Please note due to being away from internet access I'm starting this challenge late...although I didn't begin on October 1 my goal is to write for 31 days...
My father-in-law is 93 years old (young). He still hikes in the mountains near his home, is active in his church, grows roses, and just celebrated his wedding anniversary to his younger (83yrs) second wife.
Some might say the fact he is well into what most would call old age is due to good genes or just the luck of the draw. He attributes it to a beer a day and plain stubbornness.
I'm not sure but I know that one thing he does is to stay on the move. He gets up every morning, puts on his shoes and goes to early mass. He does this every morning and then stays active all day till it's time for bed.
His philosophy is to keep moving and my husband and I have adopted his way of thinking. We don't grow roses (or anything else for that matter) or go to mass every day but we do walk and stay active.
Just a simple 30 minute walk can work wonders. Some days we walk our neighborhood. Other days we go somewhere special like to the beach or a nearby park. If outdoor options are out of the question then we clock our miles on a treadmill or by walking in our local mall.
I don't know if walking will help slow down the aging process but I do know I feel better. When I'm worried or anxious and I start walking I can feel the stress leave my body. That knot that forms in my stomach when I'm overwhelmed slowly unwinds. When I'm feeling blue or unproductive a simple walk can help me snap out of whatever has me down.
Don't take my word for it. Try it for yourself.
"Walking is man's best medicine."
Lace up and take a walk!