Putting Yourself First for Optimal Health!
By Donna Stark
"If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself." That's a powerful statement, don't you think? And one that you do not want to ever be in the position of saying! But, as technology continues to advance, the likelihood that you will end up living longer than you expected increases with each passing year. Chances are, you have been reminded plenty of times throughout your life to put yourself first and to take care of your body, but I'm wondering ... how well have you listened?
We all want to live well and stay healthy enough to continue doing the things we love with the people we cherish the most. And while having good genes certainly plays a role in our overall wellness, it's not the only factor we should count on. How well we age depends largely on how well we take care of our body and mind, and fortunately, it's never too late to make the necessary changes for better health. Let's take a look at a few suggestions.
- Eat a rainbow - We need fewer calories as we age, so choose foods that are nutrient-dense. A good rule of thumb in doing so is to "eat a rainbow." This means to add plenty of brightly-colored fruits and vegetables to your diet. The bigger the variety you choose, the wider the range of nutrients you are likely to get.
- Strengthen your body with exercise - Staying physically active at least three times a week can help you maintain strength in both your muscles and bones, and keep you mentally sharp. It's also a great way to increase your balance and stability as well, which will help reduce your risk of falls. Some good low-impact exercises to choose from are walking, swimming, and bicycling.
- Strengthen your mind, too - Don't forget to exercise your brain too. Keep your mind sharp and improve your cognitive function by trying new recipes, completing puzzles, learning a new hobby, joining a book club, and engaging others in discussion.
- Get the right medical help - It's important to stay on top of your medical visits and to get your yearly vaccines. It's also wise to have a doctor review your prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as the vitamins and supplements that you. And if you don't have a regular doctor, find one that you like.
Living With Change
The challenge of going through the aging process, no matter how old you are, is how well you maintain your overall health and wellness. Healthy aging means learning to adapt to change, eating well, staying physically active, and taking care of your medical concerns. Don't wait another day to start living a healthy lifestyle when you can start living that way today!
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