Aging Like a pro

Like the old saying goes “Getting old ain’t for sissies”, it is not easy managing new challenges as they arrive with age, but there are many ways to make it easier and increase/prolong your quality of life. One should always maintain a healthy lifestyle but it becomes more critical as age catches up. So let’s take a look at some tips that can help you keep the bounce in your step.

Get some sun
The sun is a great source for vitamin D. As with anything needs to be enjoyed with care and moderation helping to make sure you use sunscreen to help protect you from sunburn, skin cancer, dark spots, wrinkles and sagging. Don’t underestimate the importance of sunglasses in helping prolong your eye care and protecting your eyes and giving them more longevity.

Stop and smell the roses
By walking outdoors not only are you able to get some exercise but you are also able to engage with people and enjoy the beauty that nature shares with us. Being in nature is a form of relaxation and provides a mental break where you can just be and enjoy your surroundings. Interacting with you environment by scouting pretty plants and smelling them helps bring all your senses into your experience making it more pleasurable and relaxing.

Try new hobbies
Hobbies are critical at any age as they give you joy and help you maintain passion for daily/weekly/monthly activities you look forward to such as cross words, Lego, painting, bowls, cards, reading or anything else that grabs you. Fewer people have hobbies that grab them than you would think, but trying a different hobby each month until you find one that grabs you can be even more enthralling than having a specific hobby.

Mobility and functional exercise
Now, well it never is, the time to avoid your aches and crakes. Many live through injuries and aches with the belief that they can never be fixed, which may be true but you can also make it better with exercise. Let it be exercise with a specialist, doing a simple home routine, walking, yoga or something else you fancy it is critical to stay active and try improve on your physical strength. Muscle mass is important for your immune system, metabolism, bone support, bone density and general day to day functionality.

Eating organic produce
By choosing wisely what goes into your body, you will be avoiding carcinogenic edibles while ensuring you are eating whole foods loaded with Amino Acids, Minerals and Vitamins. Supplements are a great thing to use when necessary but don’t underestimate the value of the micro nutrients in organic food products.

Maintain a social lifestyle
As a species, much like many others, we require human contact. Try join social events, or take part in activities where young and old alike get to communicate with each other. Should events be too much chaos for you just start up conversations with people you cross on day to day life. People are all around us all the time but all to often we don’t take the time to have a silly/philosophical/chit-chat in the moments we interact with people. Take a few minutes and have a chat when ever you can.

By following some of the guidelines above, you will ensure you have more energy, mental acuity, functionality and zest for life. You’ve work hard to get this far, it’s time to enjoy it and embrace life with open arms and youthful exuberance that’s still with you.

Joni Kowensky
Author: Joni Kowensky