The Hillsboro High School class of 1972 hosted a party to celebrate their 60th birthday year on June 29, 2014, and approximately 40 class members made it to the event at the Crowe's Nest in Green Hills. Instead of a bunch of gray-haired, feeble elderly folks, the party room was full of vibrant, active men and women who still feel pretty much like they did in 1972--maybe with a few more aches and pains.
Listening to conversations, it became clear why this group has reached their 6th decade and still has the energy to party. Some of the men own lawn services. One just recently retired from ice hockey. Several are active hikers. Some have lost weight due to healthier eating and more exercise. The group of 60-year-olds also obviously recognizes the health, emotional and mental benefits of remaining social in addition to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.
Some tips for remaining healthy into your 60s and beyond would include:
- Eat Healthy: Less sugar, fewer processed food, more raw fruits and vegetable, more water. One man at the reunion has had Type 2 Diabetes since high school or before, and is still active and healthy thanks to his disciplined diet.
- Exercise Regularly: Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Several people at the reunion talked about walking and hiking regularly for exercise, and it doesn't hurt to take care of your skin when you exercise outdoors.
- Watch and Maintain Your Weight: If you have made it to 60 and are overweight, congratulations! You have defied the odds. Try the high school reunion diet, lose the extra baggage and you will live a longer, healthier life. As one woman said at the reunion, "You never see overweight 90-year-olds. They don't live that long!"
- Stop Smoking! If you have reached 60 with a cancer stick in your mouth, much like your overweight friends, you have defied the odds. Why not stop smoking now and have an even healthier 65th and 70th birthday bash?
- Get Regular Physical Checkups: Regular annual screenings are important at 50, 60 and older.
- Remain Socially Active: Get together with friends and family as often as you can. Facebook is nice, but getting together with friends IN PERSON will help you live longer and better. Just ask the 1972 Burros!
Congratulations Hillsboro Class of 1972! You have reached 60 and are still kicking! Go Burros!
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