Aging and Still Loving Life

You started aging the minute that you were born. And aging goes on relentlessly, no matter how you approach or live your life. Loving life and living it to the fullest is something that you can begin to do at any time, if you have neglected to do so from the start.

So how can you age with grace?

Exercise to keep your body fit and full of energy. This also helps you live a longer and more productive life – yes, aging all the way, but enjoying every step of the journey. As you grow older, the body functions start to slow down. It is important to stay active. Exercise also improves the cardiovascular system and your heart. Exercise increases the heart rate and enables blood to flow smoothly to the heart.

For older adultsthere are effective low impact activities like walking, swimming, yoga and tai chi that give you good exercise benefits without adding physical stress or other risks. These practices reduce the risk of falls and fractures, and even increase endurance and boost bone density.

The kind of activity you choose is not important. Exercise, or be active in some way, at least once a week. Research shows that people aged 65 and older who exercise once a week can reduce their risk of death by 40 percent compared to people of the same age who do not exercise at all.

Eat to live a long and healthy life. Sometimes changing your diet is very important to living a healthy aging life. As you get older, you may need to increase your intake of certain nutrients. Nutrient deficiency appears to increase with age. Some nutrients that are commonly lacking in older adults are folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and vitamins A, D, E, B6, B12 and C.

To change your diet, the first thing to do is plan. Some people find it difficult to change their diet since they are used to unstable meal plans. Eating three healthy meals daily requires a diet and daily meal plan. Diet for older people requires plenty of vegetables and fruits. Fibers are also necessary to keep cholesterol and sugar levels down.

Drink clean, fresh water to keep yourself hydrated. Dehydration is another problem for older people. It is more difficult for them to know they are dehydrated because signals going to the brain signaling the need for water may no longer be functioning properly. Some older people reduce their water intake to avoid trips to the bathroom.

Dehydration may lead to headaches, digestive problems, constipation and even kidney failure. Drink at least eight glasses of clean, fresh water every day. Take note of how much water you are taking in. You can add a squeeze of lemon or a little club soda if you are getting tired of drinking just ordinary water.

Keep your mind sharp. Aging affects your mental well-being as well as your physical health. There are older people who experience mild impairment of thinking and memory. Because older people are no longer feeling or able to do the things that they were able to do before, many older adults become depressed.

Some symptoms of depression for older adults are social withdrawal, decreased activity with no apparent physical cause, loss of interest or pleasure in things previously enjoyed, loss of appetite, loss of weight, restlessness and expressed feelings of worthlessness, such as being a burden or a bother.

It is important to express and deal with these feelings. Being around people like friends and family can definitely give the support and security older adults are looking for. To achieve healthy aging, have close relationships with others and participate in regular activities that give meaning and excitement to your life. Try visiting friends, volunteering, maintaining some form of physical activity and increasing leisure time.

Aging is inevitable – it happens to everybody. But healthy aging is something you can do to embrace life to the fullest and show your next generation relatives how to age and still love life.

All good things,
John

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