07/25/2018
How to Age Gracefully

Secrets to Aging Gracefully

It’s time to change our attitudes about aging. Our retirement years are some of the best years we can experience! Besides, they’re called the “Golden Years” for good reason. As we enter our Golden Years, we should do our best to live the highest quality life we can! The essentials of a quality life is a healthy brain and body. So, how can we ensure we live our Golden Years gracefully? Here are five secrets we’re going to give you so you can age gracefully.
 

  • Move it
  • Eat smart
  • Connected
  • Look on the bright side
  • Practice mindfulness

 

  1. Move it. We all know how important exercise is for us. No, you don’t need to transform yourself into a marathoner, all it takes is lacing up your sneakers and going for a walk! A good goal to shoot for is to stay active for at least 30 minutes per day. Another perk to exercising? It is energizing! In fact, research has found that spurts of activity can do more for your energy levels than caffeine. What is there to lose besides a few pounds, and nothing to gain but energy and happiness?
     
  2. Eat smart. It’s time we start getting serious about the food we eat. Food literally is our body’s fuel. Are we going to fuel our bodies with fresh, delicious fruits, veggies, whole grains, and nuts? Or, are we going to slow it down with butter, sugar, packaged foods, and processed meats? Our diet largely affects our physical fitness. You may have even heard that fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. Remember: you can’t outrun the fork. When you fuel your body the right way, your brain health will benefit.
     
  3. Connected. Staying social and connected to friends does wonders for your health. Actively engaging with others will use different parts of the brain. Socializing has a positive effect on the brain because of the mental exercise involved. Think about it: when you have a conversation with someone, the unpredictability of the conversation requires you to pay attention in order to follow along and contribute to the dialogue. Researchers believe that having social networks can help to manage stress by allowing us to share our struggles and deal with stress, and giving us a sense of purpose and well-being.
     
  4. Look on the bright side. We know that staying optimistic is sometimes easier said than done, but there is a lot of power to positivity. Laughing is a great remedy for many events in life – a good attitude is important to have in order to overcome life’s daily stresses. Laughing introduces additional oxygen into the body. Another perk to laughter? It’s good for the heart! Researchers have found that people with heart concerns actually laughed 40% less than people of the same age without heart issues. It’s time to see the humor in life and laugh away!
     
  5. Practice mindfulness. What is mindfulness, exactly? Mindfulness is when you are fully aware of your surroundings while having your mind be completely at peace. Research shows that practicing mindfulness is good for the brain. When we practice mindfulness, we are training our brain and forming new connections that support this kind of thinking. This helps us be mindful even when we are not consciously practicing mindfulness. How can we practice mindfulness then? Try out gardening, yoga, running, or just spending time in nature. You’ll be amazed at how much more relaxed and stress-free you will feel.

With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to embracing aging. Rather than fighting age, own it. Remember: your laugh lines are your badges of honor.