Modern people have the chance to living longer and aging healthier, thanks to medical advances. But if you were over 40, you may be one of those who can actually live to the fullest with healthy mind, body and spirit, something possible with the best ways to aging healthly and those you will find below.
#1 Engage in an active lifestyle
Being over 40 or maybe 50, you may want to live an active life to stay fit and independent to do what you want, whenever. To start off, perform regular exercise to lower the risk of suffering from chronic conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, heart attack and arthritis. So if you were not the type who goes to the gym on a regular basis, you can take Zumba classes, enroll in yoga, go for a walk or ride a bike or do just about any physical activity close to your heart instead. Do it on a consistent, regular basis.
#2 Eat the right food
A large number of adults in the US, according to experts, consume twice the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of sodium in pre-packaged and restaurant food, which may result in higher risk of cardiovascular disease and hypertension. What to eat instead are fruits, whole-grains and vegetables and skip salty, sweet and processed food.
#3 Practice brain training
You might suffer from mental decline as you get old—and one problem is Alzheimer’s disease. According to data, one in eight people age 65+ in the US suffer from mental decline, a normal part of aging, but studies say, adults engaging in brain training activities can slow down or reverse its effects. Do not stop from learning and challenging your brain by learning a new language, solving crosswords, playing musical instruments, reading a book, taking dance lessons or attending lectures at a local university.
#4 Improve social relationships
One of the strongest risk factor for depression and loneliness is living alone (*28 percent of older US adults)—isolated from the rest. Health issues, retirement or loss of spouse also becomes the problem in adulthood, leading to social isolation. To age healthily (living alone or not), cultivate your relationships and keep communication with friends and family, especially when you suffered from a significant life change or loss. You can schedule regular time to meet loved ones on a weekend, over coffee or around a shared interest.
#5 Have enough of sleep
You need as much sleep as younger people, anywhere between seven and nine hours each night because lack of sleep can lead to memory problems, increased fall risk, depression and irritability. You can start developing regular bedtime schedule and stick with it and make sure your room is dark and distraction-and-noise-free. You should also refrain from browsing the net while in bed and drinking coffee in the late hours of the day.
While you obviously cannot stay away from stressful moments and situations, you can practice and learn techniques to coping with stress. Some practices include exercising, getting enough sleep and consuming only healthy food especially when stressed. You can also talk with a loved one, try to accept things you cannot control and practice relaxation techniques (meditation, deep breathing and yoga).