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As seniors, there are habits we can form that will serve our best interests by taking care of our minds and bodies as we grow older. By taking care of ourselves, we can slow the aging process and stay fit and alert well into our senior years.
The major components that contribute to optimum health are diet, avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, and keeping our brains active. When we pay attention to these key health elements, we can help ourselves stay young...or at least think, act and feel young, even as we journey through the calendar years.
2. Exercise and strength training. Exercise helps to stop our bodies from breaking down. Not only will we feel better, but we'll also get a lot healthier at the same time! Exercise provides:
3. Stay alert and sharp. We can keep our brains sharp by being constantly aware of our surroundings. This sounds rather simple, but how often do we let loose and daydream, instead of focusing on the present? When we stay alert, we’re fully present in the moment and we’re better able to make quick and accurate decisions.
4. Learn new things. When we get stuck in a rut, our brain suffers a lack of stimulation. We can easily avoid this by keeping our brain active through constant learning and reading.
A simple tip is to vary our routines and strive to learn something new each day.
5. Challenge ourselves. It always helps to use the problem-solving portions of our brain. If we don't, the skills will fade over time.
Games and puzzles are excellent for keeping our brains active.
6. Avoid stressing about health issues. We see statistics everywhere about certain health conditions that are more likely to affect us as we age. While it's important to be pre-screened for these conditions by a physician, worrying and stressing won't change the future - but it sure will reduce your quality of life today!
7. Get an adequate amount of sleep. Getting enough sleep at night is very important for maintaining good health. Six to eight hours every night is the number we should be working toward. Our body and mind need that time to recoup, and we may be more susceptible to stress or disease without it.
8. Avoid smoking and alcohol. Smoking is a guaranteed way of risking our health, plus it ages our skin and the rest of our body. The harsh reality is that we are shortening our lifespan if we choose to smoke. It's best to drop this habit immediately. When it comes to alcohol, small amounts here and there may not cause much harm, but drinking can be a slippery slope into disease if we abuse it.
9. Concentrate on skincare. When we take care of our skin, we can maintain a healthy, younger look. Establish a daily skincare routine and try beneficial anti-aging gels and creams.
10. Reduce fats and sugar in our diet. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps our health and keeps our calorie intake at a manageable level. However, it also helps to eat a reduced amount of fats and sugar. Carbohydrates are necessary for our nutrition, but in excess, they contribute to increasing our insulin levels and speeding up the aging process.
If we take advantage of these strategies every day, we'll notice a big difference in the way we look and feel. Getting older doesn't have to be synonymous with deterioration. Take care of our body and mind and they'll serve us well into our golden years!
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