Saturday, May 26 , 2018, 10:27 pm | Fair 58º


Fun and Fit: 10 E-Z Tips to Age Actively and Drink From the Fountain of Youthiness

Simple steps just may give you the energy you'll need for the next 50 years

Are you a baby boomer, older adult or someone who knows an older adult? We at Fun and Fit may or may not be in one of these categories. We’ll have to check with our actively aging mom. And that’s the point — to change the way we age and dispel the myths about aging.

If you want to age actively (a saw-weeeeet term that means “age at a rate slower than people your age who are not gittin’ up with their giddy up), consider the E-Z steps shared by Colin Milner of the International Council on Active Aging (out of Canada no less), which he recently shared with Fun and Fit. His Top 10 E-Tips encompass the seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, vocational, spiritual, intellectual, social, environment and, of course, physical.

1. Check your Expectations

2. Be Enthusiastic

3. Maintain Energy

4. Ferret out what is zapping Energy and Eliminate it — junk food, inactivity, too little sleep, improper hydration, TV time, negative people around you. (OK, you can’t eliminate them, per se. But you can limit your exposure to them, eh? That’s Canadian talk, by the way).


6. Seek ongoing Education

7. Incorporate Enjoyment — a healthy life is a joyous life

8. Recognize and applaud your Efforts

9. Stay Engaged — with life, people, activities, community. Volunteer.

10. Take stock of your Emotions

Is it just desert or an outdoor exercise arena? At your age, who cares?
Is it just desert or an outdoor exercise arena? At your age, who cares? (iStockphoto)

People today are expecting to live past 100, and who wants that second half to be limited? We expect to make it to 100, mainly due to our desire to see disco come back in fashion! And to be able to get in the last twin word with each other. Society has been slow to respond to the opportunities and issues that accompany this increased life expectancy and expectations, and it’s a global challenge.

Interestingly, in a Yale University study, it was discovered that having positive expectations and thoughts helped people live up to seven years longer! As soon as we heard this, we decided to spend those seven extra years concentrating (positively) on gaining another seven!

Are you aware that 69 percent of people over 50 exercise to gain energy? Sounds like opposite day, doesn’t it? But no, exercise does not exhaust you (unless you do crazy long hours per day); it actually energizes! We’re doing push-ups while writing this so at least one of us will have enough energy to finish!

— Identical twins and fitness pros Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams have been in the fitness industry since the first aerobics studio opened on the European continent. They teach, write, edit, emcee and present their programs worldwide on land, sea and airwaves. They co-write Fun and Fit: Q and A with K and A. You can currently find them in action leading classes in Santa Barbara and Goleta. Kymberly is the former faculty minor adviser at UCSB for its fitness instruction degree offered through the Department of Exercise & Sport Studies; Alexandra serves as an instructor and master teacher for the program. Fun and Fit answers real questions from real people, so please send your comments and questions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Supporter

Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >