Let’s be honest, aging cannot be prevented, but it can definitely be slowed down. And it is up to us to help our body stay young and healthy as long as possible. With the right nutrition and fitness regimen we can slow the years down even when it seems that our genetics is working against us. So let’s see how to go about the idea of aging in a healthy manner.
Staying active is essential for physical and mental wellbeing. Regular physical activity can slow down and even prevent some of the chronic problems that come with old age. It is important that you find something you love doing so that it is a pleasurable activity and not an obligation.
Modify your nutrition
Believing that you can eat the same food in your 50s as you did in your 20s can shorten your lifespan significantly. It is important that we understand that our body is aging, our metabolism slowing down, thus it is important to provide the right kind of food for your body to stay healthy. For example, decrease your fat intake and opt for lean meats that will provide you with the quality protein source. And of course, carbs and sugars should be on the down low in your daily diet.
Make your life a bit easier
If there are some shortcuts you can take, don’t avoid them, you have earned them. For example, why go to the doctor’s office each time you feel unwell, get yourself a trusted home doctor who can come in and give you a once over whenever you need them to. You will save time, be more comfortable and avoid seeing the inside of a doctor’s office, let’s face it, no one likes that.
Keep your brain in good shape
Yes, yes we know that you know that brain cells do not regenerate, we have what is given to us and it is up to us to take care of them. As you get older consider getting some supplements like ginkgo biloba that can improve your memory. Try to keep your mind occupied with reading and doing puzzles, don’t waste it on watching TV every day. And finally, never stop learning, you can always take up a new language or start a dance class, why not.
Don’t pull away from people
As we get older we require more energy to stay in touch and cultivate relationships. And although you sometimes feel like not doing any of that, it is important. Loneliness can have a very negative effect on both your mental and physical health. That is why you need to give your best to cultivate long-lasting relationships with the people you love.
Throw stress out of the window
You were stressing in your twenties, thirties and forties, it is time to stop and focus on the positive side of life. By now you should have learned that nothing good comes out of stressing about things you cannot change. So instead of worrying about what is to come, relax, do what you love and forget that you ever felt stressed.
Make sure you get enough sleep
Our body needs sleep to rest and recuperate from all the daily activities. As we age we need more sleep, so don’t deprive your body. Make the time and rest as much as you can, you will feel better and healthier and you might even slow down the aging process a bit. In addition, try to figure out a regular sleeping schedule you can stick to, this will benefit both your mind and your body greatly.
Introduce fun and laughter into your life. Laughing releases chemicals in our bodies that can help us get rid of pain and fear, the two emotions usually associated with aging, so laugh often and laugh wholeheartedly. Go to comedy show, watch fun movies, spend time with good friends, just surround yourself with laughter.
Travelling can do wonders for both your body and mind. Discovering new places, immersing yourself into new cultures can really broaden your views, help you relax and discover new sources of beauty in life. So travelers much and as often as you can. Preferably to some exotic and remote destinations, you don’t want to regret not seeing some of the wonders of the world.
Do the things that make you truly happy
This last one might be the most important. If we focus on things that fill us with positive energy and happiness our body will respond in a positive manner, we will feel better. Feeling good about ourselves, and finding joy in what we do will take all the negativity out of our lives enabling us to experience life to the fullest and stay positive.
You can now take charge of your aging process and start enjoying a healthier lifestyle that will help you feel great well into old age.