Getting out of bed in the morning might prove to be a painful task if you’re not exactly aging well. Bones and muscles are more susceptible to damage as you age, so it’s imperative that you take better care of yourself as you progress in years. And that’s only the half of it. Use these age-friendly tips to help you out.
One of the best ways to look younger is to refrain from smoking. Another advantage of not smoking is that you will live longer than if you smoke. With that said, it is very important to avoid both primary and secondary smoking because it has very harsh effects to your body.
If you want to age gracefully, then you should try to do something you like every day. By doing this, you will get fulfillment out of each and every day because you are doing something that you look forward to, which keeps you motivated to continue and keeps the enjoyment flowing.
One of the hardest things to manage for the person who is aging and for those around him or her is dementia. If someone you love, has dementia be as patient as possible with them. Often, they don’t know the severity of their own condition. To help your own spirits, take their dementia as a mercy, as it must be hard to die having all your memories intact.
Maintain your muscle mass by getting exercise on a regular basis. Use a pedometer and make sure that you are taking at least 5,000 to 10,000 steps each day. If you maintain your muscle mass, you are sure to avoid some of the terrible falls that you would otherwise incur.
Sugar consumption can really decrease our lifespan. Sugar is responsible for decreasing your lifespan. Studies on multiple types of animals have all shown that excessive sugar intake shortens lifespans significantly.
Go out with friends and family. One of the worst things to do as you start to get older is to isolate yourself in your home. Make sure you get out a few times a week for anything: to volunteer, to have lunch or any of hundreds of possibilities. Going out and seeing others has a great effect on your mental health.
There are 19 foods that are considered to be must have items in your refrigerator and pantry, and they will work wonders for your health and vitality as you age. Write these down and post it somewhere in your home to keep yourself reminded to stay stocked: seafood, dairy, spinach, nuts, olive oil, broccoli, oatmeal, flax seed meal, avocados, pomegranate juice, tomatoes, tofu, yogurt, red onions, garlic, beans and lentils! It may seem like a lot but it is the least you can do for yourself and the best results you can yield from your meal planning efforts!
Adequate sleep is necessary for everybody, but especially those in the midst of the aging process. When you get enough sleep, you are giving your body a chance to rest and recharge, which helps your brain as well as your immune system. By having a sharp brain as well as a strong immune system, you are bound to stay healthy longer and you will continue to fight the aging process.
Growing old gracefully is a challenge for some. Learning what to expect from the aging process will allow you to plan how to deal with it.