Getting older isn’t always fun. Sometimes things hurt that didn’t previously, or we get winded faster than we used to, or our bones pop and crunch far more than ever before, or our brains just don’t seem to be as sharp as they once were. Many of these seemingly minor annoyances are simply part of the aging process, but they can also indicate the need to take better care of our bodies and minds.
Luckily, September is Healthy Aging Month, and it’s a great time to reflect on what we can do to live healthier day-to-day lives. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
When your body is achy and making creaky sounds all the time, it’s easy to complain. But keeping an upbeat, positive attitude can actually do wonders for your health. In fact, some studies have shown a connection between positive mental states and improved health. By the same token, friends who complain a lot may be affecting your own outlook and health. If that’s the case, and as difficult as it may be, you may need to minimize your contact with people who are constantly negative.
Go For A Walk
Walking on a regular basis is one of the most important things you can do to combat the effects of aging. Not only does it keep you trim, but it ensures that your muscles and even your mind stay in good working order.
Smile and the whole world smiles with you, the saying goes. In fact, some researchers have found that smiling is good for both your physical and mental health. For example, one study found that people who smile more have lower stress levels, and thus lower heart rates. Another study found that people who smiled were considered more attractive and had better relationships with people around them. There are other benefits, too, so next time you enter a room, don’t be afraid to light it up with a smile!
Stay On Top Of Your Health
If we’re talking about healthy aging, we’d be remiss not to remind you to see your doctor on an annual basis for a checkup! That means getting all your annual blood work done for things like cholesterol, glucose levels, etc., but also to make your doctor aware of any issues you may be dealing with (your doctor is the ONE person to whom you’re allowed to complain about your health). Even the smallest thing could be an indicator of a larger health issue, and a good doctor knows how to listen for details and respond to patients concerns.