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September is Healthy Aging Month. Top ten ways to age healthy.

It’s Never to Late to Reinvent Yourself! More people than ever will be 45 and older in America. It is a good time to embrace aging and make it the best experience you can. Try these ten ways to get started.

1. Do not act your age or at least what you think your current age should act like. What was your best year so far? 28? 40? Picture yourself at that age and be it. Don’t keep looking in the mirror, just FEEL IT!
2. Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day. When you catch yourself complaining, check yourself and change the conversation to something positive.
3. Surround yourself with positive people. Have negative friends who complain all the time and constantly talk about how awful everything is? Drop them or distance yourself from them. They only will depress you or stop you from moving forward. Surround yourself with happy, energetic, positive people of all ages and you will be happier as a result.
4. Walk like a vibrant, healthy person. Analyze your gait. Do you walk like you fear falling? Has your gait changed due to pain? It’s time to fix it. Try gait assessment at www.CharlestonSportsMed.com
5. Stand up straight! You can take off the appearance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept trying to tell you. Look at yourself in the mirror. Are you holding your stomach in, have your shoulders back, chin up?? Fix your stance and practice it every day. This is a good way to get your waistline to look trimmer, too.
6. Smile often. How’s your smile? Research shows people who smile often are happier. Good oral health is a gateway to your overall well-being. Go to the dentist regularly and look into teeth whitening. Nothing says “old” like yellowing teeth.
7. Lonely? Stop brooding about having no friends or family. Do something about it now. Make a call to do one of these things: Volunteer your time; Take a class; invite someone to lunch or coffee. You can choose a new person every week for your dining out. Consider taking a class at a cell phone or computer store to stay on top of technology trends.
8. Walk. Walk for your health and to stay in touch with neighbors. Have a dog? Dogs are great conversation starters as well as a good reason to walk more.
9. Be proactive about your health. Make this month the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings. Go to the appointments and then, hopefully, you can stop worrying about ailments and/or address any problems immediately. For an in depth age management evaluation, make an appointment with www.FitMedPartners.com
10. Find your inner artist. Have you always wanted to paint or play piano? Sign up now for a class.