Healthy aging seems like something so straightforward, yet few people think into the future. However, you may be surprised to see the actual number of people who age gracefully, without significant health issues. Can this be avoided? Most definitely. However, it requires you to make changes to your lifestyle now, as age can be fought over and won. Follow these tried and proven tips to achieve healthy aging.
1. Keep Active
The need for exercise does not decreases with age, contrary to what many adults believe and follow. Think of your body as an automobile; the first few years (your youth) are virtually trouble free, with only basis maintenance necessary. However, as you accumulate mileage (age) wear occurs inadvertently, and more aggressive maintenance needs to be performed. Think of bone loss, reduced hormone levels and reduced ability to recuperate as all remediable maladies with a good dose of exercise. Be sure to include both cardiovascular and resistance exercise into your program, keeping the heart, bones, brain and muscles strong.
2. Sleep On It
Quite a large percentage of the elderly population suffers from depression, although it goes un-diagnosed frequently. The cause? The feeling that their use in limited and that they are mere distractions in the lives of others. A simple fix to improve outlook on life? Sleep, and lots of it. Older adults require as much sleep as toddlers, yet get much less and even less than working adults do. Sleep will also help to stimulate the release of Growth Hormone, much sought after in the anti-aging community.
3. An Ounce Of Prevention Goes A Long Way
Although as we age the needs for preventative medical treatment increases, fewer older adults visit the doctor preventatively. Many falls, injuries and fractures of the elderly can be avoided by attending regularly scheduled clinic visits, during which advance preventative directives are issued. At a minimum, a semi-annual checkup is warranted, with increased frequency if suffering from pre-existing conditions.
4. Have Sex!
First off, don’t be misled by the myth that sex is unimportant once you hit the golden years. Sex is in fact one of the strongest mood elevators, anti-depressants and stress reliever known to man. Of course, we don’t expect you to go crazy and injure yourself during this healthy practice, but keep those hormones active and parts working well. Sexual activity is also a good cardiovascular workout, and everyone knows cardio is good for you!
5. Ditch Bad Lifestyle Habits
If in your youth, you were accustomed to hitting bars a few times a week that needs to stop now. There is absolutely no benefit to hard drinking sessions, and it’s even worse when coupled with smoking. Smoking is notorious for accelerating aging, deterioration of skin, promote cancer risk, increase cardiac episodes, and generally worsen your quality of life. Make a conscious effort to kick those bad habits before they lead you to an early grave. Find other social events that make you happy, without the bad repercussions of abusing your body.
6. Adapt To A Greener Diet
It’s not shocking with the number of diabetics in our midst that in order to prevent similar outcomes, radical changes need to be made to our way of eating. Diets high in refined carbohydrates and processed sugars, when coupled with fats pave the way to heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. The number one way to beat these bad eating habits? Eat green- and lots of it. For one, greens make you full easier, and keep you satisfied for a longer period of time, so the need to snack is reduced. Secondly, veggies are loaded with beneficial phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, which help promote optimal metabolism and elimination of toxins.
Conclusion Staying healthy while you age is made easier than ever, thanks to the era we live in. 200 years ago, median life expectancy was significantly lower, as medical care was sparse and healthy habits were in infancy. Make use of all that is around you and enjoy all life has to offer!