If you are doing it right, keeping your body and your mind in optimal health is a big job! This is why it makes sense to do a little bit every day, rather than wait until illness or injury strikes to take steps to guard against the aging process. It can be helpful here to think about what your body and your mind need from you to stay on their A game as the years pass. This short article will give you five essential tips to keep both mind and body healthy as you age.

Tip 1: Stay Active

Physical fitness doesn’t have to be extreme, but it should be a part of your regular routine. The Harvard School of Public Health recommends two days of strength/weight exercises per week, and 2.5 hours of aerobic exercise each week (doctor permitting).

Tip 2: Drink Plenty of Water

WebMD states several serious benefits of drinking water, including that drinking water helps with calorie regulation, flushes toxins (helps kidneys), keeps skin clear and smooth, and much more. Water is not a miracle cure, but it definitely helps with maintenance.

Tip 3: Watch Your Weight

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) reports that maintaining a healthy weight (as determined by your doctor) can control for all kinds of diseases, including major killers like heart disease and cancer. This doesn’t mean you can’t have treats, but just that you should remember food’s primary purpose is to keep your body healthy.

Tip 4: Monitor Your Stress

Stress is a bona fide killer. The American Psychological Association (APA) website outlines some ways stress can interact with your body to produce heart arrhythmias, heart attack, and death. Gaining control over stress through learning meditation, taking deep breaths, enjoying nature, and following all of these maintenance tips can help.

Tip 5: Use Modern Technology

Modern technology can be a wonderful thing. Today there are all sorts of ways to secure a youthful look no matter what your chronological age is. Whether you choose to use an age defying supplement, go for regular therapeutic skin treatments, or some other technique that works for you, modern anti-aging technology is here to stay and there is no reason not to use it to your benefit.

With these five tips you can do something each day to maintain your physical and mental health and vitality each day of your life.

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