Ten Tips For Healthy Aging

1. Eat a balance diet

One that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fiber and low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. A well-balanced diet can provide your body with essential nutrients needed to achieve and maintain optimum health.

2. Be physical active

Try to incorporate 30 minutes of activity into your day, every day. The options are endless; starting walking on the beach in the mornings, join a yoga class, try jogging with a friend, sign up for a basketball league, or go for a bike ride in the afternoons.

Make sure you choose activities that enjoy, that way you will be more likely to make them a habit.

3. Get regular preventive check-ups

See your doctor regularly; remember your doctor is your partner in healthcare.

The two of you are working toward the same goal-your optimum health. By having regular checkups, you may be able to catch small problems before they become big problems.

4. Don’t smoke

Cigarette smoking is the m\number one cause of death. It is never too late to quit. Your body will begin to feel the benefits almost immediately. Did you know that after one day of quitting, your risk of having a heart attack decrease?

5. Be safe

Use common sense and be street smart. Don’t put yourself in situations that are questionable.

6. Avoid environmental extremes

Protect your skin when you are outdoors-don’t get too much sun. Dress appropriately for the weather and avoid getting too hot or too cold.

7. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation

For a man under 65, moderation means no more than two drinks a day; for a man over 65 or woman of any age, moderation means no more than a drink a day.

8. Keep your personal and financial records in order

Start planning now for your long-term housing and financial needs.

9. Stay in touch with family and friends

Get to know your neighbors. Take the time to be involved with your community. By creating a strong social network, you will not only have friends to celebrate with when good things happen, but also a support system in difficult times.

10. Keep a positive attitude

Studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude tend to live longer, and lead healthier and happier lives. Try to find the humor in life. And remember to laugh; several studies have shown that laughter makes you feel better.

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