Healthy aging is simple yet essential. Taking care of your body should begin at a young age but sometimes your habits need to be reevaluated as you grow older. These six tips breakdown the basics of taking care of your body and living a healthy life.
One of the keys to a healthy life, regardless of age, is staying active. Regular exercise is not only beneficial to your body but also to your mind.
This doesn’t mean you have to go to a gym every day, try going for a walk or doing yoga. Living an active lifestyle can prevent or provide relief from many common conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, depression and arthritis.
Outside of your scheduled fitness time commit to parking farther away from the store and taking the stairs when possible, this is a great way to stay active without having to think about it.
Fuel your body
Your body is only as healthy as the food you put into it. The majority of adults in the US consume more than double the recommended daily allowance of sodium, which can lead to hypertension and cardiovascular disease. A lot of excess sodium comes from prepackaged foods. Try to plan your meals around fresh fruits and veggies, lean protein such as chicken, turkey or fish as well as whole grains. Fueling your body also includes staying hydrated, the best way to do this is by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
It’s important to maintain friendships and social interactions as you age. Despite all of the significant life changes that come with aging, such as retirement and health issues, keep in touch with your family and friends. Loneliness effects many elderly adults. Remedy the issue by scheduling regular social times or volunteering. Engaging in social and meaningful activities such as committees or a book club are great ways to keep your emotional health in tip top shape.
Exercise your brain
Practice brain stimulating activities such as word puzzles, math problems or reading. Keeping your brain active stimulates new connections between nerve cells and may even help the brain generate new cells, developing neurological “plasticity” and building up a functional reserve that provides a buffer against future cell loss. It’s also important to avoid tobacco and in any form and limit alcohol consumption.
Long-term stress can damage brain cells and lead to depression. Stress may also cause memory loss, fatigue, and decreased ability to fight off and recover from infection. In fact, it is estimated that more than 90% of illness is either caused or complicated by stress. Stress relief can be as simple as making time for yourself or learning to say no. Check out our Simple Stress Relief blog for more ideas on how to tackle stress.
Try to develop a regular bedtime routine that will help you to fall asleep faster and have more quality sleep. In order to achieve quality sleep, your room needs to be dark and noise free, avoid watching tv while in bed.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle grows even more important as you age but remember, your health doesn’t have to be complicated. Stick to these tips to ensure you’re doing your part in staying healthy.