Healthy Aging Is Taking Care of You

Updated: Oct 1, 2021

The aging process is happening each day of our lives. Stopping the clock is impossible, so we all need to stay healthy and take care of ourselves. There is no way you can turn around the process as we grow older, so accept it and take care.

Start working now to take care of yourself as you age. A person can do many things, as they get older to take care of their health. Taking care of yourself now will help slow down those aging diseases.

Take Multivitamins

You can start by taking your multivitamins and all other prescriptions your health care provider has prescribed to you. Taking vitamins is as important as anything else you can do. Vitamins will provide your body with repair tools. In addition, vitamins will lessen the dangers of getting some of the chronic diseases you can acquire as you age.

Diet alone does not usually give a person all the vitamins that they need. Experts show that millions of people worldwide suffer malnutrition even though they eat three healthy meals per day. People binge on fast food and go on fads or quick weight diets that harm the body. In addition, these activities build stress, which causes loss of vitamins.

Avoid Processed Foods

Maybe you are a person who eats many processed foods because of your busy lifestyle, and there is just no time to cook the proper meals. You could stop off at a fast-food place to eat three or four times a week before going to work or home from work because you are just too tired to fix supper. Remember that fast food is unhealthy for the digestive system, and all that fat from those fries isn't good. Take time to select a meal and sit down to enjoy it; doing this will cut down on the calorie intake, and it helps relieve stress because you are doing something good for yourself and your family.

Take Care Of Yourself

Stop worrying about everyone else; take time out for yourself. Stress is terrible for your heart, which affects your blood pressure, nervous system, and is hard in general on your body.

Stress can cause many things, even causing a person to become obese. Unfortunately, the world is turning at such a fast pace these days that there is never time to take care of us, so start now.

Get Regular Exercise

Try doing a little exercise to stay healthy as you age. Every little bit of physical activity you do is better than not any at all. An average person should exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes. A person has many options when it comes to exercise. Walking is an excellent exercise since it helps you keep those muscles more flexibly and stronger.

Happiness Helps You Live Longer

Happiness is another way to stay healthy as you age. If you are not happy, find out why and turn it around so you will be. Being happy and being with friends is always an excellent way to keep the stress away. Do not let yourself get depressed and down; it will make your Aging come upon you sooner than you want, and it can cause you to be a very sick person.

Depression is a sickness, and you want to stay away from all that.

Again, there is no way you can stop aging, so stay in good health and slow it down. Keep yourself happy, do those exercises, and take those vitamins. Staying active help keeps the stress down, keep you more robust, and you will feel better for doing it.

Get A Good Night's Sleep

As we grow older, we need to stay active to keep our bodies and system in shape. The older a person gets, the less our bodies want to function, so keeping it in shape is very important for us, even the younger people. Healthy Aging is getting a good night's sleep.

Sleeping is crucial to all of us as we are aging. Aging brings on a different sleep pattern, and we need to learn how to control it so when it is time to sleep, we sleep well. It is notable as we age that it becomes harder to get a good night's sleep and feel rested when we wake up. Therefore, sleeping is as important as our diet and activities.

Did you know that it is hard for women to sleep more than men in their senior years? Women have more tendencies to feel stressed out more, and they sometimes are just too busy to get themselves into an exercising routine. If you do not get enough sleep at night, it will reduce your alertness during the day because you are tired. Long periods of sleepless nights can cause high blood pressure and are not suitable for the heart either.

There are many reasons why some people cannot achieve a restful night's sleep. Sometimes you might sleep, but it is a night of light sleep, and we need to have a night of deep, restful REM sleep. Sometimes you may awaken during the night from pain perhaps caused by arthritis. Sometimes you may experience heartburn, which causes you to get less sleep. Snoring or feeling depressed sometimes can also cause you to lose sleep. You may have a stressful day followed by a lack of sleep. Muscle spasms can also cause a person to lose sleep.

Reduce Problems That Cause You to Lose Sleep

Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine can cause us to lose sleep. Try not to drink liquids before going to bed and stop smoking. Smoking is not only harmful to your body, but it can cause you to lose sleep. Excessive noise in the house, the TV or radio in the bedroom, and snoring are some more reasons that can keep us from sleeping. Do not go to bed and watch TV or listen to the radio; this will only keep you awake longer. You can learn to enjoy exercises to reduce muscle spasms and arthritic symptoms. You can also reduce unhealthy eating foods that cause heartburn or drink caffeine-based substances before going to bed to improve your sleeping pattern.

Do you have a pet that sleeps with you? You may not realize it, but every time your pet moves, maybe snore; you can hear this while sleeping. Even though you think they are giving you comfort, it could cause you to lose that precious sleep you need. Perhaps you might have to get your pet a bed and let him sleep on the floor next to you. Also, if you have allergies, your pet may be the cause, making you lose sleep.

Napping is not good if you take one during the day for more than 25 minutes. I realize that maybe you are not getting enough sleep during the night, and you get tired in the afternoon. However, when you lie down during the day and sleep for a long time, you have just enough sleep not to be as tired when it is time to go to bed.

Before you lie down to rest, you should also consider drinking a warm glass of milk. Studies have shown that warm milk helps a person relax.

Decide today to practice self-care.

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Thank You

Pat Bracy

Embracing Healthy Aging