I am going to share a secret with y’all. If you do this one thing everyday or at least every couple days you will be sure to help keep yourself young. Oh, and you will even enjoy it.
It seems everyone is looking for the fountain of youth these days.
You see ads everywhere for anti aging creams, drugs, natural supplements and even surgeries that will keep us looking and feeling young. It’s become a multi billion dollar industry.
Us *Boomer’s and *Gen X’rs are the ones these companies are marketing to because they are the ones that are (usually) well established and making a great share of the money.
Today, we are living longer than we ever have. Many of us look back at what we once considered to be “old” and are finding that we are no where near ready to sit on the front porch, rocking the rest of our years away.
We want to “live” those next 30, 40 and even 50 years we have left on this beautiful earth.
Well I have one of the biggest secrets to remaining young!
Are you ready for it?
Yep, that’s right, you need to play.
Some of y’all may be blinking right now wondering if you read that right…. you did.
Think about it for a moment. Think about how you felt when you would be with your friends playing. I bet if you look back on it, you felt carefree and alive.
We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing – George Bernard Shaw
That is what playing will do for you.
Here are some additional benefits to playing:
Happiness – Let’s face it, if we weren’t happy when we were playing we would stop and find something else to do. When you are playing and happy, you are usually smiling. Smiling causes less frown lines around your mouth and less stress wrinkles from a furrowed brow.
Movement – Much time was playing tag, swinging on swings, riding a bike, playing Twister etc. Our bodies were moving. The human body loves to move and as we get older, we tend to move less. Playing helps to keep our bodies strong and flexible.
Reduction In Stress – When you take a break and play, you aren’t thinking about work or dinner or whatever else you have in life that is causing you stress.
Friendship – Remember when you and your friends would get together to spend the day outside? As we age, friendships are very important. Studies have found that close friendships are essential for not only happiness but also for our minds. People with a circle of a good friends seem to be less at risk of diseases of the mind.
So get out there and PLAY!
Go to a park and swing on a swing.
Slide down a slide.
Play a game of tag with your grandchild.
Grab a friend and get one of those bouncy balls with the handle on it. You will be amazed at how much fun these are. Oh and there are usually a LOT of laughs.
Jump rope or better yet, get 2 friends to hold the ends of a long jumprope and take turns jumping
Get some sidewalk chalk and draw out a hopscotch board.
Have some friends come over for a BBQ and play Kick The Can or Red Rover.
Sit down and think back to when you used to play as a child. Think of all the different things you would do. I promise, you will find one or two of those things that you can still do today.
Now go and play!
*Baby Boomers are defined as having been born between 1946 – 1964
*Generation X is defined as having been born between the years 1965 and 1976
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