Fight the signs of aging with some simple yet effective health tips.
How do you stave off the visible signs of aging, keep your heart and bones healthy and enjoy a more active life as you grow older? Here are some suggestions that may help give you the energy you need as you go through your senior years.
Understanding the Key to a Healthy and Active Lifestyle
Keep moving. Contrary to the popular notion that older people should avoid exercise altogether to "conserve their strength", having a regular exercise routine can help boost your energy and allow you to maintain your independence for as long as possible. In addition, maintaining a regular exercise schedule can help you maintain better health, manage your symptoms better and give you the strength to recover from illnesses more quickly.
To get the best results, make sure you get a healthy mix of strength exercises to build your muscles and boost your metabolism, balance exercises to build your leg muscles and reduce your risk of falling, and endurance exercises (such as walking, jogging, biking and swimming) to build your stamina and endurance.
Eat a healthy diet. Eating a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and unsaturated fats (such as those found in olive oil, canola oil, avocados and nuts) can definitely be good for you. It can improve your general well-being and give you the energy you need to do the things you want to do. You should likewise consume more calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones strong, reduce your salt and sugar intake, and increase your water intake to prevent dehydration.
Get enough sleep. Research indicates that a good night's sleep can help improve your vitality, keep your heart healthy, improve your memory, reduce your stress levels and your risk of depression, keep you in better health and increase your life span.
Keep stress under control. Chronic stress can ruin your health. It can cause constant headaches, cramps, heart burn and indigestion. It may also result in forgetfulness, the inability to concentrate and a number of more serious health conditions which includes heart palpitations and high blood pressure. As such, it is extremely important for you to keep your stress levels under control. You can do this by doing breathing exercises, yoga and meditation and/or by solving Sudoku or crossword puzzles and other mentally stimulating games.
Stay connected. Having a strong support network can be very essential to your general well-being so make an effort to connect regularly with your family and friends, do volunteer work and make new friends. You may never believe how effective this can be in boosting your energy and vitality.
Remember, you can stay healthy, active and mentally sharp as you reach your senior years so follow these tips and experience the positive difference!