How To Live Your Best As You Age?

How To Live Your Best As You Age?

What do we mean when we say age gracefully? There are so many headlines over the internet that gives people tips about looking younger! Though most people dread those wrinkles and sagging ageing well has so much more to it. Ageing gracefully doesn’t mean trying hard to look like a 20-something — it’s all about living your best life and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it. Ageing should be like a bottle of wine, the older it gets, the better it gets with the right care. Even with the recent circumstances people who are mentally and physically strong can cope up with the pandemic.

How To Live Your Best As You Age

We are all aware of the current situation as when we see hospitals and cremation grounds in Mumbai and Delhi, even the sight of it is heartbreaking! Therefore, one should be healthy enough to handle such situations.

Here are some tips on what to do and what not to do to age gracefully and happily!

Exercising is important

Medical experts have always stated that regular exercising can lower the risk of diseases such as heart diseases, cancer and many more. Plus, it also helps in retaining your mobility longer. Above all, it also lowers stress and improves sleep, skin and bone health, and mood. It has also been stated that an adult should go for 2.5 to 5 hours per week of moderate-intensity exercise, 1.25 to 2.5 hours per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise, or a combination of the two. One can also opt for walking, swimming, dancing, cycling and any other muscle- and bone-strengthening exercises. One should also opt for activities that include balance training in addition to aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises.

Have a check on your diet 

Healthy foods are really important when it comes to ageing gracefully. One should switch to

Healthy fruits and vegetables, either fresh, frozen, or canned lean protein, such as fish and beans at least three ounces of whole-grain cereals, bread, rice, or pasta every day

three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy, such as milk, yoghurt or cheese that are fortified with vitamin D and let’s not forget healthy fats. With healthy eating, you also need to avoid

solid fats for cooking and use oils instead. Staying away from processed foods, refined sugars, and unhealthy fats is important. Also, you need to minimise the salt intake that will help you to keep the blood pressure down. Drinking plenty of water is important too.

Keep a check on your mental health too

Trust us, being happy is the key to put your stress down which goes a long way in helping you live and age well. You should keep your mood uplifted by spending quality time with your family and friends. Maintain meaningful relationships that bring peace to your life. You can also keep a furry friend that also helps in lowering the stress and blood pressure, reduced loneliness, and better moods. You also need to accept your age and maintain a positive attitude And most importantly, don’t forget to do things that you enjoy!

Decreasing alcohol consumption and quitting smoking 

We are all aware of the fact that cigarettes and alcohol lead to premature ageing and increase the risk of disease. We know quitting smoking is difficult but with some efforts, you can do it! Also, you should limit the intake of alcohol to avoid health risks.

Getting enough sleep

Getting food sleep is important for your mental as well as physical health. Plus, it also does wonders in your skin’s health. An adult should aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Getting enough sleep also in lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke, stress, risk of obesity and depression. Plus, it helps in reducing inflammation and improving focus and concentration.

Take care of your oral hygiene

Oral care is really important! You should be careful about your teeth as not taking care would lead to gum disease, which has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and bacterial pneumonia. So, take really good care and see a dentist regularly.

Last, but not least, take good care of your skin

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it needs care too. Therefore, it needs to treated right so that it can give better protection to your body, regulating your body temperature, and provide sensation. Therefore, always keep it protected with sunscreen and protective clothing while going outside. You should also go for gentle products in your anti-ageing skincare routine. Don’t forget to stay hydrated too.

Just follow them to have a healthy mind and body!

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Kim Jolly