“The great secret that all older people share is that you really haven’t changed in 70 or 80 years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all.”- Doris Lessing. There is so much more in life to discover amidst the blurring eye sights, slower walk and need for more rests. Aging is not a loss of youth but a new stage of opportunities and strength.
Here are 5 easy suggestions you can practice daily to age well and live longer:
Good Guide 1: Have a hearty breakfast every day
Why is it good for you: As you grow older, your body begins to need fewer calories, but you require just as many nutrients to maintain a healthy weight, energy and memory level as well as to prevent or control chronic diseases. We suggest nutrient-dense breakfast that packed a lot of minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients your body needs into low amount of calories like the ones below!
Easy tips: Refuel your body by eating breakfast within the 1st hour of waking up with these Power Food:
- High-fiber food like whole-grain bread and B12 Fortified cereals, beans, vegetables, and fruits.
- Have 3 servings of Vitamin D-fortified low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, or cheese every day to keep bones strong.
Good Guide 2: Be good to yourself
Why is it good for you: Forget about few pounds that you are trying to lose as overall health is what matters most. Enjoy the little thing in life, accept things as they come and live in the present. It’s time to embrace self-contentment and self-compassion with yourself just like how you’ve been to others.
Easy tips: On top of trying out new styles, tickle your laughing bone from that Youtube channel, raise a new plant or join a social group (ahh, yes a good tour group would be great), make sure to get enough sleep and drink plenty of plain water throughout the day!
Good Guide 3: Keep learning
Why is it good for you: Learning doesn’t stop in school, neither does life long reading. It has only just begun. Taking the first step to put yourself out there and learn new concepts as it will initiate you into a new and somewhat different intellectual world. Besides that, reading is the most effective way to overcome stress, keep your brain sharp and help you to sleep better and ward off depression.
Easy tips: Pick up books on a topic you’ve always wanted to know or to solve a problem that you are interested in. Whether it is learning a new skill, pursuing a hobby, or volunteering for a project that involves a skill that you seldom use would help you to feel good about yourself and improve memory along the way. Don’t forget to celebrate every small achievement and keep a record of it too!
Good Guide 4: Support an active movement of your fitness Level
Why is it good for you: Engaging in a balanced physical exercise improves learning, memory and puts you in the best form of fitness. For example, yoga or Tai Chi helps the brain to practice coordination, flow of movement and balance by engaging different muscle groups.
Easy tips: For beginners, take short walks of 10 minutes each time, three times a day can be a good start. As a general goal, aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity every day for 3 days a week.
Upon better coping, exercise can be slowly advanced to a medium level and a higher level in a year, if possible. A physically healthy person should get at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week and with 30 minutes of that to be a vigorous activity.
Why is it good for you: Forget about the past where actions based on good thoughts went unappreciated. It’s time to surround yourself with people that bring you a healthy dose of sunshine and laughter into your life.
Easy tips: Surround yourself with people you enjoy and stay connected with family, friends and the community. Giving gifts with a personal touch like a cake from your latest homemade recipes, is a great way to start with for anniversaries and important dates.
Which are your favorite guidelines from above? Do you have any life advice that you are embracing close to heart? Drop your comment below and share with our loving community so as quoted by Robert Browning “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be”! <3