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Staying Young

“The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” Lucille Ball

How to overcome your fitness excuses and start exercising

 "I Just Don't Like to Move."

"There are people who really enjoy not moving," says exercise physiologist Gerard Endress, fitness director of the Duke Diet & Fitness Center. They prefer to knit, read books, or watch TV. "I work with those people on, 'Can you walk in the mall?'" he says.

If it's sweating you don't like, you can get a good workout without perspiring excessively, Endress says.
You can work out indoors, where it's air conditioned. You can swim so you won't notice any perspiration. Or, try a low-sweat activity like yoga.

If exercise hurts your joints, try starting by exercising in water, recommends Brunett. The stronger your muscles get, the more they can support your joints, and the less you'll hurt. If your physical limitations are more serious, check with your local sports medicine or rehabilitation clinic, or find an athletic trainer who can help you figure out exercises that are still safe and easy to do

If you don't like to move because you feel too fat, start with an activity that's less public, like using an exercise video at home. Walk with nonjudgmental friends in your neighborhood while wearing clothes that provide enough coverage that you feel .
One way other another we can find ways to curcumvent our fears, worries and discomfort. One thing that is agreed upon by all professionals is that our bodies need to move. At any age our bodies crave activity and when we are more active we are healthier mentally and physically in the long run. Good luck and be healthy always.

The Isolation Trap

The Isolation Trap It’s easy to let pain get the best of you and to fall into certain habits that may actually make your pain worse. Here are five common traps—and how to overcome them.

Arthritis pain trap #1: Isolation. It’s normal to opt out of activities because of the pain and to avoid people because you feel you can’t relate to them anymore. But inactivity can actually increase your pain and lead to depression, which can make your pain worse.

Overcome it: “Fake it until you make it,” says Ingela Symreng, Psy.D., director of psychology for the department of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of California at Davis. Try to reach out to family and friends, even if it’s just making a phone call. Go to family gatherings even if you don’t feel like it—getting out is bound to make you feel better. Join online groups such as the Arthritis Central message board on iVillage or the Arthritis Foundation’s online community groups. You can talk about your issues with people who understand, which can help lighten your emotional load, says Patience White, M.D., vice president for public health at the Arthritis Foundation and professor of medicine and pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine

Inactivity is the arthritis sufferer’s worst enemy

Get Moving

Inactivity is the arthritis sufferer’s worst enemy. One of the best things you can do for your body is exercise. It is always smart to start any exercise routine by stretching for at least 15 minutes. Stretching is known to increase flexibility and strengthen muscles and ligaments. For arthritis sufferers, doctors recommend low-impact sports like swimming, walking and bicycling. Contrary to popular belief, sports can be very therapeutic for people who suffer from arthritis pain.

Don’t Overdo It

Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. If your body hurts, take it easy for a while. Excessive activity is the best way to generate joint pain and stiffness. Forget those errands until tomorrow and take a little time for yourself. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy a little rest and relaxation every now and then?

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Have you ever read a story that tells the adventures of someone who finds a bottle, out pops a genie, and he gets three wishes? Most of the time the protagonist ends up causing unexpected problems for himself. (I say "him" because in all the stories I've read, it's a guy who gets himself into trouble.) Even so, having a free wish is fun to think about.

What would you wish for? Money? Love? Fame? Long life? Perhaps the wisest thing you could wish for is perfect health. The good news is you don't need a genie in a bottle to get that wish-or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof. The other good news is that the earlier you start, the better.

If you're a teenager: How you treat your body during these late formative years determines your general health for the rest of your life. If you make a habit of following the philosophy of the three rules below, you will enjoy good health most of the time for the rest of your long, enjoyable life.

When you reach about 40, something changes in your metabolism. You will suddenly tend to gain weight. Food you could eat without effect in your 20's and 30's will start to affect you adversely. You'll have to start watching what you do and eat. If you pay attention to this transition, you will enjoy an active and healthy middle and old age. The three rules below will serve you well.

