If you are lucky, you'll grow old. Even luckier, and you may grow old gracefully. Tip your chances toward the latter by trying these seven easy steps to beat the effects of aging.
1. Increase Exercise
Exercise is good for you no matter what your age. And, new research shows that maintaining an active lifestyle can help slow or stop some of the most common effects of aging. There are lots of ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Take a walk around town or the mall, plant and tend a garden, or join a local exercise class. Check with gyms, community centers, and senior programs to find something that is appropriate for your physical condition. You may want to check with your medical provider before you start exercising if you have been pretty sedentary up until now.
2. Breathe Deeply
Slowing down and taking a deep breath can produce a slew of health benefits. One of those is reducing stress, which can contribute to a number of health conditions that are often associated with aging. It can also help cellular regeneration, which may help contribute to younger-looking skin.
3. Eat A Balanced Diet
Eating a balanced diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables can benefit your health and may help slow signs of aging. Eating right can help you maintain a healthy body weight, which is directly linked with lower rates of chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
Try to incorporate a wide range of colors, textures, and flavors into your choices. Foods with bright colors are often packed with healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants, while lean meats, fish, and whole grains pack age-fighting compounds like CoQ10. If you can, avoid processed and prepackaged foods to boost nutritional content.
4. Try Tai Chi
If you are concerned about elevated blood pressure or an increased risk of falling as you age, you may want to try a Tai Chi class. Many aging professionals have begun to realize the benefits of this ancient Chinese exercise. The movements are slow, rhythmic, and very gentle, so you can practice no matter what condition you are in physically. Look for a program that is specifically designed to help with signs of aging, like those in the Tai Chi for Health program.
5. Practice Yoga
While exercise, in general, is great for reducing the effects of aging, yoga has its own unique set of benefits. It may boost your immune system, help combat insomnia, and ease symptoms of pain. If you aren't ready to attempt a full class, you might want to try some basic poses designed to increase flexibility and turn back the clock to get started.
6. Spend Time With Friends
Spending quality time with friends can reinforce emotional well-being and keep you from feeling isolated and lonely as you age. Isolation can quickly lead to serious health consequences like depression and a decreased quality of life. If you are new to an area and haven't built up relationships, simply find activities in your community that you enjoy and you are bound to meet some new friends that can help you stay active, engaged, and young at heart.
7. Learn Something New
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Learning and practicing new skills cultivates previously unused neural pathways and may help combat signs of cognitive decline that are associated with aging. So, stay sharper longer by feeding your curiosity and seeking new experiences. Many community colleges and recreation centers have enrichment programs that can provide free or inexpensive classes. Or, just curl up with a word puzzle book on a rainy afternoon to help keep your mind sharp.
Normal aging is a process that can result in changes to your cardiovascular system, bones, skin, and cognitive abilities. Those changes don't have to be profound, however. These strategies can help you combat some of the most common effects of aging by helping you maintain your health and vitality.
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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, and growing young. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym. She loves hearing from readers so feel free to contact her through Facebook.
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