The benefits of getting older

Getting older comes with some benefits and remembering these can be a good way to avoid letting the thought of aging get you down too much. Here are just some of them…

You become more chiselled

Women who maintain a healthy lifestyle will often lose the thin layer of subcutaneous body fat that exists under the skin when they get older, bringing out more defined cheekbones and giving them a much more chiseled appearance.

Exercise gently by walking or swimming and then build on that. Work with a trainer and find someone who understands functional movement.

You become wiser

There are broadly speaking two types of intelligence. These are ‘crystalized’ intelligence and ‘fluid’ intelligence. Crystalized intelligence is knowledge, while fluid intelligence is more like reasoning. While our reasoning skills often deteriorate as we age, our crystalized intelligence actually improves as we gain more knowledge over time.

One of the most important things you can do for your brain is to keep learning and to keep subjecting yourself to novel experiences. Our brains operate on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis, just like every part of our biology. So if you are going through the exact same motions day in and day out, then you will find that your brain loses the ability to learn and adapt to changes the way it once did.

As long as you protect your memory, this will only continue to improve the older you get.

You have more time

If you’re like most people, then eventually you are going to retire. When that happens, you will free up a lot of time.

For many of us, retirement seems like a looming end point when in reality this can actually be a starting point. It’s never too late to be what you always wanted to be and with the money, experience and resources that come from retirement now is the perfect time to start!

You can become who you’ve always wanted to be

You can pursue a dream or a passion, join classes, volunteer or just be more active. This is your chance to become whom you always wanted to be – whether that means becoming an artist or a film actor. Maybe writing a book, or launching a company.

Now is the best time to do it. Running a business is much more enjoyable when you’ve paid off your mortgage and when your lifestyle isn’t dependent on it.

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