They say that “old age is not for sissies,” and “they” are not kidding. The aging process is unavoidable and often difficult. Aging well is more than a matter of endurance and determination, though. You can live a longer and healthier life by making a few reasonable preparations for the inevitable aging process. Read the tips below for ways to make the journey more pleasant.
Everyone suffers from a certain amount of stress in their life, but in order to keep the aging process slow and graceful, it’s important to keep stress at bay. A great way to do this is by practicing relaxation techniques. There are a wide variety of techniques available including meditation, yoga and tai chi. Pick the method that you are most comfortable with and be sure to practice it several times a week to slow down the aging process.
To slow your aging process be sure to do activities that increase your breathing rate. Keeping your lungs active is very important. As people use their lungs less they lose lung capacity. To understand this, an old person struggling up the stairs likely feels like they are breathing from a straw.
If you can, make sure you’re including a decent amount of fish in your diet. The omega-3 fatty acids that are most commonly found in fish have been shown to aid skin development. This can keep your skin looking smooth and young much longer. If you’re allergic to fish, look into omega-3 supplements.
Understand that you will have days that are much harder than others as you age. You will see close friends pass away, and it’s okay to cry and to grieve. Once you have done that, it is important to move on. You are the only one who will be with you forever, and you should allow yourself to enjoy life while you can.
While an occasional drink every now and then is perfectly acceptable, in order to slow the aging process, alcohol is something that should be avoided. In excess, alcohol can cause cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, can weaken your immune system and affect your system of balance resulting in injuries. By limiting alcohol, you are helping your body fight the inevitable aging process.
Keep your fruit intake high. Fruits are a great source of antioxidants, which help inhibit the aging process of our cells. They are also a great source of other vitamins that provide a host of benefits to our aging bodies. Use fruit as your desert instead of sugar filled treats as an easy way of getting them in your diet.
Having a purpose in life is a great way to never feel old. If you are feeling old and out of touch or afraid that you will as you get older, then follow the ideas here from Ellen Paige to keep your mind young and your body will follow suit.