5 secrets to staying healthy as you get older
Aging is one of the most natural processes in life. We don‘t have the ability to stop aging, but we can definitely control how we age and reduce the symptoms. We asked various professionals and doctors for the best tips to reduce the symptoms of aging.
Here is what they said:
1) Keep To The Activities That You Love
Staying active in your social circles, enjoying your hobbies and being happy are one of the best ways to keep your physical and mental health on top.
Researchers at the University of Chicago for Urban Sociology in cooperation with scientists in the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP), proved that endorphin and dopamin, the two hormones of happiness, reduce all major symptoms of aging.
Therefore you should do your best to be happy and enjoy life.
2) Keep To Your Social Circles
According to the scientist, Dr. Aida Giachello, who is a researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago, social circles reduce stress and support your immune system. Spending time with your children, grandchildren, friends or just with strangers helps to fight depression, loneliness and keeps your mind sharp.
Various other studies have proved that social networking helps to combat aging related diseases like alzheimer‘s. It‘s not always easy to maintain contact with old friends, especially when you are physically limitated, but thanks to smartphones and internet, it‘s easier to stay in touch than ever.
3) Do Something For Other People Or Your Community
A new trend emerges. More and more retirees use their new free time to volunteer in their communities. And for good reason!
The best selling authors and professors Leslie Martin and Howard Friedman proved that helping other people and making them smile increases our lifetime and reduces the symptoms of aging.
Find an opportunity to volunteer is pretty easy. Local NGOs and community gatherings are always looking for people. You will never find a NGO that doesn‘t need more volunteers. Just check the news for ads.
I guarantee you that you will find half a dozen in no time!
4) Keep Your Body Moving
You shouldn‘t be surprised that exercise is one of the best ways to keep you healthy and young. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 3 hours of exercise every week.
You don‘t need to go to a gym or perform some special routines. There are many exercises and sports that are health beneficial, but yet safe. Yoga is one of them.
You don‘t even have to leave your house to perform the exercises. You can learn yoga online, you just need a pad and you can start!
5) Keep Your Meal Healthy
This one is pretty obvious. I am sure I don‘t have to show you any studies about nutrition and health. It‘s common knowledge that a vital nutrition helps to reduce ALL symptoms of aging.
It‘s not hard to eat healthy. You don‘t have to change your whole life, just remember to eat 5 portions of vegetables and fruits every day.