Lifestyle Strategies for Aging Well
Lifestyle strategies implemented earlier in one’s life can have a significant impact on how we grow in our senior years. Following are key tips for aging well and living fully.
Key Tips for Aging Well:
- Eat well: Numerous studies indicate that a healthy diet can help you live longer and better. Eat foods that have lots of essential nutrients in proportion to their calories — whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits and legumes.
- Be physically active: Aim for 30 minutes or more of exercise most days of the week. Benefits include weight control, improved blood circulation, increased muscle mass, greater flexibility, more endurance, increased energy, and improved balance.
- Use sun protection: Sun exposure is responsible for much of the skin damage associated with aging and is the major risk factor for skin cancer.
- Limit alcohol: More than one drink a day for women can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases, some cancers and liver and pancreatic diseases. Alcohol can weaken your immune system, affect your cognitive abilities and increase your risk of falling.
- Avoid tobacco use: Smoking is linked to various cancers, as well as to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and lung disease.
- Get regular medical exams and preventive health screenings: Many diseases that can affect your health are highly treatable when detected early.
- Stay socially connected: Having strong ties to family and friends can buffer or reduce some health-related effects of aging and stress.
- Exercise your mind: Exercising your brain with classes, hobbies, reading and other mind-challenging activities can help ou better maintain your memory.