Sadly, there is no fountain of youth. Aging is inevitable, but there are many things seniors can do to slow down their aging process and make it more enjoyable. Here are some quick and easy tips that may help slow down Father Time just a bit.
Move Your Body
Moving your body is one of the most important and effective ways to decrease the signs of aging. It is recommended that seniors get 150 minutes of exercise a week, which is equivalent to 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Exercise can include a brisk walk, jogging, or hiking. It’s recommended to chat with your doctor about options that work best for you. It’s also important to limit your sitting and make sure you get adequate standing time. Doing so can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Be Mindful of Your Diet
Consuming a diet of mostly healthy options can prolong your life. Opt for fresh fruits over highly processed foods and healthier oils such as olive oil over vegetable and canola oil. These small and easy changes can greatly reduce the amount of inflammation in your body and help you age beautifully. Limiting alcohol assumption is also recommended.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
In a recent blog post, we shared 7 easy ways for you to get a good night’s sleep. It is recommended that adults get 7-8 hours of rest a night. Sleeping helps our bodies recharge and recoup from the prior day.
Stimulate Your Mind
Stimulating your mind is a great way to reduce the signs of aging. There are many options that can keep your mind engaged, so experiment to find the ones most enjoyable to you. Consider reading, doing a puzzle or word search, knitting, learning a new hobby, or playing mind-stimulating games online.
Humans are social beings and staying social and active can help you slow down the process of aging. Social interaction is great for your health and mood. Check with your local community about senior gatherings, attend a Senior Learning Institue® seminar, play bingo, or have a lunch date with a friend or family member… the options are endless!
Aging might be inevitable, but incorporating these tips into your daily routine can help you slow down the impact on your mind, body, and quality of daily life. For more age-related information visit our LIBRARY PAGE.