We can’t stop the clock, but maybe we can slow it down a bit. Plenty of healthy and active seniors, and even more and more doctors, are spreading the word that lifestyle choices can help seniors live longer and more productive lives while aging gracefully. If you don’t believe me, ask Diana Nyad. At the age of 64, she swam between Florida and Cuba, and she was the first human being to do it without the aid of a shark cage. Ms. Nyad doesn’t seem to be sinking into old age without a fight, and maybe you should not either.
Basic anti-aging steps might include:
- A healthy diet
- Plenty of sleep
- Avoid vices
Certainly, long distance swimmers like Diana Nyad get a lot of exercise. However, you don’t have to live the life of a professional athlete in order to begin a reasonable exercise routine that can extend your life and keep you fit. Even a 20 minute walk every day can help you enjoy many health benefits. Besides improvements to your muscle tone and blood pressure, that walk might also help you improve your mood. Remember, attitude is everything.
If you suffer from mobility issues, so that even a walk is difficult, you might consider some other alternatives. You can find videos of good exercises that can be done from a chair. Lifting a light set of weights several times a day can also improve your muscle tone and blood circulation.
Diet runs a close second to exercise in its importance for extending life and keeping aging bodies healthier. The important thing is to come up with a reasonable diet plan that you can actually stick to. This does not mean that you have to give up your favorite treats, but it might mean that you should try to include more fresh produce, whole grains, and healthy fats in your diet. In fact, if you make certain that you enjoy tasty meals that are full of healthy food, you will probably find that you are not as tempted to turn to the wrong kind of food as much. Dieting does not have to be about eating less, but it should be about eating more of the right things.
The United States seems to be having a silent crisis, and that is the crisis of sleep deprivation. Most people know that a lack of sleep can make their brains foggy and put them in a bad mood. But did you know that the long-term effects of sleep deprivation can actually cause physical problems. It might seem counter-intuitive, but slim people actually tend to get more sleep than overweight people. There might be a lot of reasons for this, but the lesson to take away should be that spending plenty of time with the sand man is important for your overall health.
You know you should stop smoking, but there is no doubt that this is one bad habit that is really tough to break. If you suffer from a nicotine addiction, you might visit your doctor. New medications have proven very successful. If you can’t stop, maybe you can just cut down. Even reducing a 2-pack habit to a 1-pack habit can help extend your life and youthful vigor. You might try using nicotine gum and other over-the-counter aids to help you reduce your cigarette consumption.
Do Anti-Aging Steps Really Help?
An active lifestyle, healthy diet, restful sleep, and abstention from vices really can help you live longer. There is no doubt that some people are more prone to medical issues that tend to crop up in old age. However, even people who might be prone to diabetes, high blood pressure, and other ills will still be better off if they take care of themselves.