We all age and there is nothing that we can do to prevent it. Some people age gracefully and some do not. Get the most out of your senior years with the following advice.
One of the most important things to remember when aging is to not focus on any numbers. It is easy to drive yourself to distraction focusing on all your numbers: your age, your height and your weight. Don’t dwell on those numbers, and instead focus your time and energy to doing fun things that you really enjoy.
Healthy relationships are crucial in helping you stay healthy as you age. Being involved with the community can create a healthier, longer life. To reap the full benefits of your social relationships, concentrate on cultivating intimate qualities like trust, honesty and gratitude.
Keep your brain active by learning. The old are the wisest and you should continue your path to intelligence. Keep your mind active by doing puzzles or learning new skills and information.
To be healthy and age well, keep learning. Learning is a lifelong pursuit and should never be abandoned.
Know how much sleep is required for people in your age group, and make sure to get it. Getting seven to nine hours of sleep each night will help you keep a healthy hormone balance, and keep you feeling more relaxed. Failing to get sufficient sleep is likely to result in grouchiness and lack of fulfillment in ordinarily satisfying activities.
Wherever you are, bring your happiness with you. When you make other people happy, you usually tend to make yourself happy without even meaning to. Happiness is free and you can make as much as you want, so it is a truly meaningful gift.
New friends bring a freshness to life that will keep you vital and motivate you to try new things. You should make new friendships throughout you life. Make new friends today and live a longer, happier life.
When people get older, it’s important to take control of your hormonal balance. A hormone imbalance can cause insomnia, weight gain and even depression. These things are hard enough to deal with in general, but when added to the burden’s an aging person already faces, sometimes it can be almost too much to handle. Consult with a physician to learn how to manage your hormone levels as you get older; this will ensure that your golden years stay golden.
Be careful and avoid falling down. Falling down is the main source of serious fractures and other injuries leading to death among senior citizens. Taking a 30 minute walk three times per week improves your ability to balance and improves overall fitness. Keep your bones strong by lifting weights and getting enough of calcium and Vitamin D. This will reduce your chances of getting a fracture.
One of the best things you can do for your body is to have your blood pressure checked often. It is possible to have high blood pressure and not know it. It is sometimes known as “the silent killer” due to the lack of symptoms experienced by many people before an attack. With age, your body’s systems do not work as efficiently, because of this, it is vital that you monitor your blood pressure. By knowing what is going on with your body, if there happens to be a problem, it can be immediately addressed.
If you want to look good, it is wise to quit smoking. Smoking causes wrinkles and can also make your lips thinner, which detracts from your appearance. Smoking is an unhealthy habit that can take a toll on your health, which will accelerate your aging process.
See your physician regularly and follow through with any tests he requests. Regular checkups will help you catch any problems right away so that you can deal with them promptly. The sooner you know about a problem, the sooner you can solve it.
Learn how to love to laugh. Happiness is vital to aging as laughing can help you feel and look younger. Try watching comedies, going to parties or getting a pet. So no matter what, laugh often and keep your mind filled with happiness.
Eventually, you may find you can’t live by yourself anymore. Discuss your options with your loved ones. Look into retirement homes if you cannot live with a relative. In the event that you can still live alone, but would like to be around other people your age, there are often communities set up for this, too.
Consume as many anti-oxidants as you can every day. Specialists recommend this because the unfortunate appearance of disease-causing free radicals will greatly diminish. Darker fruits and veggies have more antioxidants; choose squash, beets, berries, and spinach.
The more you know about aging and how it affects your body, the better prepared you will be to feel young for as long as possible. Best of luck and remember, you’re only as young as you feel!
by Alec BHX/KKC