Aging is a natural process, but ageing in a healthy manner is different. Following some tips listed by the experts can help you age in a graceful and healthy manner.
Getting older is involving all the changes in life, this is mental, physical, emotional, social, sexual and a lot more. Some of the changes can be negative while the others are positive. Cancer and dementia are considered to be the biggest killers in this modern world.
Here are some steps to age healthy.
1. Staying Physically Active is Important for Mind and Body
Physical activity reduces the number of effects of aging. Regular exercise can help you maintain your balance , improve your mood as this can bring down depression and anxiety, helps in mobility and also contribute to ‘good’ cognitive functioning. Exercise is essential for managing chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and also osteoporosis and colon cancer.
The CDC recommends any type of exercise. You can choose walking or swimming but ensure 150 minutes of exercise every week. This can be broken down to 30 minutes for each day for 5 days a week.
2. Consuming a Healthy and Well-balanced Diet
You need to have a clear understanding of the requirements of your body. If you are not too sure there is no harm in consulting a dietician or a nutritionist. Ensure you add whole grains and a good amount of fiber in your diet. You also need to make sure you have enough of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
3. Stay Active Socially
Make an effort and connect with your friends and family. This works in the ‘positive’ for your mental and also physical health. Studies have proved that those over the age of 65, who connected with friends, had lesser chances of going through mood swings and depression.
If you do not have any social activity at the moment, plan on joining a gym or probably a club. You will come across ‘like-minded’ people and can easily connect with them.
4. Make ‘Yourself’ a Priority
Healthy aging is possible only if you regularly have all your check-ups. This includes your normal check up, dental check up and more. This is important so that the problems are diagnosed in the early stages and treated without any complications.
Contact a specialist and work out a ‘daily’ care plan if you are suffering from any chronic illness.
5. Regular Medications
After a certain age it is very important to ensure you take all your medications on-time, on a regular basis. Make an effort and keep an alarm so that you do not forget the same. At the same time, you need to do a periodic review of your medications with your doctor to find out if all the current prescriptions are necessary. It is always advisable to take as less medications as possible but only after taking the advice of the doctor.
Aging gracefully is possible only if you are healthy.