Health, Fitness and Personal Energy for Seniors

Energy Bite 56 – Drawing Energy from People and Groups

There are people who can fill a space with light and there are people who can drain the light before it has a chance to shine.

Have you ever noticed how some people radiate positive energy? Others don’t. In fact some seem to dim a room with negative energy.  Who do you prefer being in the room with. You can almost feel the energy in your body change when you’re around these positive people.  Stop for a moment and think. How many people of the former do you know and hang around with. Don’t they also generate positive energy in you?

And when you are around sullen, withdrawn, and negative people, does that tend to rub off a little on you too – and put you in a bit of an attitude of “annoyance” as well? That may be a bit judgmental but that also seems to be the way it is.

Sometimes groups of people can keep you active and energized. According to Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones, being part of a harmonious group of like-minded people can contribute to a longer life. He cites as an example, the small intimate groups of Okinawan seniors who get together for conversation and tea. These are simply intimate groups of like minded people who join together for group activities. They don’t include toxic people in their group. They don’t necessarily discriminate, they just mingle with those they have an affinity with.  Okinawa was one of the areas Buettner cited as having the most people who are over one hundred years old, and he suggests that being a part of small intimate groups is part of the recipe for active longevity.

Real life examples?  Earlier this month, my wife and I went to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a week with her old college friends, a group of seven or so.  Husbands had to leave after three days and the girls stayed for four more.  They have a reunion every couple of years in various locations and they all have a ball together.  They always have their reunion of old friends to look forward to and will for years to come.  They are all in their very late sixties.

As I write this, my wife is off to the beach again, this time to Delaware where a group of retired teachers, seven or eight of them, are swapping stories and going shopping and generally having a great time in one another’s company.  Some of them are in their mid-seventies and some are younger.  They have been getting together, just for the sake of getting together, for years and will continue probably until there are none left.  They all energize one another and feed off each other’s vitality.

Can you change other people from negative and toxic to happy, positive and enthusiastic about life. That’s not a topic for this post, but it is something to think about.

Positive people aren’t always happy, and negative people can be happy. We are all different as individuals, and as individuals, we can be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, changing back and forth between the two at different times. But this generally passes and our individual personalities show through most of the time.

Can people can change themselves through individual lifestyle changes? Studies have shown that when a person develops habits of exercise,  good food and the other attributes of good health, they tend to happier and enjoy life more. Is that true in all cases? Of course not.  That should be reason enough on it’s own to exercise and stay away from eating junk.

So what’s the takeaway here? Chances are, if the evidence is correct, that you’ll live a happier and longer life when you associate with like minded people who energize you and avoid the negative and toxic people who drain the energy from you.  Obviously you can’t totally stay away from the grouches, but studies seem to show you’ll be happier and live longer when you do,

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

Energy Bite 55 – Energy Drink

There are tons of energy drinks on the market. The most popular is, of course, Red Bull. This is a Health, Fitness and Personal Energy blog and not a critic’s corner so I won’t write about the pros or cons of any of the “so called” energy drinks out there. But at my workshops andContinue Reading

Energy Bite 54 – Preaching to the Choir

I interrupt my new series because this message popped into my mind and I wanted to get it down and in a blog post before I lost the thought into wherever it is that senior’s thoughts go when they don’t stay on top of them. This post is a result of something I heard duringContinue Reading

Energy Bite 53 – The Energizing Power of Gratitude

This is the first in a short series on the things that energize us in life. Gratitude is a nearly “universal” topic and is one of the most important energizing characteristics we can adopt, so I’ll start the series with it. Zig Ziglar, the late motivational speaker and Baptist Preacher used to emphasis that aContinue Reading

Energy Bite 52 – Origins of Healthful Thinking

Most of us like to eat meat. After all we are omnivores by nature; we have the teeth for it. But a lot of people don’t eat meat for any variety of reasons. Many are vegetarians, many are vegans, many are lacto-vegetarians/vegans. Some won’t eat meat but will eat cheese and drink milk. Some willContinue Reading

Energy Bite 51 – Senior Road Warriors, Part 2

As I am writing this article, my wife Edie and I are half way through our road trip to the Hudson Valley of New York and to Long Island visiting with some old friends. Traveling by car can be fun, but tiring. We see a lot of seniors on the trips. Besides the driving, beingContinue Reading

Energy Bite 50 – Seniors on the Road

  I am writing this as my wife and I are traveling up the I-95 corridor to the Hudson Valley of New York State, where we have never been. She is driving. I am amazed by how many people that look a lot older than me, are traveling the I-95 corridor. Of course I-95 isContinue Reading

Energy Bite 49 – You Can Do More Than You Think You Can

Can you do a “Turkish Get-Up”? Do you even know what it is? It’s an exercise.  You can check with the search engines online to see various varieties of Turkish Get-Ups. I always thought they were a body builder’s exercise or a heavy duty kettlebell exercise. Kettlebells are like cannon balls with a handle andContinue Reading

Energy Bite 48 – Your Core and Abdominals, Part 2

Last week I promised I would provide some simple core and abdominal movements with pictures.  So I decided to produce a short Ebook on the subject.  Click right here to view and download the Ebook, 10 Beginning Core and Abdominal Exercises for Seniors. This little Ebook give you a short series of 10 simple movements for the beginning exerciserContinue Reading

Energy Bite 47 – Your Core, Your Source of Power, Part 1

You hear a lot about your “core” and how important it is for strength and mobility. Most seniors have lost much of the strength in their core many years past. In fact it’s right up there with your legs as one of the first areas of your body to go as you age. In PartContinue Reading