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Age Into Your Best Self

Age Into Your Best Self

With: Dr. Deanna Minich

About the Episode

Learn the secret to a fulfilling longevity!

Join internationally-recognized teacher, author, scientist, speaker, and artist, Dr. Deanna Minich, as she breaks down the key characteristics of feeling great as we age. She offers lifestyle advice and actionable steps you can take into your next phase in life. Hint: It’s not just about the food we eat.

Listen now and start aging better!

What We Discuss

People who live the longest tend to have similar lifestyle characteristics, and it’s not always about food. Dan Buettner identified nine characteristics of healthy longevity, one of which is a sense of purpose and meaning.

What often happens as we age is we look for the next new hack to prevent it, but we can approach vitality from a mental and emotional mindset. Retirement is a large milestone for many aging adults, and the question Ed always asks is what is the person planning to do after they retire. Where are they going to gain fulfillment now that they are no longer working?

People in their sixties can be some of the most productive people in society because their experiences and what they’ve learned have created vast neuronal connections. The problem becomes keeping their bodies on par with their minds.

Live Well to Age Well

Our bodies change with age, and our exercise needs change as well. Deanna has been doing yoga since she was nineteen, but now that she’s in her early fifties, she noticed muscle pain she never had before. Yoga made her body very flexible, but it didn’t make it very strong. She’s since adapted her exercise plans to be more in line with her body’s needs, which include building muscle strength.

As we move through each new decade, it becomes clear that what we do for one defines what we need in the next. Looking for areas we neglected in the previous decade will help us see what we need to work on in the next. For women, acknowledging the shift away from reproductive years is critical because there’s a need to decide who you are going to be in the next phase of life to find fulfillment.

Creativity and Aging

Aging is a constant creation of who you are, so it’s important not to deny yourself your innate creativity. How can you create that sense of fulfillment and joy within yourself? You don’t have to be a painter or even an artist to tap into it, but creativity is often one of the missing pieces when it comes to a life well lived.

Remember, you are allowed to evolve and change. The hobbies you find fulfilling can change, too. It’s more about finding that creativity within you and bringing it out into the world.

Achieve longevity and vitality to feel better as you age. Learn how in this episode!

Guest Bio

Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-recognized teacher, author, scientist, speaker, and artist.
She has more than 20 years of diverse, well-rounded experience in the fields of nutrition and functional medicine, including clinical practice, research, product formulation, writing, and education. She has authored six books on health and wellness and over forty scientific publications. Her passion is teaching a whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, spirituality, and art in medicine.

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instagram.com/deannaminich/
deannaminich.com
deannaminich.com/dr-deanna-minich-blog-2/
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