase their muscle fibre and strength. Healthy aging is not for sissies, you have to put some work into it if you want longevity with good bones and a strong mind.
One of the things I’m working on is retraining my body not to stoop over. A naturally erect posture is extremely difficult because you need to be conscious of your posture at all times, as if a string was running up your spine through the centre of your head, pulling you upwards. It’s very uncomfortable to hold your shoulders back and walk straight, it also feels unnatural and stilted.
You can get posture correction devices that beep or vibrate to remind you to stand tall. But also know that confidence is a natural part of holding yourself up. Life naturally wears us down but standing tall helps us to live longer and happier.
Oprah says “Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.” I agree that we need to live in the moment and not put off enjoying our life but just because your tomorrow is not guaranteed doesn’t mean that you don’t do something every day so you can live out those extra years in enjoyment.
There is no value to living longer than our loved ones if those extra years are spent in sickness. Honor those that loved us by loving ourselves.