Have you ever considered you can choose how you age?
Did you know you can choose how you age? If you are like most people, you are busier than busy. Family, work and responsibilities at home are all part of your life. Suddenly, you realize that quite a bit of time has passed while you were busy, and you may start to notice going up and down stairs hurts your knees a little bit more than it used to or your back is not as strong as it used to be.
Consider this a great wake-up call, and know it’s important to remember your body is a wonderful machine. If you take care of it; it will take care of you. While aging is an inevitable part of the cycle of life, have you ever considered that you get to choose how you age? More and more studies are proving that the way you live in the later years of your life is the result of how you behaved in your middle life years – as far as aging goes anyway.
If you take a proactive stance for your health early on, you will have amazing results. You do have a choice about how you age in the future by concentrating on certain contributing factors now.
Exercise and Fitness
If you have not exercised for years or if you feel that you are simply too busy, then you’re almost guaranteed to experience more difficulty in your later years. By exercising now, you give your body two benefits: one for your present health and a gift for your future health.
Studies show time and again that those who exercise, simply age better. The physical body benefits from exercise in many ways including:
* Improved cardiovascular system
* Lower blood pressure
* Well-maintained blood sugar levels
* Strengthened joints and muscles
On a mental note, exercise and fitness improves your mind in so many ways both now and for your future:
* Better mood
* Feeling happier
* Sleeping better
* A feeling of overall wellness
* Less fatigue
* Clarity of mind
Getting Good Quality Adequate Sleep
Good quality sleep is so important. While we can cheat and seem to get away with it in our 20s and our 30s, a good night’s rest is important no matter what our age is.
*Strive to get seven to eight hours of good quality sleep each night
*Don’t fall asleep with the TV on. Keep it out of your bedroom
*Get into a good sleep routine by going to bed every night at the same time.
You Are What You Eat
This is a huge factor for all of us! Having cured myself of decades of chronic depression by learning how to eat to be healthy, I am living proof you can make massive changes by eating to lower inflammation in your body! Foods to eat now that will benefit you later on include the following:
* Fresh fruits
*Green leafy vegetables
* Small portions of lean protein
* Nuts and seeds
If you make it a point to work on these three aspects of your life, you can push the decline that comes with aging out to the last few years of your life and choose how you age. We all get older, but it’s important not to give into and buy the brainwashing that is done in our world today.
As an extra help and inspiration, you will enjoy this book. It’s titled “If I Live to Be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians”. It’s a course in living, with lessons and inspiration for all of us.
Here again is the link so you can check it out: http://cherylloves.me/livewellto100
Just because you’ve passed the half century mark doesn’t mean you should expect to have no energy, gain weight, forget things and so on. Here’s a post I wrote a while back on how to stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease; it’s worth the quick read to pick up some important tips.
Be proactive with yourself. Play brain games; read a book; learn a new skill…a language or a musical instrument; cook new and healthier dishes; and for goodness get up off the couch and take a hike!
Helping You Achieve Major Wellness in Your Life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC
Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant