What it Takes to Age Healthily, Gracefully

Aging is an inevitable part of life. Some take it graciously while others have difficulty accepting it. Either way, one thing remains true and that is you're going to grow old.

The good news is that there are so many things you can do to ensure that you age gracefully and healthily. From having a well-balanced diet to getting regular exercise to making sure that you keep yourself happy - you can look forward to your senior years in a positive perspective.

Here are important aspects of healthy aging.

Eating Right
Nutrition becomes all the more important when you age. People who are on their way to senior years or are already there should be very conscious about the food that they consume daily. It is imperative to have a low-sodium, low-fat, low-sugar, and high-fiber diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other healthy foods. Be sure to stock up on protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants as well.

Protein, which is essential for rebuilding of muscles, can be acquired from fish, poultry, meat, and eggs. Carbohydrates, the energy source of the body, can be found in milk, grains, and dairy products. Fiber, which helps regulate toxic elimination in the body, is plenty in whole grains like oatmeal, rice, and pasta. Antioxidants that are found in foods rich in vitamins A, C and E are essential in fighting free radicals from the environment. These elements can cause cellular damage and premature aging. Keeping this kind of diet and at the same time, hydrating your body with plenty of water can reduce the risks of stroke, osteoporosis, heart disease, and other age-related problems.

Staying Active
Many people today don't get the right amount of physical activity that they should. It's not different with older people. Exercise for seniors is important to prevent the onset of certain diseases like cancer, heart ailments, and diabetes, among many others. It also curbs depression and helps a person get into a positive mood. Make it a habit to get out of the couch and head outside for some brisk walking. Take on a sport. Go ballroom dancing with your friends. Bring out your gardening equipment and work on your yard. Take your grandchildren to the playground and run around with them. Ride the bike you haven't ridden in years. This will build your energy, increase your stamina, and ultimately, make you feel younger.

Getting Enough Sleep
Most seniors complain about having difficulties in getting a snooze. Insomnia and other sleep disorders are very common among people over the age of 65. This is because sleep patterns begin to change as we age. The problem in this is that sleep is essential for the body to recuperate and revitalize. To ensure that you get enough eye-shut, establish a sleeping routine and stick to it as much as possible. Also, avoid drinking coffee, alcohol, and other beverages that can hamper your body's ability to sleep soundly.

If you're stressed about something and that is keeping you up the entire night, try soothing yourself with a warm glass of milk, some soft music, aromatherapy candles, and dimmed lights.

Finally, make it an everyday habit to Smile and Be Happy
Having a positive outlook in life can show on your face, and happiness is truly one of the best ways to keep yourself looking young.

 


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