Habits of Baby Boomers Aging Well

Baby Boomers Aging Well is all about Habits

With baby boomers retiring, boomers aging well is a popular topic. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite articles. There are definitely some repeating themes!


Real Simple Magazine — 7 Habits

Real Simple Magazine posted their “7 Habits of People Who Age Well”.

  1. Maintain a positive attitude. (See: A Grateful Heart: 4 steps to make you happier and more grateful)
  2. Watch what you eat…

  3. …And how much you eat.
  4. Exercise regularly. (See: Osteoporosis in Aging & Iron Nun, Olympics and Taking on Aging as a Sport)
  5. Stay social. (see: What is Creative Aging?)

  6. Protect your skin from the sun.

  7. Get plenty of sleep.

Inc. Magazine — 5 Daily Habits

Inc. Magazine’s list of their “5 Daily Habits of People Who Age Well (Warning: Diet and Exercise Are Not Enough)”

  1. Mediterranean diet
  2. Exercise (See: Osteoporosis in Aging)
  3. Social relationships (See: Explore the possibilities: Be Joiner)
  4. Meditation
  5. Optimism

Aging Well Habits

Country Living — 25 Habits

According to Country Living, baby boomers aging well share these habits, they:

  1. Focus on the positive aspects of life
  2. Enjoy working
  3. Use homemade remedies
  4. Practice gratitude (See: A Grateful Heart: 4 steps to make you happier and more grateful)
  5. Wear sunscreen
  6. Indulge in moderation
  7. Believe they’re in control of their destiny (See: Iron Nun, Olympics and Taking on Aging as a Sport)
  8. Have a skincare regimen
  9. Don’t wear a ton of makeup
  10. Not opposed to pharmaceutical help
  11. Get a physical each year
  12. Take care of your heart
  13. Have social lives (See: What is Creative Aging?)
  14. Play video games
  15. Eat a plant-based diet…sometimes
  16. Exercise regularly (See: Osteoporosis in Aging & Iron Nun, Olympics and Taking on Aging as a Sport)
  17. Don’t watch TV
  18. Don’t smoke
  19. Never stop learning (See: CCRC LifeCast Book Club)
  20. Make sleep a priority
  21. Be Adventurous (see: What is Creative Aging?)
  22. Have hobbies
  23. Create a sense of purpose
  24. Have a childlike sense of awe
  25. Look forward to growing older



Aging with Freedom — 3 Transformations

We particularly like the Country Living Magazine 25 Habits. It echoes our own lessons of Aging with Freedom. These habits are essential to the three complementary Aging with Freedom Transformations:

  1. High wealth — wealth is relative, appreciate what you have and strike a lifestyle balance within your means. Money alone doesn’t guarantee happiness. Oddly enough, living within your means is a better predictor of happiness than absolute wealth.
  2. High health — so much of health is within our control. The time to maintain flexibility, strength, and weight is now. It protects both physical and mental or emotional health down the road.
  3. High purpose — wealth and health is meaningless without the social connections of purpose. Purpose is what we do for others and not just in service to self.



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  1. Great post. My dad is 93 and I’ve learned a ton about aging from him. He keeps active and walks everyday and very important- has a very positive outlook on getting older. A lot of his peers sit around lamenting and watching tv while he is outside getting fresh air…
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    • Great example, Matt. Thanks for sharing. We can learn a lot from watching and caring for our parents. Some lessons are what not to do, and some are what to do. It’s great to have role models like your dad. My dad was similarly a good example. Despite arthritis and breathing challenges, he stayed active and positive. He frequently explained, “It doesn’t get better sitting still.” A former Army Air Corps pilot, he followed the air show circuit up to within a few weeks of his death. Right up to the end he was funny, concerned for others, engaged in service (Rotary and Church), and more. His retirement was more active than many’s work lives.

      And we see you like Pickleball! Loved your Pickleball Shoe Review. Pickleball is popular in many active retirement communities as a sport that supports both activity and social engagement.

  2. WOW! habits do really affect the way we age, I guess exercising is the most important one among all habits, look at athletes for an example, anyways thanks for the resources 🙂

    • Shawky, thanks for the feedback. You’re absolutely right about the importance of movement (exercising) to aging with freedom. Stop moving and all the other aspects of life seem to spiral down too.

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