Staying Healthy as You Age
As we age, humans tend to let our health either fall by the wayside or fall into the hands of others. This means not just physical, but mental health as well. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep the mind and body active and engaged as we age, leading to a longer, healthier life.
Keeping your body active and strong is a struggle for people of all ages. Making sure you exercise in some form for at least 30 minutes per day is the best way to make sure your body stays as sharp as your mind. Making an effort to take a walk every day and get some fresh air will greatly improve your physical health. What’s even better than walking outside? Walking with a friend! This is a great way to stay motivated whether you’re walking around the neighborhood, or just around the yard. It’s always best to start slow when it comes to your exercise routine. Strenuous activity right off the bat can lead to more harm than good. Always check with your doctor or healthcare provider before starting any kind of new exercise routine.
Another aspect of physical health is making sure your input is as great as your output. Fiber-heavy diets will help keep your digestion moving so you don’t feel bloated or sick after mealtime. This means lots of whole grains, green, leafy vegetables, and plenty of fruit. Another, often overlooked aspect of food health is water. The best way to stay feeling great throughout the day is to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Taking a healthy snack with you when your out, whether it be a bag of almonds or a small apple, is a great way to keep your metabolism moving and curb hunger throughout the day so you don’t overeat and feel sick at night.
Sleep is the last most important facet of good physical health. Going to bed when you feel tired instead of fighting sleep is an important part of keeping your mind sharp. The best way to get to bed at a decent time? Get some physical activity in during the day. Keeping yourself on a proper sleep schedule can greatly improve your health and happiness during the waking hours.
Making sure your brain stays active is just as important as your body as you age. Unfortunately, watching TV won’t stimulate you as much as you think it does. However, crossword puzzles, kitting, and other hands-on activities are great ways to keep your mind sharp.
If you want to up the ante a bit, move from a puzzle in the newspaper to an app on your smartphone! Plenty of online brain games and apps for computers and smartphones are designed to keep your mind sharp, improve memory, and track your progress in all aspects of brain health. Or, make it a competition. See who can finish a puzzle the fastest. You’d be surprised how much more fun tasks are when you’re with friends.
Lastly, variety is the spice of life. One of the best things your can do to improve your mental health is simply changing up your routine. That walk around the neighborhood? Take a new route. Make a different, exotic dish for dinner. Pick something small every day to do a little differently. You’d be surprised how easy it is to change your routine in a small way to have a big impact on your mental health.
Following these tips over time can impact your health or the health of ones you love. By staying physically active and training your brain through small actions every day, the quality and span of your life can change drastically for the better. Remember, the best way to stay healthy is to take matters into your own hands.