The body naturally loses stamina as it ages, but there are a number of things you can do to keep yourself healthy and independent for many years to come. Follow these tips to lead an active and healthy lifestyle well into your golden years.
Make healthy dietary choices. Eating protein, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals reduces risk for many diseases, increases energy and helps lose weight. Aim to drink at least six eight-ounce glasses of water daily.
Move more throughout the day. Whether it’s group classes, going for a run or just a stroll through the neighborhood, the goal is to activate the muscles in your body. Aim for moderate physical activity, like walking, at least 22 minutes a day, and try to incorporate muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week.
Don’t use tobacco. If you do, take the first step toward quitting by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free help. Tobacco use is linked to cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, problems of the immune system and so much more.
Get regular checkups. Visit your doctor for preventive services at least yearly so you can find and treat diseases, if they occur, early.
Keep your brain active. Work your brain by playing music, doing crosswords and playing educational games like Scrabble with your friends and family.
Stay connected. Being social is an important part of feeling human, so maintain relationships with close friends and family – even if that means downloading a social media app to stay in touch with those grandkids.
Protect your mental health. Activities such as meditation, yoga or simply getting outside can promote mental well-being.
Get enough sleep. Experts recommend 7-8 hours per night. Quality sleep is linked to improved overall mood, attention span and memory.