Getting older is never easy, especially once you start to notice the difference in how you feel. Feeling old may seem inevitable, but rest assured that there are ways to combat that. By introducing a few simple, positive, and healthy habits into your regular routine, you can enjoy a renewed sense of vitality, more energy, and many other positive health benefits.
Some of these habits can be more taxing levels of physical activity while others can be as simple keeping a positive outlook. These habits can help you maintain your mental and physical agility in your senior years and help to prevent depression and seclusion.
Through this article, we’ll provide you with five easy ways to help you stop feeling old and start feeling agile and young again.
1) Keep Active
Several studies have shown that remaining active in your older years can improve both mental and physical agility, helping you to feel younger. A recent study shows that even children can show a lifelong improvement in their health if they increase their physical activity, let alone seniors (Physical Inactivity: Associated Diseases and Disorders, Knight).
Keeping up the strength in your muscles and joints will help to minimize pain and swelling while also delaying disability brought on by old age for at least a few years.
2) Keep an Active Social Life
Maintaining friendships and an active social life can feelings of seclusion and depression while also keeping your mind in a quick and active state. This results in feeling younger and an ability to keep up with the many changes in life. It’s been proven beneficial to develop and maintain friendships in varying age ranges.
A common problem seniors have to face is that of losing friends due to old age, death, inactivity, and illness. Having some younger friends with which you can pass your time can help lower that risk.
3) Maintain a Healthy Diet
Eating poorly and becoming overweight can make even the youngest of people feel a decade or more older than they are as their energy and movement become limited. Eating greasy foods high in fat or too many carbs can slow you down, make your joints swell and an increase in joint pain, and cause a decrease in energy; avoiding these foods can help to boost your energy and make you feel better on the whole.
4) Keep Your Brain Active
You may not think you can exercise your brain, but you can, and it can help you feel younger. Reading regularly, doing puzzles, playing memory games, doing things like improv or charades, etc. can help keep your mind agile and feeling young.
5) Have Some Fun
One of the best ways to feel younger is letting yourself have fun. Take part in as many fun activities as you can. Finding activities, you enjoy can help breathe life into your routine. You’re more likely to be active regularly if you enjoy the activities.
6) Keep working
Retirement is nice, but it leaves a great big gaping hole in your life. Purpose is great linked to life satisfaction, and satisfaction with life keeps you feeling young. You can also volunteer if you no longer want to work. The key is to stay busy and active in your own live.
Getting older is neither fun, nor easy but there are a few steps you can take to minimize the negative effects. Introducing a few healthy things into your regular routine like staying active, challenging your mind, and eating healthy can help you feel younger, not noticing the fact that you’re aging as much.
Maintaining a physically, mentally, and socially active lifestyle in your senior years can help to reduce depression, increase energy, improve and maintain memory retention, and gift you with a renewed sense of vitality.