Tips for Healthy Living
Even at a younger age, a lack of physical activity and regular exercise, as well as a poor diet can contribute toward high blood pressure, heart disease, and a poor health-related quality of life. As you grow older, you go through many changes, and you may need to adjust your lifestyle for healthy aging. Healthy eating and regular physical activity can be keys to good health at any age. Making suitable lifestyle choices may also prevent some health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.
Improving your healthcare is as simple as making a few changes in the things that you do on a daily basis. Here are some suggestions for keeping your body and mind active and alert:
Exercise at any age is an important aspect of keeping well, it releases endorphins to keep us happy and helps keep our immune system strong. It has been proven that exercise is an important contributor to a long life. Physical exercise, from a walk around the park to tai chi, can help:
- Prevention of memory loss
- Reduces chronic pain
- Increases muscle mass and improving metabolism
- Improves quality of sleep
- Keeps you flexible and improves balance
Now is more than ever it is important to eat healthily. As your age progresses your metabolism can slow down, your appetite can reduce, and your sense of smell and taste can change. It’s important to keep having a balanced diet with plenty of fibre, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein. It’s also just as important to keep hydrated. Easting and drinking well will help keep your energy levels high whilst helping digestion and boosting your immune system.
Exercise the brain
Keep your brain active. When you retire and start to do less it’s important to keep your mind busy, while physical exercise helps keep the brain alert other activities such as crosswords, word games, learning a new language or skill can keep your brain strong. Luckily there are lots of apps and online courses as well as available community courses.
Try and keep positive and keep meeting people. Humans are meant to be sociable creatures, ask friends and families to come and see you, start a hobby, volunteer or join a social group. Talking and laughing with people is good for the soul and helps make us feel alive.
Living life to the fullest, no matter how old you are, involves little more than taking simple, incremental steps every day to improve your body and mind and help you live longer.