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.
Add vitamin D supplements to your diet to possibly helping slow aging. There is not a consensus yet on the research that shows it’s affect. However, vitamin D has other benefits like helping our immune systems, helping the absorption of calcium and others that you might as well add it in even if the jury is still out on the aging affects.
Let guilt go. A long life is sure to have things that you may feel guilty about. Do not let this guilt run your life. Make amends or forgive yourself and forget. In many cases there is no way to undo the things that have been done, and all that we can do is make the most of the time we have left.
Take the time each day to enjoy the simple things in life. It could be a simple flower growing in the garden, or a smile on a child’s face. These things will give you joy and the more joy you have in your life, the more youthful you will feel throughout it.
Surround yourself with wonderful people. If you find that the people that you spend a majority of your time with are grouchy more often than they are happy, consider looking for a new group of friends to hang out with. Happiness is contagious and if you are surrounded by it, you are likely to be joyful as well.
You must get plenty of calcium to aid in the prevention of osteoporosis. Milk, skim milk, yogurt, and low-fat cheeses can be good ways to get calcium. Broccoli contains a large amount of calcium as well as other veggies. And take your calcium supplements. Women need 1500 to 2000 mg after menopause and men after the age of 65.
Exercise is necessary for healthy aging. Regular exercise can delay or prevent heart disease and Diabetes as well as lessen the pain of Arthritis, depression and anxiety. Four kinds should be followed: aerobics to build endurance and keep your heart and blood vessels healthy; strength training to reduce age-related loss of muscle; stretching to keep your body flexible; and balance exercises to reduce your chances of falling.
As you get older, keeping a good balance when walking is a common complaint. Oftentimes, some may resort to using a walker or cane to help them keep their footing. Studies had shown that instead of using the customary walker or cane, instead, use a pole. A pole will help strengthen the upper body as well as help the balance of the senior when they walk.
Growing older is one trial that you know with certainty you will have to face. It is never too early to start learning about the aging process and preparing yourself for it. A few helpful hints like the ones presented above can help you cope with aging by staying healthy and happy as the years roll on.