As we get older, our decisions begin to have larger and larger effects on the way we age. Making healthy choices a top priority is a premium strategy for maintaining a healthy mind and body. This not only helps us live longer, it also enhances our quality of life.
According to a Pfizer survey on aging, a surprising number of adults felt that aging turned out to be better than they’d initially anticipated. Seniors in good health seemed quite content about growing older. In contrast, those with health problems were less cheerful when asked for their thoughts on aging.
It’s never too soon to start making healthy choices. As 2013 approaches, so does the opportunity to make several resolutions to enhance the coming year. Why not get an early start? Here are a few suggestions on ways you can reboot your mind and body:
No matter how old you are, your body will begin to repair itself the instant you commit to quitting smoking. A year of tobacco abstinence reduces your risk of heart disease by nearly 50%. After five years, an ex-smoker’s risk of stroke decreases to that of a non-smoker.
Care for your heart
Strive to do at least 30 minutes of cardio exercises per day. Be sure to choose activities you enjoy – this will increase your chances of making them part of your healthy routine. Biking, swimming, running and walking are all excellent ways to maintain premium heart health!
Maintain bone density
Our bones need exercise, too. Strength training helps improve bone density, which reduces your risk of broken bones and osteoporosis. Twice a week, dedicate twenty minutes of your time to strength training.
Bones can weaken due to nutritional deficiencies, so remember to consume plenty of fruits, veggies, and dairy products. Check with your Doctor about supplements which may work best for your specific needs.
Keep your brain active and healthy
Studies are showing that keeping the brain active may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Reading, writing, and doing memory games are all great brain training exercises. Try using your non-dominant hand to do everyday activities.
Regular interaction with friends seems to lower your risk of developing dementia. Get together with your favorite people for a coffee or tea. Sit down with your caregiver, and load up your social calendar with get-togethers and outings. You could even plan a road trip to go and see some old friends.