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2 happy coupleHave you ever heard anyone say, “I’m in the prime of my life?” Do you wonder when the prime of your life happens? As we age, this may cross your mind as you notice certain skills fading away. But there is good news for us as at any age.

The answer is a little more complex than giving a number. Different parts of our lives crest and peak as we age. Some things do seem more vigorous and sharper at certain ages, but there are benefits to every age.

The following is generally true for most people:

In our 20s, it is no surprise that we hit our sexual peak. But satisfying sexual relationships follow us long into aging. Our ability to memorize facts start to dwindle after our 20s, but other academic abilities stay strong.

In our 30s, we hit our physical peak in terms of endurance, but those physical tasks that require sudden bursts energy (like the soccer player on the field) are better in our 20s and even younger, which is why Olympians are usually young. Exercise is the fountain of youth at any age because of its multiple benefits to the body and mind.

Our mental peak usually happens in our 40s and 50s. While creativity sores high before the age of 40 (think Nobel-prize winners) and our brains slow down, we comprehend and reason better.

Our 60s can be where happiness peaks. We feel more comfortable in our skin. We know who we are and what is important. All of this can lead to feeling happier and more content.

At any age, attitude matters! The younger your outlook and approach to life, the more active you are, the better you will do with aging. So focus on the benefits of the age you are in and keep active and exercise. You will be in the prime of your life, depending on how you define prime!

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