Martha Stewart may be 73, but she’s determined to make sure her senior years are healthy, happy and full of life. In her book, “Living the Good Long Life,” Stewart shares her tips for successful aging from advice gleaned from her physicians, fitness trainer, chiropractor and yoga instructor. Topping Martha’s 10 golden rules for healthy aging are diet and exercise.
“I’ve always tried to eat healthy,” Stewart told USA Today. “I grow just about everything I eat. I’m not a fanatic about it all. Everyone is going to eat a piece of cake now and then.”
The media mogul saw firsthand how to age successfully by watching her mother and grandparents. “They all lived into their 90s and were healthy and vital people until shortly before they died,” said Martha, author of Martha Stewart’s Cooking School.
Stewart’s 10 golden rules for healthy aging comprise the following:
- Eat well.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Get enough sleep.
- Wear sunscreen.
- See your doctor regularly.
- Develop a hobby or interest.
- Stay socially connected.
- Don’t whine. Change what you can, and accept what you cannot.
- Stay curious.
Martha says she has always been fascinated by the daily habits of healthy older people. “I’ve always been interested in their longevity and in other parts of the world where people are healthy,” Stewart said. “I always wonder what they’re doing to stay healthy.
“Because the Baby Boomers are all coming of age, there is a giant [health] problem looming. My book can tell people how to take care of oneself in every possible way so you can live well and healthy for a long time. If disease does hit you, and it will eventually, the book has sections on how to let it not define you.”
In addition to a healthy diet and regular workouts, Stewart underscores the importance of maintaining a curious attitude, and says hobbies become even more important as people get older.
“When you’re through changing, you’re through,” says Martha, who doesn’t worry so much about aging “because there is so much to do, so many things to accomplish, and so much to look forward to.”
Another thing that’s critical is to socialize and nurture relationships. The divorced billionaire even signed up for Match.com, an online dating site. While Martha has joked about her Match.com profile after the press caught wind of it, Stewart is glad she did it because she realizes good relationships are important to a long, happy life.
“I’ve been curious about online dating for a long time, but, like lots of people, have been reluctant to take the leap,” Stewart blogged.
“After recently writing and publishing my new book, I was reminded how central good relationships are to happiness and longevity. Also, I’ve always been a big believer that technology, if used well, can enhance one’s life. So here I am, looking to enhance my dating life.”
Stewart shared her diet, workout, longevity and success secrets in her bestselling book, Living the Good Long Life.