As many of us know, getting older entails more and more health issues. Arthritis, high blood pressure, joint issues, acid reflux, the list goes on and on. Ugh.
There’s got to be some way to keep this stuff away, right? We’ve got some good news. Although not everything is avoidable, there are many lifestyle changes that can be made to avoid many of the chronic issues that come with older age. Below we outline some of the things we think are most important to do to keep healthy.
#1 – Exercise
If you thought exercise was best left for the young, you couldn’t be further from the truth. You may not be competing in the next olympic competitions, but there’s still plenty you can do to keep healthy. Exercising frequently, especially in older age, helps to prevent much of the damaging caused with aging, and will minimize the risks of getting any diseases. Already have one, you say? Doctor-approved exercise will help you survive for a longer time with it, and minimize the negative impact it has on your life. Generally you are going to want to find a balance between what you enjoy and what offers a good workout. Cycling, brisk walking, jogging, tennis, or resistance training are all great options.
#2 – Consider Intermittent Fasting
As an introductory warning, please consult a doctor before considering this advice. Intermittent fasting involves limiting the amount of time you eat each day to a small time window. By going for a more extended period without eating, your body goes through a number of processes that helps fight against cancer and other disease, while offering a positive side effect of potential weight reduction. You also might be surprised by just how much extra energy you have throughout the day!
#3 – Minimize Junk Food
Eating junk food literally causes damage to your body, promoting aging and disease. A good trick for eating healthier is to simply be extra mindful at the grocery store and make sure not to buy any of it. It’s a lot easier to not eat junk food when it isn’t available in front of you at any given time. When you’re forced to snack on carrots instead of donuts, things will change for the positive much faster.
#4 – Take supplements or modify your diet to correct for any deficiencies
It is important to get a blood panel done by the doctor to see where you might have any nutrient deficiencies. You’d be amazed at what you might find out. Maybe you’re Vitamin D deficient and need to incorporate a supplement or Vitamin D rich foods such as salmon into your diet. Or maybe you’ll even find that you have a food intolerance, and eliminating a certain food will get rid of those nasty digestive issues you’d been having.
#5 – Maintain Good Relationships
Maintaining positive, fruitful relationships helps to minimize stress and keep us happy. This goes much further than one might think in increasing lifespan and reducing the problems of aging. Study after study demonstrates the benefits of relationships, so we suggest making sure you don’t skip this one. Reach out to old friends to see how they’re doing. Schedule regular activities with current friends. Your health will thank you for it!
By simply following these five practices you will be well on your way to living a much healthier lifestyle and avoiding or improving chronic disease. Give them a try and we wish you the best of luck! As a final word of reminder, just be sure to consult with your doctor before following any of this advice.