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Your real age: it's not just a number
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Posted: 2006 Feb 23 - 21:18
• How old are you? For many people, that's a question better left unsaid in most circumstances. In fact, some people would be downright insulted if you asked them that question in either a public or private setting. It's almost like asking someone how much he makes per year - it's in bad taste, and it's just not discussed.

Why is it when we are young we are proud of our age and exclaim to adults or playmates, "I am nine and a half," or "ten going on eleven?"

Of course you are ten going on eleven.

When we get older, we are "pushing 40," "nearly 50," "plead the 5th," or are "on the downhill side."

When we get to the most respected years, we digress and brag that we are "90 and a half" and "91 going on 92."

Many people refer to the clichÈs, "You're only as old as you feel" and joke about "You're only as old as you look." But, how old are you?

There are many factors that affect our biological age versus our chronological age. A calendar counts days and years, but it's what you've been doing and what you do with that time that determines your biological or real age.

Your lifestyle has a very large effect on your real age. Lifestyle factors to consider include your sleep habits, work habits, stress level, marital status, drinking habits, eating habits, dental health and exercise frequency.

Genetic factors also come into play when determining your real age. Do you have a family history of disease? If so, what measures have you incorporated into your life to combat these potential dilemmas?

Do you go to the doctor on a regular basis to keep track of your health, or do you hide your head in the sand like a frightened ostrich hoping the threat goes away?

Do you take any medications? Should you be taking any medications?

The Web site www.realage.com offers a short test you can take to determine the difference between your chronological and biological age. In about 10 minutes you can see if you are as old as you feel, older than you feel or younger than the calendar claims.

Honesty is the best policy. In order for the questionnaire to accurately determine your real age, you must be honest with yourself. Cutting corners is not allowed.

Following the survey, the computer will calculate your real age and let you know what's making you younger and what's making you older. It will also give you a printable RealAge Plan which lists recommendations, action
plans and strategies to counterbalance the habits that are costing you years.

For those who are overwhelmed by the whole process, they even offer a compressed overview for easier reading.
I'll ask you again. How old are you?

Take the test and find out and learn how to add quality years to your life.

It's not the years in your life, but the life in your years that counts.

Paul Cole is a certified fitness instructor and owner of Fit After 50 in Indialantic. Contact him at (321) 777-3534 or at pncole@msn.com.

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