Healthy Aging for Men
By Sara Butler
Healthy aging and healthy living are about more than just exercise, diet, and whether or not a person smokes. It’s also important to nurture yourself socially as you age. In fact, studies have shown that people who are more productive and social as they get older experience a reduction in depression, dementia, disability, and cardiovascular disease. Here are a few ways you can encourage healthy aging for the men in your life – or for yourself if you are one!
It’s important to stay active socially as you get older. Some people may not understand the importance of staying social in order to live longer, but the truth of the matter is that staying social leads to a longer and healthier life. You should try to remain active in your religious community, through friends and family, or in a club where you share hobbies or interests with other people. A study published in the Journal of Men’s Health found that men who lacked social support or social involvement were at a greater risk for serious illness such as cardiovascular disease or stroke and death than their more social counterparts.
Productivity is a relative thing, but when talking about it in relation to health, it can be defined as any activity that contributes to the public good, paid or not. So, it doesn’t matter if you have a paying job or a volunteer position, just that you’re out doing something that makes you feel as if you’re contributing something to the community. This kind of work can help to protect the brain from cognitive decline and dementia, plus it can help you to live longer.
Physical activity is probably the least surprising thing on this list because people know it’s one of the most important things you can do to contribute to better health. Aging often gets associated with less participation in physical activities that people once enjoyed. This is due to various things, but being inactive will only lead to more inactivity and increase the risk of developing illnesses and disability, ultimately ushering you closer to death.
Counterbalance the increased risk of disease and disability as you age by staying active. It will help to improve muscle strength and coordination and benefit your overall health. To find out more about ways you can stay engaged and active as you age, talk to the chiropractors at The Joint!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Northbrook, Ill.