Aging is inevitable. While the risk of developing certain diseases and ailments increases with age, it is possible to take steps to lower risks and promote healthy aging. Here are some tips to take on board today.
Exercise offers benefits for your health now, but it’s also a brilliant way of protecting your body and mind in the future. Physical activity strengthens the bones, improves flexibility, suppleness and mobility and reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems. Regular exercise can also lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. It can also help to enhance sleep quality and reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.
If you’re new to exercise, or you don’t hit the recommended weekly target of 150 minutes of moderate exercise, it’s very easy to get started and increase your activity levels. Using an activity tracker is a great way to build your fitness levels and stay motivated. If you’re currently doing around 3,000 steps per day, for example, set yourself a target of 5,000 and then move up to 7,000 and then 10,000. You can also try to increase the number of active minutes you complete per day. Simple changes like walking instead of taking the car out and going up the stairs rather than taking the elevator can make a difference. You can also explore beginners’ exercise classes and start being more active in your spare time. If you love being outdoors, for example, why not go for a hike or a bike ride on the weekends or try climbing or kayaking with friends?
Look after your eyes and ears
It is very common to experience issues with your sight and hearing loss as you get older. It is not always possible to maintain excellent vision and hearing as you age, but protecting your eyes and ears can help to slow deterioration and improve your vision and hearing. Protect your ears if you have a job that involves being exposed to loud noises or you live in a busy city, make sure your music isn’t too loud if you use earphones and consider wearing earplugs if you commute to work via train or the metro or subway. Rest your eyes if you use a computer or a tablet for work, use software to filter blue light and wear sunglasses on bright days. You can learn more about treatments for hearing loss online, but it’s also beneficial to seek advice from experts. Keep up to date with routine checks and assessments and don’t wait for your next scheduled appointment if you experience problems or you’re worried that your vision or hearing may be deteriorating.
Let your body rest and recover
Sleep is essential for restoring, repairing and recharging the body. Most of us experience sleepless nights from time to time. We can usually cope after a bad night’s sleep, but if you suffer from long-term sleep troubles, or you don’t get enough sleep on a daily basis, it’s important to take action. Sleep deprivation can increase the risk of mental and physical health issues. If you find it difficult to get to sleep, it’s beneficial to try to establish a routine and make sure your sleep environment is calming and tranquil. Set a bedtime and ensure that your bedroom is quiet and dark. Prepare your body and mind for sleep before you go to bed by doing something you find relaxing, such as reading, having a bath or listening to music. Seek advice from your doctor if sleep troubles persist.
Take care of your skin
We often think about our skin as soon as the topic of aging crops up in conversation. The skin is usually the first body part to show signs of aging. As you get older, your collagen and elastin stores become depleted, causing the skin to wrinkle and become saggier. Taking good care of your skin can help to delay the aging process. Always wear sunscreen, avoid the midday sun, stay hydrated and establish a skincare routine. As you reach your 30s and 40s, look for products that offer anti-aging benefits. Common ingredients used to maintain youthful skin include hyaluronic acid, collagen and retinol. Read reviews, ask friends and relatives for recommendations and seek advice from skincare experts if you’re unsure what to buy.
Aging is inevitable, but it is possible to reduce health risks and slow the aging process by taking good care of yourself. If you have a healthy lifestyle now, you will reap the rewards when you reach your senior years.