Aging occurs gradually over time. So too do some of the negative consequences that go hand in hand with the process. This, however, is a good thing. It allows time for us to make adjustments in our life that will better equip us for dealing with those changes. Take the time now and consider the following suggestions that will make your life easier.
Make sure to get sun, but not too much. As you age, it’s important to find a balance when it comes to taking in direct sunlight. It’s important, as sunlight is a great way to get vitamin D into your system, but too much sun can have seriously effects on aging skin like sever burns and skin cancer. Manage your time in the sun, and when you are out in it, wear high SPF sunscreen.
Some people may have gray hair early on, yet most people experience getting grey hair as they age. Some people prefer to just go grey and others wish to cover up grey hair. If you are not sure about permanent hair colors there are products that are temporary and you can try those out first before committing to a permanent coloring product.
A great way to slow the aging process is to eat healthy. Unhealthy diets contribute to the aging of your heart and other organs in a faster manner than what is necessary. Some things to focus on are eating plenty of whole grains and restricting your fat and cholesterol intake.
Stay active and aim to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity everyday. Weight bearing exercise builds strong bones which will help to prevent fractures as you age. Exercises, such as yoga or pilates, also allow you to maintain flexibility, so you will retain your mobility as you get older.
As we get older, and reach the ages when certain medical tests are recommended. It’s important that we actually get them done as soon as possible. Getting tests like mammograms and colonoscopies might be bothersome and inconvenient, but they can save lives when they detect a dangerous disease in its early stages, and thereby increase your chance of survival.
It’s especially important for the elderly to wear sun block when they will be in the sun for extended periods of time to prevent skin damage. A health food store is an excellent place to look for all-natural sun block. It’s never too late to start protecting the skin, and don’t forget about the hands!
If you want to age gracefully, then you should try to do something you like every day. By doing this, you will get fulfillment out of each and every day because you are doing something that you look forward to, which keeps you motivated to continue and keeps the enjoyment flowing.
By accepting the fact that we are aging and that certain changes will accompany the aging process, we can better prepare for those changes. The tips outlined above should help us on our way to doing just that. Whether we need to establish certain habits or make changes in our living situation, the time to do it is now.