When Is It OK to Ask a Woman Her Age?
Unless she’s buying beer or cigars from you.
Here’s another exception to the Don’t Ask, Never Tell rule:
Ask her virtual age. It’s the beginning of an important conversation about putting more years in your life and more life in your years. (If you thought this blog was all about superficial conversation, think again.)
First things first. What is someone’s "virtual age"?
It’s the combination of one’s biological age, genetics, and lifestyle choices. A nifty website figures it out for you if you answer the questions honestly—no fudging. (The link comes later.)
If you’re eating bananas and birdseed, exercising regularly, and not skydiving daily, you could knock years or even decades off your biological age.
I’m 62, but my virtual age is 45. Take that, Father Time.
A few years dropped off my life expectancy (98, yikes! too much!), because I sleep less than 6 hours a night and engage in moderately risky activities (surf’s up!) Plus I picked the wrong parents, coronarily speaking (i.e., they both had heart problems).
Take the test yourself. It’s quick. After finishing the post, of course….
The results might scare you, elate you, or make you change some habits. You may be younger, or much older, than you think!
The best plan is to send this website to everyone you care about. And then talk, talk, talk to them about how you all can stay younger longer and continue to enjoy the pleasure of each other’s company.
Who Gets Fitter Faster, the Tortoise or the Hare?
You already know about exercising more and eating less, yada yada. And you know from experience that crash diet and exercise programs don’t work in the long run. They crash, that’s why. But that doesn’t mean it’s futile to make an effort. The question is how.
Research shows that taking small healthy steps can translate into lasting benefits. Attempting too big a step or too many steps at once could doom your good intentions. Besides, one small change at a time is easier to maintain than a slew of them. Focusing on one small goal increases your chance of success, which makes you feel good and keeps you motivated. After locking in one success step, take another.
The Japanese Have a Name for "Taking Small Steps": Kaizen
And I recommend an excellent book about taking small steps in all areas you want to improve. The name says it all:
Now here’s that link to the virtual age calculator.
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