Slowing the Biological Clock

It’s next to impossible to avoid a day without seeing some kind of advertisement for a product that claims to reverse the affects of aging. The fact is we are all aging but just because time is passing doesn’t mean we have to feel old.

Close your eyes for a moment, and ask yourself the question “how old do I feel right now?”. I often come up with the feeling of being 12 years old. I’m not sure why that age pops into my head but it does. Perhaps it was the time in my life before I started taking myself and the rest of the world too seriously. Back when running through mud puddles was for the fun of running through mud puddles.  Attitude is everything, right?!

While we cannot stop time from passing we can adjust our biological age. In fact, age has two different definitions. Chronological age is the number of years you have been alive. Biological age refers to how old you seem to others.  I know I seem younger than the 58 and half years I’ve been on this planet. I’m proud of that because I work at it.

According to Deepak Chopra there are 7 things you can do to reduce your biological age. Here they are:

  1. Change your perceptions of your body and aging.
  2. Reduce stress.
  3. Get regular restful sleep.
  4. Nourish your body with healthy foods.
  6. Maintain loving relationships with family and friends.
  7. Keep your mind youthful (you too can think that you’re 12 years old).

Our biological age is truly a matter of attitude. If we think we’re too old to do something then we won’t do it, and then we won’t be able to do it. So begins the vicious cycle that ends badly. It’s easy for aging behaviours to sneak in.  A few years ago I noticed myself walking across the room to put my foot up on bench to tie my shoe. That habit started and I didn’t even realize I was doing it until that moment. So I stopped. I bend down to tie my shoes now.

George Bernard Shaw said “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” I’m heading off to the playground….how about you?

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