Aging Gracefully

You’re only as old as your body thinks you are.

Aging happens to us all, but retaining a healthy body and lifestyle as the years go by is something that is largely within our control. A few factors that can affect health as one ages are fitness, weight, food and fun.

Exercising regularly and engaging in any physical activity can help improve health and cause a longer, healthier life. Fitness doesn’t have to come from vigorous exercise on a daily basis—although finding the right exercise regimen for your body can benefit you greatly—but can be as simple and relaxing as gardening, going for a long walk, or even taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Being fit can also positively benefit those with health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, and fatigue.

Heavier body weight can be indicative of or a result of some illnesses or diseases. For instance, those with conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and arthritis should be cognizant of weight and body shape for this reason. However, as you age you shouldn’t only pay attention to your weight. While it is unhealthy to be overweight, weighing less is also something to keep an eye out for. Becoming thin or frail as one ages can be a sign of developing health issues like bone loss, depression or cancer.

Food is never far from mind and eating healthy has benefits for people of all ages. However, certain foods—namely those full of vitamins such as fruits and vegetables—can help decrease some health risks that become more of a possibility the older a person becomes.

Engaging in activities you love has been shown to increase health and happiness. Activities such as reading, dancing, playing musical instruments, volunteering in the community, and engaging in social activities have not only shown to lead to healthier lives, but also in some cases reduce the risk of dementia, showing that having fun might be beneficial to a healthier, longer life.

Content created by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-do-we-know-about-healthy-aging.