Tips for Healthy Aging

By on 07/15/2015
healthy aging

age wellSo here is the thing, we all age. It’s going to happen whether you like it or not. No vitamin or cream will stop time, and to be honest, aging is a great privilege. It means you’ve made it far in life; you’re still here and you’re still experiencing the greatest miracle ever known – life!

But that’s not to say we all have to age the same way, or at the same rate, or suffer from the same age-related health and beauty struggles!

By investing a little time, care and effort into your body, you can extend its “shelf-life,” along with your quality of life, by great amounts.

Of course, the sooner you start to care for your body, the better your results. So if you are 25, 30 or even 40 and thinking “this won’t apply to me for at least another 20 years!” YOU ARE WRONG!! Staring now will ensure a strong, beautiful and seemingly timeless body. If you wait until you are already suffering from arthritis, wrinkles, age spots and memory loss, you’ve waited too long!

In fact, almost 133 million adults (almost half the adult population) now have a chronic health condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a startling new statistic that shows our modern lifestyles and habits are doing more harm than good. We have more understanding, technology, science and research at our fingertips, and yet our health as a nation is declining! Is it true that all of our TVs, computers, phones, fast foods, frozen foods and stressful jobs are really robing us more than they are helping us?

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To get ahead of this terrible trap, you need to start caring for yourself now, so your future self can stay strong, beautiful and untouched by the now all to common problems of aging.

Without further ado, here are the top tips for healthy aging, keeping your body young and your mind sharp as you progress through the timeline of life:

Exercise

Get used to it. You need it. Your mind, your body, all of you needs exercise to stay young and healthy. You don’t have to start running marathons or become a meat-head at a local gym, but you do need to unplug from electronics and go move. You need to find an exercise routine and stick to it. Exercising will keep your weight in check, will lift your mental mood with endorphins, lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles, increase bone density and even decrease dementia.

Mobility

Along with exercise, you need to stay limber. Taking a yoga class a few times a week, or even doing a daily stretching routine at home will cost you all of 10 minutes but will give you such great rewards. Staying limber helps improve your balance, strengthen your joints and tendons and reduce muscle stiffness, soreness and “knots”. It can also relieve the symptoms of arthritis or fibromyalgia.

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Supplements

Supplements are available for every ailment you can imagine, and while many are hogwash, there are also many proven, reputable and effective supplements that can help support your body and keep it running in top shape! Some of the most popular and proven supplements for healthy aging are fish oil, chromium, biotin, daily vitamins, coenzyme Q10, and glucosamine. All of which help support beauty as well as physical health.

Weight

Staying slim is not just for vanity. Keeping a healthy weight also prevents undue stress and premature aging on all of your body’s organs. You can significantly reduce your risks for diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and depression. That’s just to name a few! Eating right, exercising, and taking the proper supplements are the tops ways to keep your body within a healthy weight range.

Quit Smoking

That’s it, just quit smoking, ok? You already know why. It increases your risks for cancer, stroke, and about a million other terrible health problems that will put you in an early grave. There are now more products, support lines and other types of help to quit smoking than ever before. You can do it and you are worth it. Just quit, ok?

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 Limit Alcohol

While it is true that a glass of red wine a day is actually very healthy for your heart, drinking an entire bottle isn’t! Neither is heavy booze or too much beer. The point here is moderation. A glass of red wine definitely has many social, physical and mental benefits, but do your best to limit the nights you have more than one drink. Over indulging ends up putting major strains on your liver as well as your skin!

Stay Socially Active

Multiple studies show that staying involed with a hobby or cause that you care about will benefit your mental health greatly. It can help fight off poor memory and even dementia. Additionally, staying social with others who have similar interests as you will keep you mentally checked in, alert, present, connected and happy. This is one of the best ways to prevent depression, listlessness and unneeded mental aging!

And finally, another great tip for having wonderful twilight years: be nice to your kids… they are the ones who will choose your nursing home!

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Here’s to many healthy years!

 

About modernhealthproject

Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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