Have you ever seen an older adult doing something fun, looking vibrant and being active? What is the first thing that crosses your mind? Is it thoughts like: that looks odd; or, never thought an older adult could do that; or funny, I never knew an older adult could have so much fun; or, Wow! I want to be that fit, active, vibrant when I am that age?
Regardless of your thoughts, it is interesting to listen to your inner dialogue. Your inner voice will tell you a lot about how you perceive aging, activity and having fun. Positive perceptions of aging will inspire some folks to change their lifestyle in a positive way by watching older adults. Others will have their lifestyle and activity affirmed, as they believe, their current activity level will keep them physically well and having fun as they grow older. Many may not even consider what is required to have daily fun, and to look and feel, physically well.
Listening to the inner voice and creating an inner dialogue with yourself about how you would like to grow older is a positive step towards healthy aging. Do you remember, as a child, having an imaginary friend, whom you talked and played with … as adults we often forget to imagine, dream and communicate with oneself. Entering the “playground” as an adult is an important step towards positive mental, emotional and physical well-being. Applying a positive perception to growing older and seeking out fun activities and creating your own personal playground will create a resilient attitude towards adversity and will promote positive mental health strategies, for life long health.
Here is a video that inspires me and reminds me how to be creative, have fun and to “Never Leave the Playground”
We all know that we need to eat more fruit and vegetables but how do we make this happen? The Provincial Health Officer’s Annual Report 2005 called Food, Health and Well-Being in British Columbia has the following suggestions:
Eating at least 5 to 10 servings of vegetables and fruits a day may be the single most important food change most British Columbians can make to improve their health. Some simple ways to do this are:
The Provincial Health Officer’s Annual Report 2005 called Food, Health and Well-Being in British Columbia has a great description of what healthy diets have in common. The report states the following:
Many healthy diets share similar features. Recent research has aﬃrmed the traditional Mediterranean diet as one of the ideal styles of eating to promote longevity and a range of health beneﬁts, particularly the prevention of heart disease and a decreased risk of a variety of cancers (Hu, 2003; Trichopoulou, Costacou, Bamia, & Trichopoulos, 2003; Singh et al., 2002).
The traditional Mediterranean diet features:
This diet—high in ﬁbre, low in saturated (animal) fat and trans fats—is very similar to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, and to the recommendations of Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating. With a minimum of processed foods and an abundance of grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, these diets provide a healthy, well-balanced way of eating and are also satisfying to most palates.
A new way for the whole family to exercise has come to town. Test strength, stamina, agility, balance and flexibility in the local forest. A new adventure park opens in Lake Country this summer. While Oyama Zipline has had huge success with their guided zipline tour; this year Peter and Jennifer Madsen will introduce an aerial play park with obstacles suitable for every age. The price-point is very affordable and the attraction is for local families who want an outing with a fitness component. A toddler area is offered and children aged 4 thru 11 have an age-appropriate, supervised area to themselves. Next to this “Little Monkey Play Park” is an aerial challenge course older kids, teens and adults can explore at their own speed. All equipment and ground school training is included. You are clipped-in with state-of-the-art belay system then can climb, jump, and swing your way through the trees. The obstacles start at 5m and get higher (you can choose to add the 60’ freefall quick jump at the end … or take a less scary route). Because this is a self-guided adventure you progress to higher and more difficult obstacles only when you are ready. For more information check out www.oyamazipline.com.