Open mind, flexible body: recipe for a happy, healthy old age

Photo of New Zealanders doing African dancing and drummers

Staying open to the new and keeping active might look like this

Liz has two tips that she regards as equally important for a flexible body and mind. They make good sense together. And what interesting advice she herself received about well-being in old age!

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. 1. Travel to keep your mind open to new people, points of view, and customs. 2. Stay as physically active as possible.

Q. Why did you choose to share that particular tip?
A. I consider them both important to my own happiness, health and enjoyment of life. It keeps my mind open and my body flexible…both related.

Q. Did you follow any advice that you were given about achieving a happy, healthy old age?
A. Yes. I have a good friend who is a physical therapist, she says that staying healthy and involved in life during your 70s carries you through your 80s and beyond. It’s during the 70s that you have to be diligent.

Q. How old are you?
A. 65–74

9 thoughts on “Open mind, flexible body: recipe for a happy, healthy old age

  1. Elizabeth says:

    My doctor has said the same about my 70’s. Now that you are 80 have you noticed any big difference or does the advice work?

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Still going strong on all fronts with pilates, weights, walking and dancing. But yes, I do notice and adjust to various age-related changes, as everyone must.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        I just signed up for a line dancing class. I do those other things. I can deal with gradual changes as I move toward 80. Thanks.

      2. Rachel McAlpine says:

        Great news. Line dancing is terrific as you don’t need to spin around or change formation: I bet you’ll enjoy it.

      3. Elizabeth says:

        Agh! Spinning. I sure hope not.

  2. Joared says:

    Sounds like good advice and mostly works. Unfortunately, things can unexpectedly and suddenly wear out despite all efforts, especially by 80 and after for some.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Sure can. I’m expecting to adapt as time goes on.

  3. puppy1952 says:

    I agree that exercising both mind and body is essential to take you through old age.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      And this would have been news to our grandparents — many of whom led active lives.

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