As we get older, we become more vulnerable to not feeling as good as we did at younger ages. Here are some ways that you can properly take care of yourself to keep feeling young throughout your life.
Some people have this misconception that the best thing is to move as little as possible and to do as little physical activity in life as they possibly can. It is actually harmful to do as little activity as possible. There is truth to the adage, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Your bones and muscles will lose mass at a quicker rate and be susceptible to injury if you do not use them—especially as you get older.
You don’t have to be the best athlete in the world—you just have to do some type of physical activity. Walking, water aerobics, and biking are all healthy and low impact ways to keep up your health. It is also a good idea to partake in weight bearing activities, such as lifting lighter weights in repetition. As you age, activity and exercise geared more toward the maintenance and upkeep of muscle and movement is important to staying as active as possible.
It is a good idea to preserve your health by paying attention to what your diet consists of. One of the most important things that you can do is control the portions that you are eating. For dinner, it is recommended that your plate is ¼ protein, ¼ starch and ½ vegetables. You should vary up your diet by eating different things and mixing things up. It is ideal to eat whole foods that are processed as little as possible. Look at nutrition labels to see whether there are suitable amounts of sodium, fat and sugar. Added sugar is one of the worst things that you can consume, and it is something that you can really live without. Water is, without a doubt, the best beverage.
Talk to your doctor about your diet. Some people end up taking various medications or have certain medical conditions to take into account. Your doctor or a qualified nutritionist will be able to steer you clear of harmful foods and ingredients while giving you advice on good things to fill your body with.
Taking Care of Mental Health
Your mental health can have a large effect on your physical health. Some common things that can improve and/or maintain your mental health include having hobbies. A hobby can take many forms. Some people think that “having a hobby” is supposed to be expensive. In fact, it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of good, time-consuming, stimulating hobbies that are very inexpensive and/or free. For example, taking a walk is free. Sketching in a sketchbook is relatively inexpensive and results in a fulfilling and proud skill.
Taking Care of Social Health
You social health feeds into your emotional health and your physical health. Human interaction and companionship are needs that humans are commonly programmed with. If we don’t fulfill those needs, we may emotionally and physically suffer. Even if you have a spouse and children, you may crave social interaction from people outside of that family structure. Volunteering and partaking in activities that you like can lead you to meaningful social interactions with those who share the same interests as you.
As you embrace age and continue to care for your mind and body, don’t forget to consult your doctors about your healthy. Following their advice, taking your prescribed medications, and doing everything you can to stay healthy will help you maintain your level of overall wellness throughout your life.