Staying Active For Healthy Aging

Updated: 6 days ago

The absence of being active can prevent you from living healthy. You may feel somewhat tired or find it difficult to sleep at night when you do not enjoy activities. Upon arising in the morning, you may feel tired. The reason is you are sleepy. The tiredness will remain until you finally fall asleep. We must make changes to accommodate our lives. As we age, our bodies change.

Having a good night's sleep makes the mind think more clearly. A good night's sleep also boosts your energy while controlling your weight. You can also make decisions with less stress. In addition, sleeping well at night makes our immune system properly functioning to keep us healthier. Researchers have proved that a good night's sleep is necessary for our health.

Researchers have found that lack of sleep reduces the growth hormones in our bodies since it changes muscles to fat. So sleep overall is most important, yet it stands behind activities. To improve your health, try walking each day.

Walking will help loosen our muscles and reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. In addition, reliving these things will help us sleep for a longer and deeper period. So, when we wake up in the morning, we feel happier and more rested.

When you exercise, you get a good night's sleep, promoting metabolism. Without the right amount of sleep, our bodies crave energy. As a result, our body releases insulin or glucose into the bloodstream, slowing down metabolism. This action causes the body to gain weight rather than control weight.

When people feel exhausted, they will feel weak and repressed from enjoying activities. Inactivity leads to additional problems. Sleeping right balances our bodies, giving us more energy and leading to more movement to satisfy our sleep needs.

What to avoid:

To rest properly and feel active, you must reduce your intake of caffeine, nicotine, harmful chemicals, such as over-the-counter meds that keep you awake, alcohol, etc. The chemicals and substances will keep you awake. Try to avoid drinking anything after 8 p.m. Nicotine should be avoided, if possible, yet if you must smoke, try to avoid smoking after 8 p.m.

Start a walking program in the morning to help wake you up while boosting your energy. You will feel better since the joints will feel flexible enough to move freely. In addition, walking will help you burn fat and calories. You will notice a significant change in how you think the rest of the day. Start out walking at a slow, steady pace for as far as you are comfortable.

Each day pick up the pace a bit and walk further. When walking, you want to work up to a steady brisk walk to make you sweat but not out of breath. Also, take a short walk before and after meals to calm your nerves and burn calories. It will give you energy, relieve that stress from the long day and help you sleep.

If you start a walking program for yourself, it is more fun to have someone go with you. Talk to that neighbor you do not know, and maybe they will walk with you. Just think about it; you will acquaint yourself with someone new, talk about new things that will relieve stress, and get in your exercise. Reaching out might help that neighbor too, who maybe has not seen or spoken to anyone in a couple of days, and then they can sleep better at night.

After taking that brisk walk, it is necessary to cool down. When walking at a vigorous pace, your heart rate will go up, and it needs to be back to normal. So all you need to do is walk a bit slow and relax until you have cooled down.

If you cannot sleep at night, refrain from getting up and turning on the television. Would you mind pacing through the house? Another suggestion is to do some stretching and shake your arms and legs. Even walking around the home can relax you, especially when everyone else is in bed and you can relax more.

Thank you.

Pat Bracy

Embracing Healthy Eating

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