I’m a late in life mom – and want to stick around to dance at my son’s wedding.
I want to be what’s called a “Superager.”
A “Superager” is defined as someone who is over 65 – yet has a brain with “cognitive skills” shown to be as good as 25-year-olds.
With this in mind, I’ve been researching everything I can to live longer and younger.
I even wrote a longevity book with all my secrets – called LIFE IS LONG – a bestseller from Random House .
I’m gonna sneak you two helpful “Superager Tips” now!
Lisa Feldman Barrett, Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, reports that “Superagers” share something interesting in common.
They keep moving forward – when things get tough. They’re both mentally tough and/or physically tough.
This brings me to …
“When taking multiple factors into account – such as age, gender, bodyweight and education – our study confirms that people who are stronger do indeed tend to have better functioning brains,” said the researcher Dr Joseph Firth, who’s from NICM Health Research Institute.
“We can see there is a clear connection between muscular strength and brain health,” Dr. Firth reports.
In other words, if you want to keep your mind and body in tip top shape, it’s not enough to do aerobic exercise, you should weight train too.
I’m not surprised that muscle strength improves the brain. It makes sense, for BOTH logical physical reasons and psychological reasons.
If you want to be a Superager, be sure to work out regularly – not only aerobically – but also include strength building.
I work out in the morning in my home – while my son is sleeping – using these awesome adjustable free weights.
And I bought this sturdy stowable work out bench as well.
If you’re going through an emotional challenge right now, recognize that each step you take forward, not only helps you to get through your tough time. Each step forward also adds more time to your life! Take a moment to bask in your inner power – and how it’s further super powering your life force!
Plus – if you don’t want to put in the effort of lifting weights, here’s an extra motivational tool. Simply remind yourself that if you want to be a “Superager” then it helps if you face “unpleasant feelings” head on – and keep moving forward. Every time you move through unpleasant feelings, you send positive signals throughout your body which say: “I’m strong. I’m tough. I’m willing to keep going, rather than stop and rest!” These positive signals will further enhance your ability to live longer, healthier, younger.
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
Live your happiest life. Get my research-based happiness newsletter delivered conveniently to your inbox.