PRACTICES TO HEALTHY AGING.

When the years go by, the adolescent glow, vigor and vibrancy start to fade away. The body’s physical and mental abilities begin to slow down as nature takes its course. This new norm is often challenging for many. It requires deliberate steps to handle the new challenges. The following are the steps that will make you feel great as you age.

Stay physically active for a healthy body and mind. Regular exercises significantly lower the risks of heart disease yet positively nourishing your mental health. Aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming, dancing and cycling are a great way to stay physically active. The CDC recommends at least 5 hours per week of moderate intensity aerobic exercise for adults of advancing age.

Stay socially active with friends, family and community. A stronger social community through quality relationships and bonding with friends and relatives improves longevity. Take time and do things you enjoy so as to fuel happiness.

Follow a healthy, well-balanced diet. Healthy foods are the way to go when it comes to aging gracefully. It is recommended that you eat

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Lean protein such as fish and beans
  • At least three ounces of whole grain cereals or breads daily.
  • Three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy such as milk and yoghurt

Quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption. Both alcohol and smoking are highly associated with diseases and premature aging. Just like any addiction, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption is not easy. However, seek the help of a counsellor if need be. It’s a step in the right direction.

Get enough sleep. Good quality sleep is critical for your physical and mental health. 7 to 8 hours of overnight sleep has been linked to lower the risk of heart diseases, stroke, stress and depression. Good quality sleep and rest is a good equalizer for the signs of aging especially for your skin.

Practice good dental hygiene every day. Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and using a mouth rinse daily can circumvent the dangers of poor oral health. Along with proper oral care, it is equally important to see a dentist regularly. A dentist can spot signs of nutritional deficiencies, infection, cancer and other illnesses.

Drink plenty of water. Drinking enough water helps keep your energy levels high. Coincidentally, it’s also proven to help keep the skin healthy and hydrated while reducing the signs of aging.

Schedule regular checkups and stick to them. Seeing a doctor can often detect conditions early or even before they start. Ask your doctor how often you should go in for checkups and screening tests as you age. Also, see a doctor anytime you experience concerning symptoms.

 



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