Getting older of course has its challenges and its rewards. These are some of the best practices to start now to not only “age younger” but also do it with better health, more energy, strength, better cognitive skills, zest and vitality.
- Stay Physically Fit
Cardiovascular activity such as walking, running, swimming and active sports are all magic pills and offer such a big boost to your body, brain and mood. Besides having the wonderful social benefits that exercise provides, significant health improvements are also found in a wide range of measures such as: blood pressure, resting heart rate, body fat, BMI, total cholesterol and depression.
Exercise is one of the most effective tools we can use to elevate our level of happiness. – not exercising is like taking a depressant. Even more great reasons to exercise; it helps in creativity and stimulates brain function.
- Strength Training: The Potent Age Eraser
Weight training is the best investment to your health. It encourages muscle cells to multiply and is extremely important in combating age-related decline in Muscle Mass, Bone Density, and Metabolism.
Lifting weights causes your muscles to become stronger and your tendons, ligaments and bones to be stronger. This strengthening will make your joints more stable and less prone to injury. Everyday tasks will become easier!
- Having a Younger Mind
Participate in “brainy” activities such as reading, taking courses for new learning, mental games, puzzles and hobbies. Learning may help keep our memory strong by creating a habit to lean.
We need to continually participate in activities that require mental effort. Challenging your brain with mental exercise and learning activities stimulates new connections between nerve cells and may even help to generate new cells. Life Long Learning Should be a Priority.
- Stay Social
Social butterflies are at a lower risk of brain decline and dementia with age than loners. Social contagiants/connections help build relationships, which makes us happier and more likely to adhere to healthier habits and ability to sustain changes.
Share your wisdom. Create joy and feel, energized and engaged by sharing what you learned.
- Become Mindful
There is no shortage of advice! It is so cheap that it is free on the Internet. All we have to do is ask GOOGLE anything – and so many answers appear. However, so much of this advice fails to produce change.
Awareness and Mindfulness, on the other hand, is the key to change. Awareness and being Mindful changes things. Our behavior is influenced in both subtle and obvious ways when we highlight attention on something that is happening in the present moment. Mindfulness focuses our attention. Eating works the same way. When we notice what, when, where and how we are eating, our eating can change.
- Learn to Breathe
Exercise your diaphragm. – Learn and exercise the great benefits to our body when we fully use our diaphragm muscle. The diaphragm muscle creates posture, conserves energy, increases endurance, increases serotonin, lowers heart rate and blood pressure and improves brain function. Length, depth and pace of breathing directly affects our neuropaths – it reflects what is happening in our brains.
- Learn Happiness
Success in all domains of life comes to people who describe themselves as happy. The connection between happiness and success is profound. If your emotional outlook needs a boost, think about things that give you positive emotions. Express gratitude by saying it out loud, writing it down, and thanking those who have been helpful to you. Enjoy and relish happy memories, exercise, and forgive. We are strongly influenced by what others do. Surround yourself with happy people. We are happiest when we are challenged, inspire passion, purpose and connect with others.