Growing old is a natural part of life and ageing will undoubtedly affect everyone physically and mentally. It is important to age well by practicing healthy habits that can help to reduce stress and encourage a healthy mind and body.
Although we cannot be 100% in control over our health, there are indeed many things that are within our grasp. There are numerous things we can do to stay healthy that do not require much money. A few key points to ensure you age well include staying mentally alert, physically active, eating healthy and being intellectually curious.
Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices
As you age, it is important to watch your diet and ensure that the meals you have are balanced and healthy. As you age, you cannot keep eating the same foods you had when you were younger and expect your body to respond in the same way. Seniors need to eat smart, and changes in dietary requirements include the increase of nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, minerals, and calcium.
Recommendations include eating more fruits and vegetables, dairy products, lean meat, and drinking as much water as possible.
Other than nutrition, sleep is another important factor. Having enough sleep allows the mind to feel refreshed and thus enable you to keep active. You will find that you are able to focus better on activities and sleep better. Having enough sleep is essential to an increase in energy level. If you are a frequent smoker or drinker, it is recommended that you quit them altogether. You can take a small step by first cutting down the frequency of such activities.
Stay As Active As Possible
Engage in physical activities will help to improve mobility, balance, circulation, coordination, and even mental acuity. An increase in stamina helps to maintain healthy bones, joints, and muscles. Exercising regularly helps to lower blood pressure, risk of heart disease, and strengthens the muscles. The exercises done need not be strenuous, and a minimum of 120 minutes of exercise a week is recommended.
Keep the Mind Active
An environment that offers little to no stimulation often results in a decrease in cognitive abilities and leads to boredom. Seniors are recommended to make good use of their time to acquire new skills and knowledge. It has been scientifically proven that cognitively stimulating activities is linked to strengthening of memory function, decrease in risk of depression, and most importantly, an increase in life satisfaction.
Maintaining a social network helps the mind to keep in touch with society. As many seniors tend to stay alone, it is extremely important that they still have plenty of company. Loneliness in seniors has been linked to an increased risk of developing dementia. Senior living communities are great for seniors because it involves residents socializing with each other and taking part in activities and events planned for them, ensuring that their minds are stimulated and they are never bored.
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