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Getting Older: Tips For Keeping Yourself Young

Aging has a dark underside that sometimes means that our physical and mental vitality leaves us and we wilt in our twilight years. But this does not need to be. On the bright side, we know that we can preserve our bodies and our minds, and enhance our vitality. This article focuses on the art of growing older and what measures we can take to get the fulfillment out of life that we desire.

Stay younger longer by staying as happy as possible. Stress is a direct factor in damage that is done to your body. By avoiding stress and doing things you love you will stay younger longer. Try taking up meditation and get out of the house and have fun.

Keeping your weight under control is one key to getting older well. There are a number of ailments related to obesity which exacerbate age-related illnesses. In order to keep your weight under control, you should exercise moderately and eat a balanced diet. Tracking your food intake with an online food diary makes this easier.

Developing good coping skills can improve the getting older process. Finding the silver lining around the clouds in your life has been associated with a longer life. If you are not naturally an optimist, it's never too late to change. By focusing on the positive in your life, you can be positive you will age better.

Make sure you're only drinking alcohol in moderation. For those under 65, this means you shouldn't drink more than two glasses a day. If you're over 65, this means you shouldn't drink more than one glass a day. If you're going to drink alcohol try drinking wine instead since it's shown to benefit health in small doses, unlike beer or hard liqueur.

If you feel your better years are behind you, try writing down your thoughts. This can be done through a poem, blog, letter or journal. Writing gets your brain working, and you can express who you are or may even come up with new ideas. The best part is you will realize how much knowledge and wisdom you already have with which you can impart to others.

No matter where you are living, decorate it to make it feel like home. As you age, you might discover that the home you are in isn't the home you expected to grow old in. If you have relocated to a new home, fill it with items that make you feel comfortable.

Sit down and have a nice cup of tea to slow the aging process. Drinking tea has two-fold benefits. First, tea has been shown to be chock full of antioxidants and cancer fighting compounds that help keep you healthy. Second, sitting down and having a cup of tea is a great stress reliever and good for your body and soul.

As you age, discuss with your doctor what vitamins and supplements you want to take. Often times our bodies become less efficient at extracting the nutrients we need from the food eat, so we need supplements. Ensuring you get the right nutrition is of paramount importance as you go through the growing older process.

Reflect on life. As you start to get on in years, it is a good idea to reflect on your life and what has worked and not gone so well for you. Take this time to forgive those who have wronged you and to make amends to people you have wronged.

As you become older you will start to find parts of your body not working as well as they used to. For some things, it is possible to take medication but for others, you will simply have to accept these facts. It can be hard to accept but the faster you do the easier it will be for you.

Our hectic times tend to push us into pointless, repetitive activity. Resist this. Take control of this precious time given you in old age. Read a deeply meaningful book. Reach out to someone in need, someone you wouldn't have met during your working life, and give each other the gift of appreciation and understanding.

Don't overeat! Overeating is one of the most common factors in shortening your life span. You don't want to starve yourself, but you should be conscious of the amount of calories you're taking in each day. Check with your doctor and find out the amount of calories you should be taking in based on your age, gender, and body type, and try to stick to that number.

Keep information about your medications on you at all times. This will help you avoid confusion if you need to buy items from different suppliers. A medication list will allow your doctor or pharmacist to ensure that none of your prescriptions will put your health at risk.

Search for sports groups in your area to join activities with people who are your age. This will help to get your blood pumping with your peers so that you are not sitting home and watching television. The more active you are, the more vibrant your skin will look and the more fit you will become.

Make sure you prepare for an emergency. As you age you can't move as quickly as you did when you were younger, and it might take you longer to get things together or remember things in a pinch. Have some things in place for when there's an emergency and you need to act fast.

An aspirin a day will keep the doctor at bay, and also help you reduce the risk of heart attack for a longer life. The American Heart Association now recommends a low-dose of aspirin for patients who have had a previous heart attack, are in high risk classes for heart attack, and those who have unstable angina. Consult your doctor to find out if aspirin is right for you to lead a longer life.

If you want to live longer and lead a healthy life, get out and walk. The guide to walking is to walk five thousand to ten thousand steps on a daily basis. Get an inexpensive pedometer to keep track of your steps and get out and walk. You don't have to be an experienced marathon runner to enjoy the benefits of good health.

As was mentioned earlier, growing older is something we have no choice or say in. However, with the right ideas put into place, aging can be slowed and even embraced as something wonderful. Keep the nuggets of wisdom from this piece in mind in your coming years, and you can embrace your future.

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