Eventually you will leave the job market. Follow those three rules or you will die sooner than you expect. People who make it past 80 usually lived healthy lives, and they aren't a burden to their families, and when they go, it's usually quickly. Myself, I want to die in a skydiving accident when I'm 100. Or older.

Finally, here they are: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry.

Eat. The complication is that it's what you eat is what matters. You probably have a decent idea of what's good for you and what's not. Some of those diet books out there have good info. Good eating boils down to this: don't eat fast food, highly processed food, or artificial food. You could say that means you should mostly eat things that enter your house raw. Another way to look at it: Eat things that were available to your grandparents. This is not "going on a diet," it's having a healthy diet. Appropriate supplements are a good idea, too.

Drink. Lots of water, but you knew that. Drink some first thing in the morning. Want to drink a coffee and alcohol? Go ahead. Yup, both of these seem to be okay, even beneficial, in moderate amounts. That means one cup of mud, and one glass of red wine per day.

Be Merry. You might not believe this at first, but the best way to be merry is to stop watching television. If you're not seated in front of the tube, you are doing something else. TV is designed by professionals to addict you to it, and sell you things you don't need. Put that mental and lack of physical energy to a better use: Try some community service, get a part time job, do some serious gardening, dust off that guitar, write the Great American Novel (make a journal of what you have learned in life to give to your grandkids. Might become a best seller.). Get involved with something, and be sure you include some physical activity.

Eating, drinking, and being merry are parts of a lifestyle. That means you need to make them into habits. Changing habits takes about three weeks. Start in, tough it out, and don't worry about it if you slip up. Pick yourself up a forge ahead.

How do I know all this is true? It works for me. Yes, I know a sample of one (me) isn't statistically valid. But my mentors say these things work for practically everyone, and what they say has the ring of truth. Follow these rules and a year from now people will ask if you found a genie.

You can add a lot of useful details to these rules, especially specifics on what to eat, how to exercise, and what good health can do for your outlook and relationships. I collected some of these details and filtered out the junk. You can find good advice, hints, references, and encouragement at

Gentle Reminders of The Content Of Our Wonderful Lives

Grow old along with me!

The best is yet to be,

The last of life, for which the first was made:

Our times are in his hand

Who saith, "A whole I planned,

Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!"

-- Robert Browning (1864) from Rabbi Ben Ezra

Youth is not a time in life, it is a state of mind.

-- Bob Phillips

The secret of eternal youth is

arrested development.

-- Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Youth is a gift of nature; age is a work of art.

--Bob Phillips

If I did not work,

these worlds would perish

-- Bhagavad-Gita

To go too far is as bad as to fall short.

Excessive work is as undesirable as laziness.

-- Confucius

Bless thee in all the work of thy hand which thou doest.

-- Deuteronomy 14:29

We grow old not so much by living

but by losing interest in living.

-- Bob Phillips

Please don't MAKE FUN of our coffee...

Some day you'll be OLD and WEAK yourself!

-- Building 19 1/2 coffee cup.

To know how to grow old is the master-work of wisdom;

and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.

-- Henri Amiel 1874

Old friends are best

They know everything about you

(but they can't remember it).

-- t-shirt text from Starquest of California

Senility Prayer: Grant me the senility to forget the

people I never liked anyway: the good fortune to reunite with the

ones I did like, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

-- Andrew Weil

The shortest and best way to make your fortune is to let

people see clearly that it is in their interests to promote yourself.

-- Jean De La Bruyere

...The arms best adapted to old age are

culture and the active exercise of the virtues. ...

On Old Age

-- Cicero (106 B.C.--43 B.C.

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.

Just get people to stop reading them.

-- Ray Bradbury

Exercise your mind as well as your body.

-- Dr. Andrew Weil

Be flexible in mind and body.

Learn to adapt ot losses and let go of behaviors no longer

appropriate for your age.

-- Dr. Andrew Weill

God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change,

courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference.

