Pre­par­ing for old age

Gulf News - - Your Turn - By Jayashree Kulka­rni

Get­ting fit and stay­ing fit is an ideal way to en­sure a long, healthy life. No mat­ter what your age is, fit­ness of the body and mind is vi­tal. But as we age, we tend to slow down and lead a seden­tary life­style. We all know that age­ing is in­evitable, but we can build our bod­ies so that we do not have any is­sues at the time. With age, peo­ple de­velop some dis­com­fort and this leads to the lack of con­fi­dence, de­creased en­ergy and more. It can be an un­pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence.

Our bod­ies are con­stantly chang­ing and at ev­ery stage we need to take care of it. Whether it is our physique, our grow­ing wrin­kles, re­ced­ing hair­line, fad­ing hair colour, or gen­eral fa­tigue, we will be sur­rounded by many ail­ments when we age. Be­ing ac­tive, phys­i­cally as well as men­tally is im­por­tant as it teaches our body and mind to work and an­a­lyse sit­u­a­tions.

A sim­ple method should be to take care of our health, start mov­ing, ex­er­cis­ing and keep­ing fit as much as pos­si­ble. Main­tain­ing a bal­anced diet is essen­tial too. We need to re­lax more, laugh and en­joy life be­cause it is short. We need to make the best of it now and make life sus­tain­able as we age.

Dis­cov­er­ing new pas­sions, do­ing some­thing that we like, spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends and ac­cept­ing whole­heart­edly the change that age brings with it, is the best way to look at life and take it as it comes.

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