Healthy Habits for Healthy Aging
By Donna Stark
There are a lot of things we put off "for later" that we should probably be doing now. Things like changing the oil in the car, paying off some debt, or seeing the dentist are some perfect examples. We put these things off because we think we will get to them sometime down the road, but the sad reality is that we often don't, and we end up living with regret. This is why it's important to be mindful of what you are pushing to the side because when "later" finally does come, it may bring along additional problems, and unfortunately, that's exactly what will happen if you put off developing healthy habits.
Create Those Habits Now!
There are many people who spend their entire lives hearing about how important healthy habits are, but for one reason or another, can never seem to find the time to develop a clear-cut strategy for optimal wellness. And then they hit the aging process. My advice to you? Don't be like one of those people. Make a healthy aging routine now so that you can improve your overall health as you age. Here are some great suggestions on where to start.
- Stay social - As you age, it can become more challenging to connect with others and to participate in activities that you are passionate about, so nurture those things now! Loneliness and isolation can wreak havoc on your health and may lead to depression, digestive problems, weakened immune systems, and heart issues.
- Exercise - Exercise isn't only good for losing weight and getting physically stronger. For seniors, it is also a great way to boost immunity, strengthen the brain, prevent muscle loss, and reduce the risk of serious diseases. So find an exercise that you love and start incorporating it into your daily routine.
- Choose a healthy diet - Eating healthily is an area of life that is often quite challenging for many seniors, because as a person ages, their appetite tends to decrease and they may not cook as often as they used to. This can lead to malnutrition and can increase the risk of illness, falls, and injuries. It's important to understand what the body needs in regards to vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and how to choose the right types of food in order to get everything you need.
Healthy Aging Routine
Our daily routines may look different from one person to the next, but everyone should include specific components that encourage and support healthy aging. Living a healthier lifestyle doesn't have to feel like work, and if you can figure out what works best for you and your loved ones, it won't.
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