Swimmer sets out to prove that striving for a good healthy life is not just for the young

Leading a good healthy life is not just about diet and exercise. Reaching a hearty old age while staying active and energetic can have a lot to do with positivity. Having an optimistic outlook on life can go a long way toward improving one's longevity, happiness and sense of accomplishment.

Take Diana Nyad, for example. According to one of the most popular articles currently posted on CNN, the 61-year-old has embarked on a personal quest that might shock athletic individuals half her age. On Sunday, the hale athlete jumped into the water and began a 103-mile swim from Cuba to the southeastern U.S.

"I'm almost 62 years old and I'm standing here at the prime of my life," she told the news source. "I think this is the prime. When one reaches this age, you still have a body that's strong, but now you have a better mind."

Nyad confessed that she liked a challenge and has been training for two years to accomplish her goal – namely, setting a record for open-water swimming without a shark cage. Her motivation? To show herself – and the world – that, for some, life at 60 is just the beginning.

"When I walk up on those shores, I want to prove to the American Association of Retired Persons crowd that it's not too late to go back and write that book or adopt that child," she said, quoted by CNN.

Although rigorous exercise is not for everyone, seniors who are looking to stay fit may want to try something more soothing, such as yoga. People with a range of health conditions have found relief with the holistic mind-body regimen, which features neck pain exercises and other techniques designed to alleviate discomfort.

Meditating and looking within can help seniors stay centered, focused and motivated. Positivity can go a long way toward living out the golden years in health and happiness. 

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