Aging is a natural part of life. Some people age with grace, happily. Others have a hard time keeping a smile on their face after they retire; they see their remaining days as numbered. I like to think that aging has more to do with attitude, than a specific number.
Let’s take a look at five secrets to living a happier, healthier life:
Live with purpose. You’ve heard me talk about this many times; I’m passionate about this topic! When you have a deeper meaning and purpose in your life you’re more likely to make better choices and therefore live longer. Many people tend to lose that purpose as they age, but if you can refocus and figure out what’s truly important, you can live a happier life. Researchers from Harvardstudied more than 4,000 adults over the age of 50. And found that those who maintained goals had better physical functions than those who didn’t. My belief is that one of the best ways to live with purpose is to volunteer in retirement. Check out my website for lots more info on this topic!
Reduce and manage your stress levels. Stress can impact your body and influence whether you develop some serious medical conditions. There’s no denying that there’s stress everywhere — it’s how you deal with it that will determine its effect on your life. Managing stress through exercise, deep breathing, or mediation can add years to your life. Yoga is a great way to combat stress as it helps to calm the mind and body. It is also a good way to tone muscles at the same time. If your stress results in high blood pressure, ask your doctor about the best ways to deal with it. Ignoring stress can have numerous detrimental effects on your life and your longevity.
Cut out sugar. This is a tough one for many, but the cold, hard facts are that sugar could be making you age faster than you should. Too much sugar has also been linked to a cognitive decline which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.Researchers found that people with higher blood sugar levels had a quicker pace of cognitive decline than those who had lower blood sugar levels. Also, as you probably know, too much sugar in your diet can lead to diabetes and obesity which bring a host of problems along with them.
Try intermittent fasting. As we age, our bodies encounter a declining ability to process energy over time, which leads to aging and age-related disease. Fascinating new research has shown a link between intermittent fasting and healthier mitochondria, which appears to promote healthy aging. By manipulating the way our cells work, Harvard researchers discovered that people can live healthier and live longer lives.
Consider supplements, specifically Vitamin D-5. Ask your doctor about supplements you can take to stay healthy. There are many on the market, and it’s important to make sure that any you choose will not interfere with any medication you may be taking. However, VitaminD is often recommended because a deficiency in this vitamin has been linked to many age-related diseases. A simple blood test can determine whether your levels are low and if you need a VitaminD supplement.
Healthy and happy aging allows us to do many things in the second half of life that are fulfilling and fun. Hope you have found some inspiration in this list, and don’t forget that being a glass half full type of person can also help you live a happier and longer life.