Time marches forward and will never work in reverse for anyone. Like it or not, aging is a natural part of living and something that we all must get used to if we’re to be lucky enough to lead a full and long life. To better handle what comes with aging, here are some great tips you can use. Challenging yourself mentally has been shown to keep your brain younger. Audit some classes at the local college or just start up a book club with your friends. Keep your brain active and engaged!
Tips to consider:
- 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.
- Reduce your calorie intake. Scientific studies show that what and how much you eat may affect the years and quality of your life. Specifically, animal research indicates that restricting calories up to 40 percent fewer than normal have a beneficial effect on the markers of aging and disease. Keep in mind that not every species has shown this improvement and studies on humans, and other primates are still ongoing.
- When thinking about your aging process, if you are moved to be emotional, be emotional and then let it go. Don’t mull over it. Aging can be tough, and tears will happen. Make a big effort to just move on to the next thing in your amazing life. This will help keep you positive and motivated.
- Exercising is especially important as you age. Your body will need more exercise to stay strong as you become older. Try to do a half hour walk, five days a week. Round out the week with two days of doing strength exercises. This will help you stay fit, which will keep you young and lively.
- Enjoy your life to the fullest. By setting milestones, as you set for your children years ago, you can start feeling the way you did years ago.
- Make sure you’re only drinking alcohol in moderation. For those under 65, this means you shouldn’t drink more than two glasses a day. If you’re over 65, this means you shouldn’t drink more than one glass a day. If you’re going to drink alcohol try drinking wine instead since it’s shown to benefit health in small doses, unlike beer or hard liqueur.
- When caring for an aged family member who has Alzheimer’s disease, it can become spiritually, financially and emotionally challenging. As a primary caregiver, you need to try to keep yourself from feeling totally depleted. To combat the feelings of depression, stress and exhaustion, while caring for your loved one, it is important to get proper exercise, nutrition, and also carve personal time away from the situation, by getting others to help in the caring process.
- A great way to keep looking young is to take care of your teeth and keep them white. White teeth are a key to your face and smile looking young. Cut back on the coffee and red wine which will stain the enamel of the teeth, and use some teeth whitening products to help improve their color.
- Be independent. It might be easier to start to let others do things for you, but to stay vibrant, maintain your sense of independence and your ability to do things for yourself as you get older. Not only will it keep you busy, but you stay strong as you do things for yourself.
Drink a lot of water. Drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day is important for everyone, but it is doubly important as you age, when your body more easily dehydrates. No one really knows how to age. It’s something that we will learn as we go. However, using tips like the ones you’ve just read in the article above, you can make the aging process as simple as possible by knowing what to expect and how to handle problems as they arise.