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Tips on Sustaining an Active & Healthy Lifestyle as You Age

By Sean Lynam

As we advance through life’s journey, growing old is inevitable. It can also come with some ups and downs — both mentally and physically — along the way.

At times, you might struggle with staying active and maintaining healthy habits as you age. However, it’s crucial for you to stay physically and mentally engaged, keeping those energy levels up! In today’s world, many seniors face various chronic diseases on a daily basis. Nevertheless, you can take measures to reduce these risks or slow the effects of aging.

EXERCISE REGULARLY
Your physical health is important, and you should make physical activity a daily priority. You can do this through walking, jogging, strength training, or other enjoyable exercises. Staying fit improves balance and stability, prevents chronic diseases like heart disease and osteoporosis, and boosts energy levels.

While growing older can mean less frequent visits to the gym, this doesn’t mean you should quit being physically active. If you want to reach your fitness goals without leaving the house, you may consider investing in gym equipment for your home. It’s a convenient way to stay active!

WATCH YOUR DIET
Limit unhealthy foods, such as sweets, excess sodium, and trans fats. These things can seriously impact your health, increasing the chances of heart disease, weight
gain, and diabetes — all of which are killer diseases!

Instead, make an effort to consume delicious and nutritious veggies, fruits, whole grains, fish, lean meats, and nuts. These foods are packed with nourishment to help prevent disease and other age-related problems like lost muscle mass.

In addition to eating healthy, proper hydration is key. As you age, this becomes even more crucial because your body fluid levels decrease. Being well-hydrated helps you stay mobile by replacing lost fluids and regulates your body temperature during exercise.

ENGAGE YOUR BRAIN
According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), 1 in 10 older people suffer from dementia. Challenge your mind daily through reading, puzzles, learning new skills, or other mentally stimulating activities.

Engaging in social interactions like chatting with friends, joining clubs, or participating in group activities are also fantastic ideas. These help to boost memory and cognitive abilities.

MANAGE STRESS
Stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and yoga are helpful as we get older. These techniques are also great ways to relax and can even assist in navigating midlife crises.

As you advance in age, spend more time with loved ones and make meaningful memories. Sometimes, a good laugh and some fun time together are all you need.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Sleep is vital for recharging your body and mind. Aim for seven to nine hours per night for optimal results. Being well-rested gives your physical and mental health a boost. Stress levels go down, your memory gets a supercharge, and your heart’s health improves!

SUMMARY
Maintaining an active lifestyle as you age is vital for your physical, mental, and emotional health. As you embrace the aging process, focus on staying active in ways that you enjoy and that suit your physical abilities. The benefits are priceless. Combine exercise with a healthy diet, sufficient water intake, ample sleep, and regular stress management, and you’ll be on track to living a vibrant and healthy life.

Read more Health and Wellness articles from Green Living.

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