As I prepare to leave public service after 26 years, I keep hearing, "But you're too young to retire."
True, in a respect. I am 60 years young and have never been finicky about telling anyone my age. The way I look at it, I am alive and well -- with an emphasis on "well." I have eaten a clean, plant-based and organic diet for almost 10 years. I take supplements like flax seed oil for heart health and Vitamin D. I practice yoga and Pilates, ride a bike, hike and do Zumba. As a result, I am rarely ill with even a common cold.
Sadly, I lost both of my parents when they were in their 60s. Heart disease and cancer are rampant on both sides of my family. In terms of genetics, I have an uphill climb if I want to live a long and healthy life. So for decades, I have been vigilant and working at it every day to stay fit and healthy. Since I plan to work for another 10 years beyond my federal career, I need to stay healthy.
There is an abundance of literature these days on healthy aging. I will share part of my own experience and what I believe are some common sense tips that will get you started on a path to healthy aging.
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