4 Simple Steps for Healthy Aging

Posted by Karen Good, January 4, 2016

Just because you are getting older, doesn’t mean that you need to suffer from a long list of health issues. Many people mistakenly think that aging leads to health problems, but the truth is that there are certain habits and lifestyle factors that help you to grow old gracefully. Here are a few things to consider:

1. Dietary Habits

Your food choices have a direct impact on overall health and wellness, and certain types of foods can actually slow down the aging process. Stay away from junk food and sweets, and at the same time it is important to increase fiber intake to support good digestion. By eating more fruits and vegetables, you can get more antioxidants that work to slow down free radical activity so that you can decrease the signs of aging. Also, healthy fats offer the omega-3 essential fatty acids that are needed to support good brain health.

2. Go Outside

As energy levels begin to drop, it can be tempting to spend a good amount of time indoors. This sedentary lifestyle can negatively impact your health, so you need to be proactive to make sure that you are maintaining an active lifestyle. Get outside to enjoy a boost of vitamin D and to move your body at the same time. Moderate exercise is sufficient, so you can go for a walk, enjoy a nature hike, or go golfing.

3. Exercise Your Brain

Did you know that cognitive function is directly impacted by mental stimulation? It is a normal part of aging to experience some cognitive decline, but this process can be managed by maintaining active learning. Challenge your mind daily with reading and learning new skills. For best results, you can stimulate brain activity with physical activity at the same time, such as dance lessons, playing musical instruments, or cooking classes.

4. Preventive Health Care

Early detection makes it easier to prevent major health problems in the future because treatments are easier and more effective when a health problem is identified in the early stages. Make sure that you stay current with preventive health care appointments, such as annual check-ups, dental cleanings, and eye exams.

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