Aging and Health: How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle as You Age
As we get older, it can be difficult to maintain the same active lifestyle that we had in our youth. It’s important to realize that being healthy when we’re 80 may be different from what it meant to be healthy when we were 20. Our diet and exercise regimens should adjust as we get older to meet our new restrictions and requirements. Here is a list of things that you can do to stay healthy as you age, which you can keep in mind when working with your doctor to form a plan that’s right for you.
Finding time to be active is important at any age, but especially as we get older. Exercising regularly helps us maintain a healthy weight, builds strong muscles, and improves our mood.
Eat healthy meals
A well-balanced diet is important as it gives us more energy and reduces our risk of developing heart disease or other chronic diseases. Everyday Health suggests ditching “junk food in favor of fiber-rich, low-fat, and low-cholesterol” foods.
Stay socially active
Maintaining friendships and fighting loneliness helps us live longer. Loneliness can lead to depression and even dementia. Feeling lonely and isolated can lead to higher stress levels. If you struggle to make meaningful friendships, you can still avoid these illnesses by getting out of the house and being friendly towards people you meet while running errands.
Smoking will only make you age faster and provides no health benefits. Smoking causes damage to almost every part of your body and increases your risk of heart disease and cancer. No matter how long you’ve been smoking, there is always time to quit and your doctor can help you.
Set a sleep schedule
Getting enough sleep is important at any age, but it becomes more difficult as you get older. Many people struggle with insomnia and not getting enough sleep. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day may be able to help maintain your body clock and help you sleep better.
Thinking positive thoughts can help lower your risk for depression and heart attack. Try to find something positive to focus on when you’re in a difficult time in your life. Do what you can to change about something that is bothering you and learn to accept what can’t be changed. This will help you live longer than people who are not optimistic.
Take time to relax
Find time in each day or week to relax and express gratitude for the good things in your life. This might mean taking a quiet bath, writing in a journal, or relaxing with a Kozi wrap. Try to find something peaceful that will lift your spirit and re-energize you.
Listen to your doctor
Follow your doctor’s health advice and take the medications you are prescribed. If you are uncertain or doubtful of your current treatment plan, seek a second opinion or find a new doctor. It’s important that you listen to your doctor and don’t stop taking your medication without being told to as this sometimes leads to serious side effects.
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