We all realize from the time we’re able to think rationally that proper diet and exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle. But when you’re older, there is a lot more that you need to focus on. Check out these tips on aging in the article below and see what you may be neglecting.
Add vitamin D supplements to your diet to possibly helping slow aging. There is not a consensus yet on the research that shows it’s affect. However, vitamin D has other benefits like helping our immune systems, helping the absorption of calcium and others that you might as well add it in even if the jury is still out on the aging affects.
Keep your body fit and functioning at its peak, even while growing older. Exercising is not just for weight loss, it is also incredibly important for keeping your body young and working at its optimum level. Cardio exercise is extremely important for your heart health, so keep your body moving to keep the years away.
Watch your caloric intake in order to slow down your aging. Overeating and obesity are linked with more health problems than can be listed here. Talk with your doctor about how many calories you should be taking in at your age, weight and fitness level and then stick to it.
Depression is a “hidden” risk for developing osteoporosis. Cortisol is a stress-related hormone related to depression that depletes the bones of minerals. Studies have shown that women with depression have lower bone density in their spines and hips. So, if you’re feeling down, see your doctor to find out if you have depression.
Stay active during the aging process. Staying active helps your body, mind, and soul. It will help you to age gracefully. Many studies also show that remaining active can have a positive effect on your mental capacity, and may help to keep diseases like Alzheimer’s at bay. Try to include activity as part of your daily routine.
Just because you are aging doesn’t mean you should just sit back and take it easy. To maintain good health, you need to continue to be as active as you possibly can. Sure, you may not be able to go out and race in a marathon, but you still can incorporate some activity into you daily activities. It is suggested that you include at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Maybe you could take a 15-minute walk twice a day. Dust off that old bike and take a ride around the neighborhood.
Try moving around more and sitting still less. Especially if you’re retired and aren’t moving around for work any more. Try taking up a hobby that involves moving around – golf is a particularly good once since it’s not a high impact sport but it keeps you moving. Studies have shown that getting up and moving can help you keep your blood pressure levels in normal ranges and lower your risk for heart problems.
You undoubtedly see now that there’s a lot more you should be focusing on than the same things you focused on at 20 years old. Getting older is an entirely new ballgame. Make sure you’re using these tips to fight against the aging process. You can’t beat it, but you can hang in there for a few good rounds.