The Benefits of Healthy Aging
More and more, the average life expectancy is rising. People are living longer, healthier lives, and some can attribute that to their environment, particularly one that allows for healthy aging.
According to the World Health Organization, Healthy Aging is the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being in older adults. However, this does not mean being free of disease, but rather controlling any health conditions and adapting behaviors to allow you to control these conditions so they have little influence on your overall well-being.
So how can you ensure you are doing your part to age with wellness and grace? Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Living an Active Life
No matter your activity of choice, studies show that those who keep an active lifestyle live longer and happier lives. From walking the dog to opting for the stairs instead of an elevator — these daily choices can help you continue a more flexible and active lifestyle to do the things you love as you age. Not only that, regular physical activity reduces your chance of certain diseases and disabilities that can come with age.
Strengthening your muscles can prevent you from falls, keep you limber, and lower your chance of developing arthritis.
Changing Your Eating Mindset
A healthy diet, especially as you age, can reduce your chance of high blood pressure, heart disease, and certain cancers. With the right nutritional choices, you can control your weight and have increased energy to do the things you enjoy. Through every stage of life, nutritional needs change — some older adults might need fewer calories but more protein, making it critical to talk to your doctor to discuss your nutrition needs.
Keeping Up With Things You Love
A sense of purpose throughout life has been linked to health benefits. Those who take care of younger generations or volunteer are more likely to stay healthier as they age. Not to mention, when you make time to do a few hours of the things you love, your stress levels decrease. Learning something new every day is also a great way to keep your brain alert while lowering your chance of memory loss.
Methodist Premier Wellness is centered on your total health: mind, body, and spirit. Whether you are home or away, we are accessible and ready to assist you! Schedule your comprehensive health exam or blood analysis, or contact Dr. Hollenshead about nutrition counseling today.