We can’t avoid growing older, but most of us can forestall age-related mental and physical deterioration by leading a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some tips that may help you maintain your independence and high quality of life even as you enter your golden years.
1. Get plenty of exercise.
You don’t have to join CrossFit or participate in triathlons, but it is extremely important to get at least 30 minutes of exercise – walking, dancing, stretching, or lifting weights – every day. Exercise helps preserve and strengthen bones and muscles, and stimulates the production of mood-enhancing hormones, preventing medical conditions that facilitate loss of mobility and keeping you in good spirits.
2. Eat well.
A nutrient-rich, high-fiber, and low-calorie diet will help you maintain a healthy weight and potentially prevent many debilitating illnesses, including Type II diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, and stroke.
3. Get regular health and dental checks.
By staying on top of your medical screenings, you will be alerted of health changes that you can address early, and successfully.
3. Alert your family of your health status.
We might not want to burden our family with our health concerns and medications, but it’s important that they are aware of any medications you’re taking, or any conditions you have in case of emergency.
4. Make sure you get enough sleep.
Lack of restful, regenerative sleep can lead to potentially serious medical problems and decline in cognition. If you feel tired and physically fatigued during the day, you probably aren’t getting sufficient sleep.
5. Use your brain!
Never stop learning. Take classes, read, solve crossword puzzles – do anything that keeps your mind engaged and requires you to learn and retain new information. Taking classes is particularly good, since it also helps you to develop new relationships!
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