If your aim is to be lively and robust in your 80s and 90s, you’ll need to learn some anti-aging secrets that focus on the mind, body and spirit. You are an integrated model — there are many aspects of a healthy life that rely on each other. Anecdotal information and science have both shown this to be true. Crush the spirit and the body will follow. Stimulate the mind and your mood will lighten. Exercise the body and your mind will be sharper. In many ways, these anti-aging tips are interdependent.
It is true that one of the biggest keys to a long and healthy life is choosing your parents wisely. That, of course, isn’t truly a choice, but an acknowledgment of the enormous role that heredity plays in health. But you’re not a slave to your family’s past. New research shows that the brain has an amazing amount of plasticity [source: Doidge]. Impending health conditions can be planned for and bypassed (sometimes literally). Even mood and perspective can be relearned and practiced for stress-avoidance. What does stress avoidance have to do with it? Basically, it enhances cognitive ability — that is, it keeps your brain sharp. But more on that later.
You can play a role in the length and quality of your life. You just have to learn how — and take action. On the following pages, discover 10 techniques for maintaining your youth and health as you age.