Wouldn’t it be great if we, the Baby Boomers, could go to a fountain of youth and stay young forever? Yet, we all have to face getting old, it’s a fact of life. However, you can impact the quality of your life as you age. Paying attention to your diet and exercising regularly are two of the best ways to stay healthy and age well. Take care of yourself and you will feel and look younger than you are.
Everyone young and old, we all need to take care of our bodies and minds. Taking care of ourselves, keeps us thinking and moving and helps prevent major illnesses. We all have to work at keeping ourselves healthy and there is no better time than right now. The younger you start taking care of yourself the better you’ll feel the rest of your life.
So start right now by eating healthy. Keep an eye on that diet and make sure you’re not overeating. Portion control is a must. Eat fresh foods high in vitamins. Processed foods lose much of their nutritional value, so try and eat fresh whenever possible. A good multivitamin will supplement what you don’t get in your food.
Try and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day. Limit the amount of meat you eat and try and eat fish at least twice per week. Drink at least 8 to 10 average size glasses of water per day. If you can’t down an entire glass of water at once, try sipping on a glass continuously throughout the day. Before you know it, you’ll have consumed those 8 glasses!
For most of us, stress is a regular part of life. A regular exercise program is good for all ages and helps relieve stress. Try and exercise for 30 minutes a day. If you get bored, switch it up – walk one day, then do yoga the next. Throw in a little strength training with hand weights to increase your bone density. You can even swim or do water Zumba. Don’t give up! If you can stick with it for three months, chances are you’ll do it for a lifetime. Don’t forget to exercise your brain! Crossword puzzles, sudoku, brain teasers, even solitaire, are great ways to keep your mind healthy.
Exercising, especially yoga, will help the older person to stay flexible so they don’t get stiff and weak. Exercise also benefits the heart. Exercising helps keep our bodies toned and helps us lose weight, or at least maintain our weight. Light weight training and resistance training helps with bone density which is incredibly important in reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Always consult your doctor before starting an exercise program. This is especially important if you’ve been sedentary for a while.
Depression is almost an epidemic among older Americans. Getting out and giving back helps prevent depression. Get out and socialize. Volunteer. Visit different places, do the things that you have not done, but always wanted to do. Perhaps you can take a trip to Paris or England or even learn to scuba dive. It’s never too late to try something new and have an adventure!
Remember, to feel good you have to stay healthy. In order to do that you have to exercise, eat right and stay as active as you can. Also, remember to visit doctor before starting diets, exercise or taking supplements and vitamins.
Getting older may not be preventable, but how we do it is really up to us! Age Well!