We all want to age well…right? Aging well consists of more than exercise, diet, genetics and even attitude.
Did you know that aging well may be as simple as adopting these easy everyday habits?
1. Maintaining a Positive Attitude – Having positive thoughts about aging helps people recover more quickly from a disability than those who see aging as being helpless or useless.
2. Watching What You Eat – Oh, don’t we all love to eat!! Research shows that a low-glycemic diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and a small amount of whole grains is the healthiest. The Mediterranean diet is a good example of this and helps you age better by warding off heart attacks and other diseases. Stay away from the chips, soda, and white bread…they speed up the aging process.
3. Watching How Much You Eat – We are actually prone to overeating! Stick to a balanced diet and you will live longer.
4. Exercising Regularly – Staying active is crucial to aging well. You lose muscle more rapidly as you age. Exercise (particularly resistance workouts) can increase mass and strength. It also reduces age-related memory loss.
5. Staying Social – Having strong social ties gives an older person a 50 percent higher chance of living longer. Stay in contact with friends and relatives.
6. Protecting Your Skin From the Sun – Use moderation when it comes to the sun. It causes wrinkles but you do need the sun’s UV rays to trigger vitamin D production.
7. Getting Plenty of Sleep – You should be getting seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Not sleeping enough may result in a higher risk of obesity heart disease, and diabetes. Taking a nap even improves your memory! Sleep is not a luxury…you need it!
Old age is definitely not for sissies!!