I recently requested my hair stylist to cut my hair shorter into a pixie cut. Of course, when she did that, all the sun-kissed summer blonde hair quickly floated to the floor. My kids kindly pointed out that my hair was grayer than before.
At this point, some of you might be thinking their truthful words might hurt my feelings.
My graying hair is symbolic; it means I’ve been through stuff! I am seasoned!
At 45 years young, I feel great! I exercise. I eat healthy 80% of the time. I have better relationships with my friends because we’ve been through the highs and lows together.
When you look in the mirror, I hope the face looking back at you shows joy and contentment.
If not, why not?
It’s not too late. I’ve seen 30 somethings in worse shape than 70 somethings.
Perhaps the gray hairs that reflect in the light are a bother to you. Maybe you dye your hair so you can ignore them until your next coloring appointment.
Age is a number and it is also a mindset. With all the kids going back to school and resetting their schedule, why not do the same?
September is Healthy Aging Month! It’s a perfect time to reset your health and re-evaluate your health goals.
Are you getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night?
Are you exercising 3-5 times per week?
Are you eating 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day?
If you did not answer “YES” to ALL three of those questions, then RESETTING your health goals should be TOP PRIORITY!
Putting off caring for your health can be dangerous. Early detection of major diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and cancer is important so treatment can be most effective.
Do you know what your resting heart rate is?
Do you know what your blood pressure is?
Do you know your cholesterol levels?
What about your T-score (measures bone density)?
Do you go to the dentist twice a year?
Do you have a check-up with a physical therapist twice a year to track your mobility and strength?
Do you get your vision and hearing checked every couple of years?
If you cannot answer “YES” to these questions, now is the time to start connecting or re-connecting with healthcare professionals who are going to help you be at your best.
Don’t let another day, week, month, or year slip away.
Celebrate Healthy Aging Month and TAKE CONTROL of your own health today!
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