There is strength and beauty in aging, and you can embrace and enhance the process and add years to your life by making healthy lifestyle choices.
We don’t just want to survive for longer if that means suffering from chronic diseases and poor quality of life. We want to extend the number of years spent in good health and total vitality.
The choices we make today will affect our health in the future.
Eat Your Way To Longer Health
The food you choose to eat can significantly impact how long and healthily you live.
Being overweight puts you at a significantly higher risk for health issues such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and even some types of cancer. Fortunately, obesity and weight gain can be prevented and treated by making healthy changes to your diet.
Everyone will benefit from consuming a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods such as vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds. Every mouthful of these healthful meals is one less mouthful of a less nutritious alternative. These plant-based foods are also packed full of antioxidants that reduce inflammation in your system and protect your cells from damage.
Recent research also suggests that intermittent fasting may help to increase health and longevity. However, more studies are needed to determine the safety and efficacy of this approach.
Staying Physically Active
Being in shape is not just about looking good but also about having the strength and energy to face daily life.
Aerobic exercises like brisk walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, and dancing can strengthen your heart, build endurance, and improve circulation.
You should also try strength training each week to build muscles and prevent your bones from weakening as you age.
For some added fun, remember that sexual activity has been shown to improve our quality of life and may even contribute to living healthier and longer.
Staying Mentally Healthy
Some gentle cognitive exercises like meditation can help support a peaceful mind while reducing stress.
You’re never too old to learn a language, master a new skill, experiment with a new hobby, or solve a puzzle. Learning to cook a new healthy recipe can also teach you about nutrition and introduce you to new flavors, textures, and ingredients that may help keep your food exciting and healthy.
If you’re struggling with an emotional problem, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Talking to a therapist can help you work through difficult thoughts and emotions, allowing you to feel better and gain a new perspective on your problems.
Every day is an opportunity to connect with your friends, family, and community.
Simple social activities like participating in a sports league, volunteering, or attending local events can help you to stay engaged and share your life with others.
By taking care of your physical, mental, and social health, you can enjoy a longer and healthier life that is full of exciting new experiences, good food, and good company.