How to Have a Long and Healthy Life!

Do you know what it takes to live a long and happy life? The answer may surprise you. In The Longevity Project, Drs. Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin compile the findings of an eighty-year study that answers that very question and more. 

Can we all agree that living long and healthy lives is a common goal? Eating various healthy foods is the best way to get the nutrients you need, but many of us are not hitting the suggested daily amounts in our diets. The National Institute on Aging has a list of suggestions regarding supplements you should take. As a general rule of thumb, ensure the supplements and vitamins you take are high quality; otherwise, you are just throwing money down the drain.

You are going on a date!

Are you ready to get back into the dating world again? Guys, the goal is to look your best (without overdoing it) while staying comfortable and confident. Ladies, whether you are getting ready for a first date or you’ve been married to your date for years, we’ve got outfit inspiration that can help you look and feel your best, too!

If you haven’t had much success finding love on dating apps, it’s time to try a matchmaker! Love and Matchmaking has expert matchmakers who boast a 95% success rate! If you’ve found your match but aren’t feeling confident, they even have date coaching services.

The Bright Side of Longevity

Living healthy is the key to the third age we want to have. That’s why we made it the first pillar of Third Age Mojo. The other pillars are mindset, money, home, relationship, and adventure. All of our pillars rely on the strength of our health. 

Through his podcast, The Brightside of Longevity, Dr. Roger Landry shows us many ways to brighten our journey through life and learn to be grateful for everything we have. On his podcast, guests share practical tips and research on how to live healthy, long lives. Real change starts with shifting your routines, so start your day with a 3-minute positivity journal. If you need help staying accountable, you can join a free positivity community to set yourself up for a happy, healthy, and long third age. 

Join me in some Third Age fitness fun!

Have you ever felt directionless in your workout program? If so, you aren’t alone! Sometimes, all you need to do to feel motivated again is to start something new. If you don’t want to join a gym but are interested in a workout program, I encourage you to try SilverSneakers. They have a basic program that includes squats, rows, pushups, lunges, and deadbugs.

The best part about SilverSneakers is that you can do all of the workouts with the gear you have at home! I’m excited to start and would love some accountability partners; we can workout together via Zoom (no pressure) or check in via direct message on Facebook or through email (Cat@ThirdAgeMojo.com). I can’t wait to spring into action with you!

Get Your Side Hustle Going!

Doesn’t the sound of extra money put a smile on your face? Well, have you ever considered starting a side hustle? You can make extra money and have fun at the same time. My side hustle began when a friend needed someone to dog sit, and it sparked an idea to generate some extra revenue for myself during retirement. It’s important to set yourself up for success by using the best tools and technology to make things like organization and payments easier to manage once your new adventure starts.

Hiking Bliss and Fitness

The days are getting longer and warmer. Are you ready to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful nature around you? Training for and then hiking is the perfect way to get your mojo working. You can help develop your hiking foundation with training guides from REI. Having the proper gear is just as important as training for the hike. What you wear on your feet can truly make or break your experience, so I recommend Merrell Hiking Shoes; they are fabulous!

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

Not all wanders are lost- and I’m not telling you to get lost, but I am telling you to live a little!

Exploring in your town can open doors to finding undiscovered gems. If you live in a big city, finding new things to explore might be more accessible. If you live in a smaller town, the local chamber of commerce probably has some ideas for your town and the surrounding areas.

The best camera for the shot is the one you have in your hands- I swear by my phone’s camera. Professional-style cameras will provide better photos, but the iPhone Photo Academy can teach you to take pictures you’d never expect from a phone. The best part about the course is that it’s online, so you can take it wherever you are whenever you are free. I suggest investing in a lightweight tripod, which you can carry while you explore your local community to help capture memories you can keep for a lifetime.

Celebrating Love and Marriage

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to take some time to celebrate marriage. Relationships take work; Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are famous examples of the success you can have if you put work in. Although they don’t plan to tie the knot, they have happily been together for forty years. It’s safe to say they found the secret to healthy relationships.

As we get older, our most sacred relationships matter more than ever. It is believed that better relationships lead to better health. In the book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, written by John Gottman, you’ll learn just what leads to a long-lasting and supportive relationship.

Over time, the spark and lust can go away, so we wanted to bring some fun back into your date nights. Here are some of our favorite ways to put together a great night for your valentine

Let’s Plan This Year’s Garden!

Who else is making their list and checking it twice? And no, I’m not talking about anything related to Christmas. I’m looking ahead to the warmer spring and summer months filled with beautiful flowers and those dreaded weeds. Pulling weeds is probably my least-liked task, but having a stand-up weed puller has helped make weeding less strenuous

Gardening is an excellent activity for third-agers. Studies show gardening can improve your sleep and decrease isolation (if you garden with others). Gardening is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Gardening on a Shoestring, written by third-age gardening expert Rob Proctor, gives you tips to make your dream garden on a budget. If you prepare now, you will soon be plucking those fresh tomatoes, listening to the bees, and enjoying the sites of beautiful butterflies. 

Healthy Cooking for Two!

Eating out is becoming financially straining, but not just that, I have found that restaurant foods are often higher in fat, sugar, and salt. You can wipe away your excuses for not cooking, with a cookbook from Michelle Anderson called The Healthy Cookbook for Two. This book offers fresh ideas for weekly meal planning, saving you time and money, recipes from around the globe, and recipes portioned for two.

If you cook more at home, you’ll want new BPA-free storage containers, salad storage, or glass containers for your new healthy snacks. Even if you are one (like me), this book is for you- allowing you to have lunch ready for the next day or in the freezer for another time. Preparing your meals at home lets you know exactly what you eat. 

Senior Living Guide to Best Places to Retire

Do you want to enjoy new adventures, meet new people, and move somewhere new?

Senior Living has a comprehensive list of the best places to retire. You can learn about the states with the lowest cost of living, the highest quality of life, and the cheapest countries for retirement. Find exactly which destination speaks to your soul and what you must consider when choosing a place to call home. No matter where you decide to live, making your home safe and comfy with organization and safety features will allow you to live your third age in peace.

Beat Anxiety with “Breath and Prayer” by Jennifer Tucker

In her book “Breath As Prayer,Jennifer Tucker connects breathing and prayer to find hope amid anxiety. Although she uses a Christian perspective, spirituality doesn’t have to center around religion. I have been practicing meditation for many years but split away from praying until I found a group that encourages praying to a higher power (however they imagine that higher power to be). 

Breath As Prayer walks the reader through the beginning process of meditation. Often, people get scared to try meditation, but I’m living proof- the more you practice it, the better you will become. Meditation cards and other gear make starting your meditation journey easier. Meditation has changed my life and can do the same for you.