There are over 76 million baby boomers today over age 50. And the first of the 82.1 million generation x-ers are about to reach that milestone. One thing all generations have in common is the desire to stay active and healthy for as long as possible.
The secret to aging well is to establish a healthy lifestyle early, and stick to it as you grow older. These six healthy lifestyle ideas from Healthy Aging are sure to help:
Take cat naps: Naps are beneficial for people of all ages, not just toddlers. A study revealed people who take naps are 37 percent less likely to die from heart disease.
Mix and mingle with the right crowd: Your mind plays an important role in your ability to age well and maintain a high quality of life. Being engaged and maintaining positive social connections can help you retain cognitive function as you age. Surround yourself with positive people who help lift you up and encourage you to follow your dreams.
Stay active and exercise regularly: Being active is also important for health and longevity. Regular physical activity reduces your risk of dying from heart disease, and decreases your risk for colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. Regular exercise also offers the following health benefits:
Set realistic goals: Make a plan to clearly define where you are going and how you will get there. Research has shown those who have a clear sense of purpose and drive have a less chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
Budget and spend your money wisely: Create a budget to track where your money is going. Try to cut down your expenses. Not being able to afford the things you want to do in life can add stress your life.
Eat foods that give you natural energy: Proper nutrition is vital to maintaining good health. Follow a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fiber, and reduce fat and sugar intake. Improving your diet could extend your life and reduce the occurrence of chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke and diabetes.