Aging is inevitable, but there are habits you can make part of your daily life that can help you grow older gracefully.
In addition to what you eat and how often you exercise, Real Simple notes keeping a good attitude and maintaining connections also play an important role. According to the magazine, these are the habits people who age well make part of their lives.
Keep a Good Attitude About Getting Older
The Journal of the American Medical Association says if you are able to think of aging as an opportunity to gain more wisdom and if you are able to feel satisfied with your age, you are 40 percent more likely to recover from a disability and this mindset can help you be more resilient -- both emotionally and physically -- to the toll aging takes on our health. If you need a boost to your mood, consider enjoying one of these healthy snacks (including chocolate) that are filled with mood-boosting things like B vitamins, amino acids, and good fats.
Eat More Whole Foods and Less Processed Items
The Doctors have been stressing the importance of avoiding processed food for years and Dr. Jeffrey Benabio, the director of healthcare transformation at Kaiser Permanente, agrees, explaining, “The latest research shows that a low-glycemic diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is healthiest." He also encourages people to stay away from foods high in processed sugars, items that are carbohydrate-heavy, and unhealthy fats. If you need inspiration in the kitchen, The Doctors are here to help with healthy meal ideas and recipes that focus on using whole and unprocessed foods.
Avoid Eating until You Feel Stuffed
Real Simple experts stress you should be eating until you feel satisfied, and not until you feel stuffed, noting that overeating can lead to all sorts of health issues like a shorter life span, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. Find out the trick we love to use when dining out that can help you avoid overeating!
As we age, we lose muscle mass and for some memory can begin to fade. But exercising regularly and making activity part of your daily life can help retain your muscle and strength, while also possibly helping to reduce your risk of dementia. The Doctors note being successful at staying active often has nothing to do with losing weight. Learn about the signs your exercise routine is having a positive impact on your health regardless of what the scale says.
Keep Your Friendships and Relationships Active Too
Spending time with your family and friends -- along with taking part in community groups, volunteering, and social groups based on your interests -- can help you live longer. According to a study, people who kept strong social connections reportedly have a 50 percent chance of living longer compared to those with poor social relationships. Get more tips and ideas on how to stay connected and maintain strong relationships with loved ones.
Protect Your Skin from the Sun
In addition to wrinkles and skin cancer, too much sun exposure can take a major toll on the appearance of your skin. Experts stress you should be wearing sunscreen (and a sun hat and sunglasses!) any time you are outside and they suggest applying sunscreen daily. Find out the sunscreens we recommend using to best protect your skin!
Sleep is so important to our overall health and not getting enough of it (7 to 9 hours each night) can lead to health issues like obesity, Alzheimer's, heart disease, depression, and diabetes. Also, the experts note when we sleep the body releases a growth hormone that restores collagen and elastin, which helps keep the skin young and healthy. If you are a sleep procrastinator, The Doctors have tips from a sleep expert that can help you get better sleep and create a nightly routine that will help you unwind and fall asleep faster.