Finding ways to stay healthy as we get older can be challenging. We have aches and pains that we didn’t have in our younger years. It can be difficult to stay healthy when various ailments creep up on us. There are, however, plenty of good habits and practices that can help keep our bodies healthy and our minds youthful.
Eating a well-balanced diet is a significant first step to keeping your body healthy. Avoid caffeine, excessive carbs and sugars, and alcohol. Go for foods that are high in protein. Also, add vegetables that are loaded with natural vitamins.
Exercise is one of the best kept anti-aging secrets. Those who maintain an exercise routine are:
•Less likely to fall, as they have better balance
•Have faster recovery times after injury or surgery
•Have better circulation and less cardiac issues
•Are more apt to avoid neurological and brain conditions, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s
Getting a good night sleep is essential to good health. The brain is able to rejuvenate when we get a fulfilling sleep. Established a bedtime routine is the best thing you can do to ensure you get a great night sleep.
Studies show that adequate sleep reduces our chances of cancer and chronic conditions.
Negative thoughts are actually quite unhealthy for us. It can lead to high blood pressure, which has its own set of relatable health issues.
When we focus on positive thinking, it can have a beneficial impact on our overall well being. It can also increase our life span.
Also, positive thinking:
•Lowers stress levels
•Increases our immune system
Exercise of the brain is just as important as exercise of the body. Doing daily crossword puzzles, word searches, or sudoku, are some ways to get mental exercise. If you are tech savvy, there are tons of apps that are geared towards mental exercise games.
Going out for a walk is good for more than exercise. Watching the birds, feeling the sun on your face, and breathing in the fresh air are just a few benefits of moving outdoors. But during the cold winter months, make plans to walk inside at the gym or mall to stay active.
Speaking of fresh air, it is amazing for overall health. Even if you can’t get outside, opening the windows and letting fresh air circulate through your house is a great mood booster.
Getting out of the house and socializing is one of the best ways to stay young at heart. Studies show that those who are housebound get sick more often, have diminished mental capacities, and live a shorter life than those who get out of the house and socialize with friends.
Health screenings are a crucial way to stay ahead of potential health problems. Ask your physician which tests and screenings are appropriate for your age and conditions.
According to The Greens at Cannondale’s Senior Executive Director, Ron Bucci, “Helping our residents lead an active, productive, healthy lives is a priority at The Greens. Our excellent care plus health, social and educational programs all contribute to helping our seniors age well.”