Coping with age-related changes in the body can be difficult for most people. It’s important to remember to note that even though there are some things you lose with age, there is a lot to gain as well. Balancing your sense of loss while learning to adapt to change can lead to a fulfilling time in your golden years. Here are three tips for healthy aging so you can live your life to the fullest.
Take Care of Your Physical Health
We all know that aging involves many physical changes, but don’t fall for the myth that growing older means you can’t feel great about your body. While not all pain and illnesses associated with aging can be avoided, many of its physical challenges can be overcome or mitigated by making a few lifestyle changes – eating nutritious meals, exercising, and taking care of yourself. Don’t be discouraged if you haven’t been maintaining an active lifestyle, because you are never too old or unhealthy to start. Scientific evidence suggests that older adults who exercise regularly not only live longer but also live better. This means getting to enjoy more years independently and without disability or pain. To start small, you can increase the number of steps you take in a day to 8,000 or more. Keep your body moving by walking your dog, gardening, or walking to the grocery store instead of driving.
Getting Sufficient Sleep
Even though older adults need just as much sleep as all adults – seven to nine hours, they often don’t get enough. We understand the many sleep problems that come with age like daytime sleepiness, insomnia, and frequent waking hours at night among many more. Don’t fret if you are experiencing any of these as there are many ways you can develop a healthy sleep routine and habits as you age to ensure you get enough quality sleep each night. Some tips for a good night’s sleep include making sure your bedroom is cool and dark during bedtime, as well as increasing activity levels during the day.
Maintaining Cognitive Health
Cognition is the ability to clearly remember, learn, and think, which often changes as we age. There are many great reasons for keeping your brain as active as your body. Engaging in activities that boost creativity and keep your brain sharp can prevent you from developing Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia down the road. Small daily changes add up, so why not pick up a new hobby or learn a new language every day to stave off memory loss as you age? These are excellent tips if your career is no longer challenging you or if you’re retired.
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