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How To Maintain Health & Wellness Regardless Of Your Age

How To Maintain Health & Wellness Regardless Of Your Age
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It's never too late to slow the aging process and reap the benefits of healthy lifestyle changes

Many people believe that because they are approaching a certain age or level of health that improved physical and mental wellness is beyond their reach. Quite the contrary. It’s never too late to slow down the aging process and reap the benefits of healthy lifestyle changes

Because of modern medicine people are living longer; making incorporating healthier habits into their daily routine more important than ever. Be guided by these tips and learn how to maintain health and wellness regardless of your age

Stay active

Exercise is one of the best ways to maintain physical and mental well-being. It can help prevent or provide relief from many chronic conditions; this powerful effect leads to something experts call “compression of morbidity.” It essentially means you stay healthy longer in your late years, as compared with someone who spends the final five or 10 years of life battling chronic illness.

Adhering to an exercise regimen will take commitment, dedication and determination. However, exercise need not be seen as a chore; stay fit by choosing activities that you enjoy participating in.

Eat healthy

The majority of adults in the US consume more than double the recommended daily allowance of sodium, which can lead to hypertension and cardiovascular disease; most of this high sodium intake comes from pre-packaged foods and restaurants.

Every cell in your body is made from what you eat and drink; your goal should be on forming and instituting a sound dietary routine. Be mindful of what you put on your plate, your body will thank you.

Quit smoking now

The evidence against smoking is overwhelming; there certainly are no shortage of reasons to quit. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that male smokers lose an average of 13.2 years of life and female smokers 14.5 years because of smoking.

If you’re a smoker and want to live a longer and healthier life quit smoking. It will be a giant step in on your road to wellness.

Be more social

Maintaining a social network is not only fun, but can also play a vital role in your health. Socializing has been proven to have a positive impact both physically and mentally and can be the key to a lifetime of wellness.

If you’re looking to live a long and healthy life, start surrounding yourself with good friends. A study from Brigham Young University found that people with social relationships live 50 percent longer than people who are more socially isolated.

Developing a support system and meeting new friends can not only help you deal with stress and shield you from its side-effects, but it can also inspire you to take better care of yourself.

Get your rest

While a good night’s sleep prepares you to take on the day, it’s importance goes beyond way beyond elevating your mood or eliminating dark circles. Adequate sleep is vital to living a healthy lifestyle. Your body must get the quality of sleep that it requires or you will suffer the consequences.

Sleep deficiency can negatively influence your memory, emotions, weight and appearance. When you’re fully rested and you’re getting the deep sleep you require your hormones work together to support your wellness goals.

Challenge your brain

Our culture tends to treat the mind and body as two separate entities. On the contrary, your brain will respond like your muscles do, growing with use and withering away with inactivity.

Research shows that there is surprisingly not that much difference between an 18-year-old brain and a 100-year-old brain. The thought that mental stimulation boosts cognitive performance and helps slow down the aging process inside and out continues to mount.

Don’t let your age stop you. Continue to expand your intellectual skills throughout your life keeping your mind active and fit; realize it’s never too late to learn.

Practice kindness

When you’re kind you demonstrate to others that they mean something to you. Even if the person is a stranger to you, you are recognizing that their life matters. When you give of yourself openly and freely, your physical and mental health improves exponentially.

Research reveals that simple acts of kindness like holding the door open for someone, donating to charity or buying lunch for a friend leads to a significant increase in a person’s positive mood. The kind act is often referred to as ‘helpers high,’ first producing a rush of euphoria followed by a period of calm and emotional well-being.

With the world being the frantic place it is, the smallest gesture or a kind word can brighten your day and bring you closer to others.

Find your balance

Maintaining wellness throughout your life involves so much more than meets the eye. It is the holistic connection between the mind, body and spirit; the understanding that a healthy mind supports a healthy body and a healthy body supports a healthy mind.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle isn’t impossible or even particularly difficult. The biggest determining factor in how well you age will be how well you choose to live. If you ignore your health it will go away.

Judy Molinaro is a wellness coach and master yoga instructor. For more information on practical solutions to your health contact her, judy@judymolinaro.com or call 386-871-0582. Sign up for her newsletter or follow her on Facebook.

This article was originally published at Fit You Wellness Solutions. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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