Age is just a number, what really matters is how you feel. Age gracefully and feel like your best self no matter how many birthdays you have celebrated.
Outlook is everything. Your attitude can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, so make it a point to steer your thoughts in a positive direction and watch more good things come to fruition. Your attitude and outlook controls how you deal with stress and your overall resilience in the face of challenges, which can help buoy your health over time. A positive attitude won’t just help you age gracefully, it will also help you enjoy the wealth of wisdom and perspective that comes with age.
Skip Supplements in Favor of Food
Eating a well-balanced diet is critical for maintaining overall health. Getting your vitamins and nutrients from natural food sources instead of supplements is key. While supplements can be helpful, your body absorbs the nutrients much more readily from the actual food sources. As you age, your body’s ability to absorb nutrients decreases, making it all the more critical to boost your intake of nutritious foods, according to experts from Harvard Medical School.
Over time, processed foods, refined grains and excess sugar can cause inflammation in the body and chronic health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and ulcerative colitis. You can counteract these negative effects by adopting an anti-inflammatory diet, rich in fiber, leafy green vegetables and healthy fats.
Stress wreaks havoc on your body, causing long-term health issues like heart disease and diabetes. A high-stress lifestyle can even make you more likely to develop certain types of cancer.
Take control of your stress level and practice mindfulness to help stay focused and in the moment so that you can remain in control of your thoughts to keep them positive instead of falling into a stress spiral. Mindfulness is simply the act of keeping your thoughts focused on the present.
Meditation is also a beneficial habit which can help lower stress and make it easier for you to tackle life’s challenges with a more even-keeled attitude. Guided meditation using an app like Headspace or Calm is a great way to more easily incorporate this practice into your daily life.
A consistent exercise regimen is critical for maintaining overall health so you can enjoy a higher quality of life as you age. As you exercise, your brain releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps prevent anxiety, depression and sleep troubles. Serotonin production naturally decreases as you age, making it all the more critical to get moving and do all you can to encourage your body to produce more of it so you can enjoy its benefits, including regulation of blood pressure, mood, sleep and appetite.
Focus your exercise efforts on low-impact workouts like walking, swimming or even rebounding on a trampoline to avoid the damage that high impact workouts like running can have on your joints. Rebounding in particular is a great option, offering a host of other benefits like improved digestion, immunity and bone density.
While it’s important that you stay active, you also want to make sure you don’t overdo it or push yourself too far. Be mindful of your body and how you’re feeling. If you exercise alone and are concerned about experiencing any health issues while you’re staying active, consider bringing a medical alert device with you on your outings. A mobile medical alert system will allow you to contact certified agents in the event of an emergency. A fall detection service is also available, which automatically calls for help when a fall is detected. Wearing this portable electronic device when you participate in physical activity will give you the peace of mind you need to enjoy your workout.
While you may not be able to control everything as you age, you can take comfort in being able to harness your power by making healthy lifestyle choices. You may be surprised how easy it can be to adopt these habits once you commit to making a positive change in how you think about aging. It’s all about developing new healthy habits.