When  I was young I thought someone over 50 was almost dead. In fact it was so old to me that looking back I probably avoided people of “that” generation (except my grandparents).  Today although my drivers license says I am a certified Baby Boomer Woman, I feel much younger than the chronological age it displays.

Recently, I read an article in the April issue of Success Magazine by Dr. Mehmet C. Oz (co-author of YOU, Being Beautiful). And discovered why I feel so young, physically that is. It is important to have a good quality of life. If I am lucky enough to live a long life, then taking care of this body is in my control and I need to everything I can to stay healthy.  Here are Dr. Oz’s 12 tips:

1. Take Your Vitamins

2. Quit Smoking and Avoid Passive Smoke

3. Know Your Blood Pressure

4. Reduce Stress

5. Floss Your Teeth

6. Be Active

7. Wear Your Seatbelt

8. Fill Up on Fiber

9. Monitor Your Health

10. Take the RealAge Test; Develop an Age Reduction Plan®

11. Laugh a Lot

12. Become a Lifelong Learner

To read each tip in detail and take the real age test, visit: https://www.sharecare.com/static/realage

Each of these points sound like common sense and yet, how many people actually follow them?  Do you look for ways to reduce stress?  Do you actually know what your blood pressure it?   Do you floss your teeth every day or after every meal?  Do you laugh a lot?

If you are having trouble with your weight, get a personal trainer or exercise buddy, someone who can encourage you and keep you on your toes.

One of the things I love to do to stay active is swimming. Not only is it good for the heart and the body, it makes me feel younger.  I also love the hula hoop. Funny thing, I could not even do the hula hoop as a kid.  I sucked at it.  Now I have hula hoop contests with my grandchildren. Hoop dancing is such a great workout and its fun! Recently I came across a website called Hoopnotica (where fitness meets fun) with some excellent videos on hula hoop dancing.

The point is, it is if you feel younger than your biological age, you are probably doing something or many things right. If you feel your age or older, there are steps you can take to reverse the process or at least slow it down.  Start today to feel younger.

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