-- popularized by Reinhold Niebuhr

extended version. A historical trace of the Serenity Prayer goes back

as far as the fourteenth century.

You will find as you look back upon your life that the

moments when you have truly lived are the moments

when you have done things in the spirit of love.

-- Henry Drummond

May the road rise to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face.

And rains fall soft upon your fields.

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

-- Old Irish blessing

Old age is the most unexpected

aspect of all things that happen to man.

-- Leon Trotsky

If your will power doesn't work, try your "Won't" power.

-- anon

Every intersection in the road of life

is an opportunity to make a decision.

-- Duke Ellington

After you understand about the sun and the stars

and the rotation of the earth,

you may still miss the radiance of the sunset.

-- Alfred North Whitehead

I will love the light for it shows me the way.

Yet I will endure the darkenss for it shows me the stars.

-- Og Mandino

Your face is a book, where men may read strange matters.

-- William Shakespeare

Welcome to the first day of your 9-day skin renewal plan!

Start by establishing a simple beauty routine -- and a beauty-sleep routine. Here's how:

Pare Down Your Beauty Products

Overtreating your skin with multiple products is one of the most common problems dermatologist Amy Wechsler sees, so narrow your collection down to a few select items. Dr. Amy's must-haves:

One gentle everyday facial cleanser

Two good moisturizers -- one with sunscreen for day, and another for night

An exfoliant to use two or three times a week

See what beauty brands Dr. Amy recommends.

Simplify Your Skin Routine

In the morning, wash your face with your hands -- they're naturally thorough, but gentle. Apply your daytime moisturizer to still-damp skin; let it soak in before applying makeup.

Repeat at night, but spend a minute longer washing your face to be sure you remove all makeup, dirt, and residue from the day. Then, apply your nighttime moisturizer.

That's your new skin routine. It's that simple.

Get Ready for Beauty Sleep

Start by asking yourself: How many hours of sleep do I need to feel really refreshed? If the answer is 8, and you normally get up at 6 a.m., you should be in bed by 10 p.m. That means you need to call it a day by 9 p.m. to give yourself an hour to wind down and wash up.

Try this bedtime ritual to help you get the beauty sleep you need.

Need extra inspiration?

Sometimes we jump into new routines without much thought, and then drift away from them after a few days. Keep that from happening this time by mentally stepping into your plan. Spend at least 15 minutes focusing on why you're doing this and what you're hoping to get out of it. Then, go for it. It's only 9 days, after all. And, um, you may want to steal a glance at what's in store for Day 2.

See all 9 days of the Younger Looking Skin plan.

Soothe Stressed Skin

Day 2: Stress relief for younger looking skin

By Amy Wechsler, MD

Relaxing never seems to make it onto the to-do list. But today, relaxing is your to-do list. Stressed skin looks stressed, so keep your psyche and your skin healthy, calm, and clear with these stress-relief tips:

Start Breathing

Try these three breathing exercises. Then, pick the one you like best, and do it at least twice a day for the next 8 days, preferably at around the same time each day. This will help establish a breathing routine that calms you, refocuses your energy, and changes your body chemistry to support well-being from the inside out. So long, stressed skin.

Relax and Unwind

Here are some ideas to help you destress:

Connect with friends. Pick up the phone and call someone who can make you laugh, take a load off your stress level, and help you put things into perspective. Later in the week, you'll have dinner with friends, so maybe call someone you want to invite.

Book a massage. If you can get in for a spa treatment today, great! If not, you have something nice to look forward to.

Have sex. Yep, sex (with a partner or on your own) can help relax you and get your skin glowing again.

Continue to Simplify

Wash your face morning and night using the tips from Day 1, and stick to your new beauty-sleep routine.

Beauty Bonus: Soothe Dry, Stressed Skin

Pour some safflower oil into a pretty squeeze bottle, and keep it in the bathroom for postshower moisturizing. Rub a little oil into dry skin, but keep it below your neck. And remember: A little goes a long way.