You have probably heard the words “age gracefully” many times, but it’s not always as simple as it sounds. Aging can be hard on individuals for many reasons. Still, there are ways to lessen the effects of the aging process and keep yourself healthy, even as the years roll on.
Turn off the tv and get off of the couch. We all need our vices, but if you are spending every evening on the couch then something is wrong. We have to keep our bodies and brains active as we age and watching tv isn’t doing any of those. Limit your tv watching to just one or two evenings a week and do something active or interesting on your nights off.
Keeping your cholesterol under control is important for aging well. A build up of cholesterol can raise your risk of stroke or heart attack. Eating a diet low in animal fats and high in fiber can help keep your cholesterol level under control by increasing your HDL (good) cholesterol and reducing your LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Be sure to protect your skin from the sun. Getting a bit of sun each day can be very beneficial but be sure to wear sunscreen while you do it. Overexposure can lead to wrinkles and even skin cancer. Taking care of your skin is vital to living a long and healthy youthful life.
Make sure to get sun, but not too much. As you age, it’s important to find a balance when it comes to taking in direct sunlight. It’s important, as sunlight is a great way to get vitamin D into your system, but too much sun can have seriously effects on aging skin like sever burns and skin cancer. Manage your time in the sun, and when you are out in it, wear high SPF sunscreen.
Make sure you focus on ocular health as you age. Some loss of eyesight is inevitable as you grow older, but you can be proactive in preventing damaging eye disease with regular eye exams and screenings.
Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D in your diet. If you’re not, try eating more fish or drinking more milk. If you can’t do either of those, look into supplements. Vitamin D has been shown to slow the aging process and can keep you looking and feeling young much longer. Plus, it has other health benefits as well!
Excess sugar consumption can actually shorten your life. Eating too much sugar can lead to diseases that shorten your life span and affect your appearance. Studies have uncovered the fact that sugars can reduce the lifespan of all animals.
Everyone suffers from a certain amount of stress in their life, but in order to keep the aging process slow and graceful, it’s important to keep stress at bay. A great way to do this is by practicing relaxation techniques. There are a wide variety of techniques available including meditation, yoga and tai chi. Pick the method that you are most comfortable with and be sure to practice it several times a week to slow down the aging process.
There are many things that affect aging besides luck and genes. That said, it’s pretty difficult. Staying healthy takes perseverance and work. Helpful hints like those in this article can make your aging process easier and help you maximize your results.