5 Tips for Healthy Aging

01-09-2021

Posted By: Envision2bWell, Inc

5 Tips for Healthy Aging

5 Tips for Healthy Aging

September is Healthy Aging Month, a great time to remember it’s never too late to re-invent yourself! Life is a journey, and we get to begin again in any moment, no matter our age.

The truth is, healthy aging is really about healthy living. At Envision2bWell, we focus on 10 Pillars of 360° Well-Being® to help our subscribers/members achieve whole-person health and well-being. We believe that’s how a sustainably healthy and joyful life becomes possible. The 10 Pillars are: Eating / Fitness / Finance / Health / Humanity / Kindness / Mental Health / Relationships / Spirituality / Work.

As our bodies age, there are certain areas of health and well-being that become increasingly important. This does not mean that the other areas (or pillars) of well-being are less important, just that they don’t carry the same immediate health consequences.  

Here are our 5 Tips for Healthy Aging:

Move your body every day.

As we age and youth stops being on our side, it becomes imperative that we purposefully move our bodies every day. This includes cardiovascular movement to keep our hearts healthy, strength training to keep our muscles and bones strong, and stretching/mobility to keep the stiffness away.

Nourish your body with nutrient-dense foods.

Food is more than calories. Food is medicine. Just about every vegetable or fruit out there is packed with disease-fighting nutrients. Nourishing your body with these essential vitamins and minerals primes it for health, rather than disease.

Proactively seek preventive care.

Preventive healthcare saves lives. Early detection is so important to our survival, especially as we age. Don’t skip life-saving screenings and other preventive care measures!

Workout your brain every day.

First, it’s important to note that one of the best ways to improve brain health is exercise. So, just in case you wanted to skip #1, don’t! (Read our blog, How Exercise Transforms the Brain to learn more!) Other ways to keep your mind sharp and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are learning new skills, reading, taking care of your mental health, and challenging your mind with games like puzzles, chess, etc. (To learn more about how to protect your brain from Alzheimers, read our blog here.)

Stay social.

According to the CDC, social isolation significantly increases a person’s risk of premature death from all causes, a risk that “may rival those of smoking, obesity, and inactivity.” There are many negative health outcomes associated with social isolation including depression, impaired immunity, poor sleep, and cognitive decline. 

A great way to connect with people is to join communities built around shared interests. If you love to read, join a book club for instance! Another great way to stay social is volunteering, which will not only make you feel better for having helped someone, but also tends to attract diverse groups, bringing you in contact with people of all ages and backgrounds.

In Healthy Aging month, let us all remember that aging is NOT a disease. Aging is a natural part of life and with it comes many wonderful things such as wisdom, know-how, and a willingness to speak the truth and speak your mind. It’s unfortunate that we live in a culture that is still so youth-obsessed, but changing that paradigm begins with US!  

In case you missed it, we encourage you to listen to our recent podcast about aging, Aging as a Superpower, with special guests Michele Probst, Founder of Worth Beauty Company, and Janet Zaretsky, TEDx speaker, author and coach. Below is the trailer:

 

 

 

 

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