Aging is inevitable; we all do it and we all do it all the time. Being prepared for it and doing it well is a trick to a long, successful and happy life. You only have to know a few things about aging to do it well, and this article has a few things for you to learn.
Free radicals are destructive by-products formed as your body turns food and oxygen into energy. Because they protect against those free radicals, antioxidants may help you deal with the effects of aging. Sources of antioxidants are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Blueberries, blackberries, broccoli, and spinach are particularly desirable, as darker foods tend to have a higher amount of antioxidants.
Keeping your cholesterol under control is important for aging well. A build up of cholesterol can raise your risk of stroke or heart attack. Eating a diet low in animal fats and high in fiber can help keep your cholesterol level under control by increasing your HDL (good) cholesterol and reducing your LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Developing good coping skills can improve the aging process. Finding the silver lining around the clouds in your life has been associated with a longer life. If you are not naturally an optimist, it’s never too late to change. By focusing on the positive in your life, you can be positive you will age better.
Make sure you are receiving the appropriate amount of sleep for your particular age. By sleeping for a full seven hours or more each night you will maintain a normal hormone balance and feel more relaxed throughout the day. The less you sleep, the more irritable you will be in the morning.
Living can be very hard work. Even if you do not have a job outside of the home, it is going to take it out of you some days. Take the time to rest now and then. You could do this every day if your schedule permits but if it does not, be sure to rest and relax at least a couple times a week.
Friendships are essential to your balance. You are never too old to make friends. Make new friends to contribute to healthy life full of longevity.
Just because you are aging doesn’t mean you should just sit back and take it easy. To maintain good health, you need to continue to be as active as you possibly can. Sure, you may not be able to go out and race in a marathon, but you still can incorporate some activity into you daily activities. It is suggested that you include at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Maybe you could take a 15-minute walk twice a day. Dust off that old bike and take a ride around the neighborhood.
As was mentioned earlier, aging is something we have no choice or say in. However, with the right ideas put into place, aging can be slowed and even embraced as something wonderful. Keep the nuggets of wisdom from this piece in mind in your coming years, and you can embrace your future.