Doing something daring
"I love a good adrenaline rush! Nothing makes me feel younger and more alive than doing something a little dangerous. Last year my goal was to learn to do tricks with hula hoops and spin fire poi (sticks you light on fire and do tricks with). This year I'm learning dirt biking." —Shanna Futral, 42, Layton, UT. For a little daring inspiration: 32 secrets of people who've crossed major items off their bucket lists.
"Nothing makes me feel younger and happier than being able to make someone else's day a little brighter. One way I get to do that is through my job as a health coach. Working with other 40- and 50-something women to help them feel fit, healthy, vibrant and youthful does wonders for keeping me feeling fit, healthy, vibrant and youthful." —Tamara Grand, 50, British Columbia, Canada. We all have ways we can help others. Here are 10 random acts of kindness that change someone's life right now.
Having a juvenile sense of humor
"My kids and I love to tell fart jokes! Yes they still make me laugh even though I'm totally 'grown up.' Doing CrossFit as a workout also helps keep me fit and feeling young. I'm lifting more than I ever did when I was younger." —Mary DeGroot, 45, Honolulu, HI. Cardiologists also swear by CrossFit to keep the heart young!
Hugs all around
"The calendar may say I'm 65, but I feel 35. One thing that keeps me feeling young and connected to others is give out plenty of hugs—especially to the workers who card me for my beer then point at the sign that says 'we card everyone under 35'!"—Deb Roby, 65, Richmond, CA
Finding my "tribe"
"I surround myself with a tribe of wonderful, supportive friends. Those ladies, in addition to a husband who gives me freedom and understanding, my 10-year-old son who teaches me kindness, and work clients who inspire me keep me feeling happy, grateful, and young. I have a lot of laughter in my life!" —Debra Griffin, 46, Louisville, KY. Need help finding your tribe? Here's how to make friends as an adult.
Having a great sex life
"Nothing makes one feel young like the rush of romance! Getting away with my husband for date nights and week-long trips once a year helps me remember why I fell in love with him in the first place. And sharing a healthy intimate life with said husband of 31 years keeps me feeling and looking youthful inside and out." —Shannon Low, 58, Arvada, CO. Here are 9 ways to improve your sex life in just one day.
Carving out me-time
"I find that choosing things I like makes me happier and, in turn, feeling younger. Apparently, I like working out but never knew it because in the past I never did it because I felt I didn't have time to take care of myself me. I also make foods I like to eat, not just what I know my family will want to eat. I got married at age 20 and started having kids at 22, so I didn't really know myself as an adult. Choosing how I use my time now, from cleaning to hobbies to being engaged with and volunteering in the community, helps me discover who I am and that makes me happy!" —Megan Hall, 41, Ridgecrest, CA. It's not easy but it's worth it! Here are 10 sneaky ways to carve out more "me time" every day.
Tossing my fashion magazines
"Feeling young for me is not so much about what I do as much as what I don't do. For starters, I don't pay any attention to the portrayal of women in media and advertising, both in magazines and online. I refuse to buy into the idea that I'm old. Instead I focus on how I feel, which is ageless." —Monica Haines, 43, Phoenix, AZ. Want your own self-esteem boost? Try these body confidence tricks.
Starting my own business
"When I was 58, I decided it was time for me to go back to school. I graduated at 60 with a degree in Holistic Health. Now, when many of my peers are looking at retirement, I am using my new skills and building my own company. I can't even tell you how invigorating that is. I am actually doing it, I'm living my dream. And it shows: I am 62 but I get pegged for being in my 40s all the time." —Susan Merrill, 62, Provo, UT
Playing like a kid
"I don't care what anyone else thinks, and do what I want to do including doing everything with my daughter. I play on the toys at the park. I make and eat the cookies. I paint, color, and play make-believe with my kid. I may be the dreaded 'over 40,' but I feel 27 and that's all that matters to me." —Quish Turner, 41, Minneapolis, MN. In case you need more ideas: 20 things you're never too old for.