Exercise body, mind and spirit daily: tiny tip for a healthy, happy old age

old tree trunk branching into three

Three branches, one tree

This tip comes from another anonymous contributor, who — like almost everyone who answered the survey — offers not one but three tips. Is this because I phrased the question too vaguely? But no, it’s very hard to select a single tip when your life in later years becomes a particular constellation of habits. People learn rather a lot about life in the first 50 or 60 or 70 years.

These particular tips form a physical, a mental and spiritual triangle advising daily exercise of body, mind, and spirit. They work together to bring multiple benefits and a solid basis for a healthy, happy old age. Thank you, Anonymous, for your thoughtful advice.

Q. Imagine a younger person telling you they want to achieve a happy, healthy old age. Give your very best tip, in 30 words or fewer.
A. Every day exercise for at least 30 minutes in a joyful way. Meditate for a minimum of 20 minutes every day. Focus on an act of love for others every day.

Q. Why did you choose to share that particular tip?
A. A balance of body and mind development is useful in the context of loving others.

Q. How old are you?
A. 55–64

Q. Did you follow any advice that you were given about achieving a happy, healthy old age?
A. Yes.



7 thoughts on “Exercise body, mind and spirit daily: tiny tip for a healthy, happy old age

  1. JT Twissel says:

    Daily stretching is an absolute necessity for me.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Our next survey will follow up on this.

  2. Sadje says:

    I like this advice very much. Thanks for sharing

  3. cedar51 says:

    just make sure that whatever stretching you are partaking in, has been through the advice of a professional, sometimes we don’t understand what actual works, whether our bodies can really take that punishing exercise – when there might be a lesser way to achieve more. As one of my professional friends recently said “going out and pounding the streets, isn’t always the best way…”

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Watch out for a future survey on favorite exercise habits!

  4. My healthy “multitasking” consists of walking my dog and praying. The walking keeps me from falling asleep when I pray, the praying keeps me from getting bored with walking, and the dog is happy, since he thinks I’m talking to him. – Everybody wins. 😉

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Now that sounds ideal, although it sounds more like one integrated activity. And the dog is crucial.

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