We are living longer and views on aging are also changing. Growing old no longer has to mean illness and physical decline. Actually, the disability rate among seniors has gone down dramatically in the last twenty years. Following these tips will help you remain feeling young as you extend your active life expectancy.
Here’s a quick way to slow down the aging process; quit smoking. If you are a smoker you’ve heard it all your life, but it’s just as true now. Smoking is a huge contributor to how old your skin looks. Plus it also reduces your life span as well. It is never to late to quit, so talk with your doctor about steps to take to put out the butts for good.
If you worry about aging skin and wrinkles, stay away from the sun! Of course, we all like a little sun, but too much exposure can cause premature aging of the skin as well as increasing the risk of skin cancer. Tanning beds also pose the same risks, maybe even to a greater extent, as people tend to overuse them.
Whiten your teeth to take some serious years off of your age. Years of drinking coffee and wine and smoking can do a serious number of the appearance of our teeth. Shave off some years by having your teeth professionally whitened. The difference it makes will astound you.
Many people attribute living to a ripe old age to having a good sense of humor! Life can get you down, but if you can laugh about it, you stand a good chance of living longer. Laughter is healthy. It increases oxygen intake and makes you feel happy!
In order to age gracefully, be sure to see your doctor regularly! Putting off appointments with your doctor could really be detrimental in your overall health. Regular checkups make is possible for your doctor to catch problems while they are small enough to fix. Save yourself a good bit of time, money and grief by keeping those appointments.
Stay fit well into your golden years. Try to incorporate some kind of physical exercise into your daily routine. Take a long walk each day, join a water aerobics class or take a nice bike ride. These things will keep the blood flowing and give you some pleasure each day.
When you get older, you tend to want to hold onto the past and resist change, but you should really embrace this change as the whole part of the process of getting older. It’s all in the attitude. Look forward to them, and think of them as a new adventure.
Even if your body is deteriorating, you do not have to let your spirit deteriorate as well. Keep growing as a person through reading books, sharing stories with loved ones or enjoying a good old movie now and then. Keep your youthful spirit alive as long as you live.
Learn something new. There’s an old saying that says, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”; it’s a myth. Get out there and take a class or develop a hobby. Not only will it occupy your time. Your brain will get a workout from the new information you’re learning.
We are an optimistic people, always looking to the future. But in old age a backward look, even regret, can be a good thing. Assessing what is good or bad, what worked well or did not, is part of our job as human beings; part of what we pass on to the next generation.
Focus on the things you can do and the things you like to do. Aging can be frustrating because you begin to be unable to do the things that you once did. That can’t be changed, but your attitude can. Keep your focus on the things you are still able to do and then do them!
Include more fiber in your diet by including more whole grains and vegetables as you become older. Your digestive system becomes more sensitive as you age, so it is important to make sure that the foods you eat are easily digested. Keeping your digestive system in good working order will prevent many health problems.
It’s pretty normal to add pounds as people get older. If you maintain your weight, your risk of stroke, diabetes, certain cancers, and high blood pressure will be lower. With the right diet and exercise program, you will stay at a good weight.
As we have found, there are many useful things you can do to reduce the effects of aging. Combined with a positive attitude, these tips can help you to not only prolong your life, look younger and feel better, but to increase the number of advancing years in which you will remain free of disability.