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Jan 30 2018

Practicing Healthy Aging

Post by: Conor Denton

While making your New Year resolutions, finding out what is healthy aging is essential to living a long, active life. Do you often start off every year with a “bang” but tucker out or lose enthusiasm after a few months? There are simple things that older adults can do every day that don’t take a lot of time, energy or effort. Want to know what they are? Keep reading to learn healthy aging tips for 2018 that will keep you vibrant, strong, and active.

Two seniors smiling and riding bikes.How to practice healthy aging

Be Active. Don’t compare yourself to what others are doing to stay fit or make unrealistic expectations, but do get moving! Every year there seems to be a new fitness trend or gimmick that promises quick results for a hefty price tag. However, the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) and other reliable health and nutrition sources consistently inform Americans that the best way to lose weight and improve heart health is both tried and true. Engage in low-impact, aerobic exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week.

Sounds simple right? Find a type of exercise that you love, and do it for a half hour on a regular basis.

Eat Healthy Foods

Seems easy enough, but which foods are actually healthy? With so much information out there claiming to be the ultimate guide to health and weight-loss, who (or what) should you believe? Low carb, low fat, gluten-free, plant-based, and dozens of other diet-plans all claim to be the ideal and optimal method for achieving optimal nutrition.

An important factor to help you decipher your way through the seemingly endless supply of nutrition advice– if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. Diets that claim you’ll have abundant energy if you only eat certain foods by adhering to a strict diet of only grapefruit, salads, juice (or anything else) is not a realistic way to lose weight, or feel healthy.

Stick to what you know

Eat more fiber, increase your fruit and vegetable intake, eat less red meat, eliminate sodas, processed foods, and “junk,” and enjoy an occasional treat to avoid deprivation.

Make new friends and maintain the ones you have

Professionals in the psychology and mental health field will all tell you the same thing about relationships: you need them! Are you meeting your friends once a week for a book club, social hour, or art class? You should be!

If you live alone, it’s essential that you connect with others daily, whether it be calling a neighbor to check in, volunteering at a local animal shelter, or simply engaging in small talk with your barista at the local coffee shop. If you live in senior living communities, you have the added benefit of sharing a commonplace with other residents that you can get to know and spend time with.

Research shows that too much time alone leads to depression, isolation, anxiety, and a sedentary lifestyle. Get out there, and be connected!

Reduce stress

While it may seem like a no-brainer, most people spend substantial time preoccupied about the future, worried about loved ones, concerned about health issues and scared to death about all the things that “might happen” in their lives.

While short-term stress is beneficial to brain cell development and improved mental performance; long-term stress destroys existing brain cells, causes memory loss, increases fatigue, and impedes on your body’s ability to fight infections.

Reflection

Reflect on the things causing uneasiness in your life right now. Are there factors out of your control, like your daughter-in-law’s opinion of you, or the outcome of an outpatient procedure next week?

Make a list of the things contributing to your high-stress levels, and mark the items beyond your control. Then, begin to prioritize your inventory according to the most critical points that warrant your immediate attention, and draw a line through everything else.

Give yourself permission to think about the remaining stressors for one minute. When sixty seconds is up, draw a line through the worry or trouble, and repeat this practice until you’ve thought about every stressor for one minute, and subsequently crossed each one of your lists.

If troublesome thoughts creep back into your mind, remind yourself that you spent your allotted time for the day worrying. With practice, you’ll trick your mind into agonizing less about factors outside of your control.

What activities are you involved in to stay healthy in 2018? Follow these simple guidelines to age optimally, stay healthy and live your best life.

Are you trying to help your loved one feel active during their retirement years. It’s important to find out what is healthy aging to live a long and active life. At Landmark Senior Living, we provide affordable living to remain healthy during your golden years. 

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