Moving often as you age will also help to prevent, or at least manage, symptoms of arthritis, soreness, and lack of mobility.
Even when you start to have more aches and pains in your body as you get older, moving in spite of those minor pains can reduce your pain with time. So get up and move around as often as you can.
Eat real foods.
Many chronic diseases are tied to the foods that you eat. When you consume processed foods with artificial ingredients, high amounts of sodium and preservatives, you are likely missing out on essential nutrients your body needs to thrive.
What’s worse is that all those artificial ingredients and high counts of sugar and fat can take a toll on your body in the long run, causing diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol, among other health conditions.
The good news is that you can undo the damage of processed foods by eating whole foods. These are foods that you eat fresh from the market and aren’t processed to lose all the good vitamins and minerals that exist in nature.
Try to cook your own food more often and eat pre-cooked and packaged foods less often. Eating whole foods can undo years of unhealthy eating and add years to your life.
Sleep is another magic pill that can help you live a longer, healthier life. You put your body through a lot of stress and tension on a daily basis, so your body needs real sleep to replenish and recover. Researchers have found that a lack of sleep can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, injury, memory loss, and even weaken your immune system.
But you can turn all of these risks around by aiming to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. If you’re currently getting much less than that, aim to go to bed just 30 minutes earlier today, then add on another 30 minutes next month so you can stick with your new sleeping habits.
Going out and meeting people does wonders not only for your social calendar but also for your long-term health. According to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, maintaining social relationships can be as important to your health as is following a healthy diet.
These researchers looked at the impact of having social relationships on adult’s overall health over several decades. They found that adults with fewer social interactions were at a greater risk for chronic illnesses, including cancer.
If you’re already a social butterfly, keep it up. But, if being social doesn’t come naturally to you, try to join groups in your city based on your hobbies and interests. You can also be more proactive in your existing friendships by picking up the phone to call someone or planning meetups with your friends or family members.
Learning well after you finish school may not necessarily help you look any younger, but it can help to slow down the symptoms of aging for your brain. It’s inevitable that over time your memory will become less sharp and your ability to concentrate will falter.