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Don't Let the Years Win: Tips for Staying Young

By Genevieve Cunningham

We're all getting older. Every day, every hour, every minute. For the most part, we're grateful for every single moment we're given. We're glad to see another birthday pass by. We're glad to see kids and grandkids and to experience new things over the years. But let's be perfectly real: Aging is not an easy thing to do. Our appearances change, our bodies give out, and our overall sense of well-being declines. But does it have to? Or can we actually keep our health intact as we get older? Though certain changes will come with the aging process, there are definitely things we can do to make the process a bit more gentle. A bit more enjoyable. If you're interested in staying as young as possible, take a look at these tips to start adding into your life today. 

Stay Active

Staying active is one of the most important things you can do to feel young. Young people move. They exercise and participate in hobbies and get out and about regularly. As we get older and experience more pain and stiffness, we stop moving. But we don't have to! Maintain a regular exercise routine. Go for walks or take classes or do both. Meet with your friends and family. Stay as active as possible! The more you move and stay active, the younger -- and healthier -- you're going to feel. 

Stay Mentally Sharp

Your mind is even more important than your physical health. It's what keeps us happy and motivated and involved. It's what makes us who we are. As we age, mental decline is a common occurrence, but there are things we can do to help keep the mind sharp. Make sure that hobbies remain a part of your life. Consider beginning activities such as puzzles and brain games. Read. Learn a language. The more you use the mind, the better protected your brain will be from an age related decline. 

Practice Self-Care

Self-care is a habit that should span your entire lifetime. If you are young and single, practice self-care. If you're older with kids and a growing family, practice self-care. If you're entering the golden years, practice self-care. There should never be a time when enough is enough. You're always worth it! Make sure that self-care is a constant habit in your life, and your longevity -- and overall happiness -- is more likely to stay intact. 

Aging is a natural process, but it's not an easy one. Though we all want to live to a ripe old age, we don't want to do it with pain and suffering. Luckily, we don't have to! Use these tips to age with grace and good health, and enjoy your life for many more years to come. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Encinitas, Calif.

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