Today is weigh-in day—again. We have had family here a week and my normal schedule and eating habits were way off. So I know I’m up this week. Let me say one thing about going up the scale rather than down. Don’t let it condemn you. Just pick up the plan and dust it off and hit the trail again. Don’t focus on the past. Look at what you can do in the present. Each weigh-in is another opportunity to make needed adjustments not to feel guilt.
I saw an interesting program some time ago on 60 Minutes. You can go on their website and search for 90+ and see the program in its entirety. But they found some interesting things about people who are over 90. They used the information taken in the 70’s at Leisure World and followed up on all those who were still alive.
Here are some things they found.
No smoking. There were no 90+ people who smoked. 90+ people did some kind of exercise. Exercise was important—at least 45 minutes.
Another interesting thing was the 90+ people either maintained their weight or gained a little. Skinny is not good. That doesn’t mean obese but just average or slightly more. It had something to do with blood flow—same with blood pressure. It’s better to have a little higher blood pressure than have low blood pressure. Again it has to do with blood flow especially to the brain.
They also found that coffee and moderate alcohol was okay. They found that vitamins didn’t seem to make a difference. Some 90+ people took them and some didn’t.
Another thing that the 90+ people had in common is that they kept their mind active. They did word games or other skill games or they were active on the internet. They usually were involved with social activities whether in person on online. They kept involved.
This program shed some light on the problems of aging and the joy of aging as well. Having a healthy lifestyle is always helpful. 90+ didn’t seem to always watch what they ate. They enjoyed the food and of course didn’t overeat. One lady always had her dessert.