There’s no getting around it; we’re all geting older every day. We live longer lives now, and we’re very interested in living well in our senior years. So, how do you keep your health and well-being as you age? Here are five ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle well into the golden years.
This one is pretty much a no-brainer; eating right is something we should start as children, and keep up with for the remainder of our lives.
This isn’t saying you can never eat sweets, or have comfort foods. It’s saying you should maintain a diet made up of fresh foods you cook yourself, and when you eat out, choose a restaurant where the chef subscribes to the local food concept. It is possible to make sweets that won’t hurl you into obesity or diabetes. It is possible to make comfort foods that won’t give you a heart attack as well, but you need to balance your intake of these treats with consumption of healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, good carbs like wholewheat bread, brown rice and wholewheat pasta, and dairy products, especially those made from raw milk.
his one also falls into the “Duh!” category. Exercise is a life-long habit we should all practice. A walk around your neighborhood three times a week is just as good as working out in the gym, as long as you do it consistently. Exercise keeps your blood pressure at a normal level, helps maintain a healthy weight, reduces stress, and keeps your muscles supple and flexible. Hard to see a down side with this one; however, there are medical conditions making exercise difficult .It’s hard to keep up a program if you’re in pain, but you need to make the effort. Swimming is often a great alternative if weight bearing exercise is just too hard.
This may sound strange, but volunteering your services to the needy helps avoid depression and feelings of isolation. We all need to feel vital and wanted, and this is a good way to go about it. You’re helping someone who needs it, and they’re giving you positive emotional feedback. It’s a win-win situation.
We’re not talking about exercise programs here; we’re talking about maintaining relationships with friends and family, and getting out and doing things with those you care about. Staying at home by yourself is depressing, and it’s a self-fulfilling condition: the more you stay at home, the more depressed you’ll become, and the more you’ll want to stay at home and hide. Go to the movies. Meet friends for dinner. Have a picnic with your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, or cousins. Walk your dog in the park – it’s really helpful to have a pet. Simply enjoy life.
See Your Healthcare Professional on a Regular Basis
However you treat yourself – allopathically or alternatively – visit your healthcare practitioner on a regular basis. Keep an eye on your health, and head things off at the pass, so to speak. Being proactive is a far easier, less expensive way to live than reacting after you’ve come down with a possibly preventable disease.
We live longer lives now; let’s live them as healthily as we can. To quote Dylan Thomas, “Do not go gentle into that good night.” Seize hold of every day and make the most of it, and enjoy the ride while it lasts!