As of 2011, “baby boomers” have started turning 65. Seniors are now becoming the largest age group in America. Because of medical advances, they are now living longer than ever. Just living longer may not be a bonus to many of us. What’s important is adding “quality” to the “quantity” of life. Five or ten more years of ill health and lack of ability to do the thing we enjoy isn’t particularly attractive. The good news is that there’s a lot you can do to help your body, mind, and wallet age in a healthy way. Our physical health can be improved with a few simple practices:
Get some exercise. It’s important to move more and sit less. Exercise helps control your weight, boost your energy level, and improves your mood. The health benefits include lowering the risk for Type 2 diabetes, reducing high blood pressure and reducing the risks of heart disease. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day even if it something as simple as brisk walking, taking the stairs, or mowing the lawn.
Eat healthy. Avoid eating “junk food”, lots of red meat, fats, and refined or processed foods. These will all increase your weight and raise your risk for a variety of age-related diseases. Increase the amount of fish, fruits, vegetables, and olive oil in your diet.
Get plenty of sleep. When you’re asleep at night your body repairs itself and refreshes your immune system. Sleep helps improve your concentration in the daytime and helps keep your memory sharp. Aim for at least 7.5 hours of sleep per night. You’ll be more likely to get a good nights rest if you stick to a regular sleeping schedule, get some exercise earlier in the day, and avoid alcohol and caffeine before bed.
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