Balance vigorous physical activity with sufficient rest and relaxation so that you will feel more fulfilled, whether at work or with your family. Set a positive example for others through your continued fitness. Taking care of your body will contribute to your ability to maintain vital connections with younger people as well as with your peers. Improve your physical fitness while also serving as an effective role model for your children. Whatever your age, you are never too old to play and have fun. It is how fit you are, not the number of birthdays you’ve had that really counts.
By his early 40s, George had built a highly successful auto parts business but began to have problems sleeping and felt estranged from his family. He started to do some regular running in a nearby park to help himself relax. Within 6 months, George felt better than he had in more than a decade. Moreover, his increased zest for life contributed greatly to improving the way he related to his children. Now a 76-year-old business consultant, George plays tennis and periodically competes in local long-distance races. He attributes his unusual fitness and continuing athleticism to his daily exercise routine.
Ruth, an 87-year-old great grandmother, is still an avid swimmer and walker. In her late 50s, she had become frustrated with the lack of balance in her life and decided to get in better shape. After sampling a variety of group exercise approaches, it became apparent to her that she most enjoyed vigorous activities that could be pursued in a more unscheduled manner. Since her retirement from college-level teaching 15 years ago,