Your knees have become creaky. You huff and puff climbing the stairs. How could this have happened? Facing the changes as we age is a challenge. We want to stay healthy and active. Here are some tips that will help you to make your senior years some of the best of your life.
If you are worried about aging then try to do things that will make you feel young again. Go to the mini golf course, or play a few games at the arcade. By doing those things which make you feel young you can actually help slow down the process of growing older.
Increasing your social activities can improve your lifestyle as you get older. Being part of a group can help you to keep learning and experiencing new things. Join a seniors group, a craft class, or a cooking class. Keeping busy will give you no time to feel older!
Did you know that high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes are risk factors for dementia? These risks become more severe due to smoking, lack of exercise and high cholesterol. As we age, it becomes increasingly important to control these disorders in order to maintain good mental health as growing older progresses.
Let guilt go. A long life is sure to have things that you may feel guilty about. Do not let this guilt run your life. Make amends or forgive yourself and forget. In many cases there is no way to undo the things that have been done, and all that we can do is make the most of the time we have left.
Quitting smoking is one of the most important health tips at any age but as you get older, you are going to hear it more and more from doctors and friends. Smoking does not only lead to cancer, but it will also accelerate the growing older process of your face. You will develop more lines around the eyes and mouth.
When you get older, it is important to know who you are and what you like. When you focus on what you like, and keep things around you positive, you accent the good things you have going in your life, and will not allow any negative emotions or situations to bring you down.
Stop multitasking! Your mind cannot function the way that it once did. You will find it easier and far less stressful if you do not try to accomplish as many things at once. Avoiding stress is important as you get older to avoid doing damage to your heart and your body.
Maintain your muscle mass by getting exercise on a regular basis. Use a pedometer and make sure that you are taking at least 5,000 to 10,000 steps each day. If you maintain your muscle mass, you are sure to avoid some of the terrible falls that you would otherwise incur.
Keep up with the golden rule to treat others as you would like them to treat you. Even though many people think that many of the elderly are mean and grumpy, you do not have to be that way. Treat others with the respect and sensitivity that you would like them to treat you and you are sure to get the same in return.
It is good to grow old. Your long life is an achievement. Our commercial culture pushes us toward denial of old age. We are told we should dye our hair, try to look young. But a healthy head of white hair can be worn with pride. You worked long and hard to attain this point in your life!
Don’t overeat! Overeating is one of the most common factors in shortening your life span. You don’t want to starve yourself, but you should be conscious of the amount of calories you’re taking in each day. Check with your doctor and find out the amount of calories you should be taking in based on your age, gender, and body type, and try to stick to that number.
These tips give you a place to start. Now it is up to you to apply them. Choose the ones that suit you best and follow through with the exercise and care that will keep you healthy. Explore things you have always been interested in but didn’t have time to master. Your later years give you the great gift of time.