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Healthier Long Lives
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And here are a few Tips to get you started with your Active Healthy Living Plan
Maintaining an active lifestyle is important as you grow older. To live a healthy longer life it even becomes more important as you age because regular exercising can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and control symptoms of illness or pain. There are some studies that have shown exercising can help in reversing aging symptoms. Exercising will help more than just your body, it is also good for your memory, mood, and mind. Whether you are managing an illness or generally healthy, there are some simple changes you can make in your lifestyle. With the right lifestyle, you will be able to get more active, boost your fitness level and improve your confidence.
Making the changes can be a challenge for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. Many of the changes can be easy to start and maintain when done in the right way. Many people have been able to change their lifestyle by slowly changing their eating and exercise habits.
There are some aspects of aging you have very little control over, but the ones you can control will make a lot of difference. The risks of diseases also increase with aging, but there are some ways you can lower the risks.
Start by making small lifestyle changes
One challenge that many people have when trying to change their lifestyle is sticking to the new habits. The problem with many people is trying to make all the changes at once. This is a recipe for disaster because you will not be able to handle a lot of changes within a short period of time. This doesn’t mean it is impossible, but the effort needed to maintain the changes may be too much for you. Start with small changes then move to bigger ones once you are comfortable with the ones you have made. Building a healthy longer life takes time – so give yourself that time. Waking up and deciding to run for ten kilometers on the first day will do more harm than good.
Metabolism is the rate at which the body burns calories. One way you can improve your metabolism is by eating small meals throughout the day. Regular exercises can also help in boosting your metabolism. You will have to increase your effort when exercising because the body will get used to it and the benefits you get will be minimal.
Set long term and short term goals
Living an active healthy life will involve making changes to your lifestyle. Make sure you have goals both in the long and short term to keep you focused. Just deciding to live an active healthy life is not enough, but setting goals will help you know whether you are making progress or not.
Be active throughout the day
You don’t have to spend countless hours at the gym for you to be an active person. There are some simple activities you can do during the day that can help you burn calories. Example, take the stairs instead of using a lift, park your car farthest so you can walk as much as you can. Walking with your dog is also a simple exercise you can do without having to think much about it. Remember too – it is possible to go for a walk without a dog.
The type of food you eat is important because it will have an impact on your exercising routine. Pay good attention to good nutrition and cutting back on sodium. Limit your intake of foods high in unhealthy fat and eat more of healthy fats such as omega 3. You should also ensure that your diet is full of fruits and vegetables.
Processed foods should be substituted by healthier alternatives such as whole grains. You should see your medical provider to help you determine your daily requirements and if you need to take nutritional supplements.
Set aside thirty to sixty minutes daily for physical activity. Aerobic exercises will help with your heart health with weight bearing exercising helping reduce the risk of osteoporosis. You have different aerobic activities to choose from, including jogging, walking, swimming, biking, dancing, hiking, and much more. Finding activities you enjoy doing will make it easier for you because you will be more likely to stick to it. Ensure you talk with your health provider before you start any exercising routine.
Staying active mentally is also important because it improves brain function and overall health. Ensure you stay in touch with people important to you, like family and friends. Take up an interesting hobby you have always wanted to know more about.
Maintain a healthy weight
Metabolism slows down with age, making it harder to keep your weight in check. You may start to notice some changes in your body shape and find you have less energy. This is usually true for women after they have reached menopause. When in the 50s, your body tends to replace muscle mass with fat. This means that less fat will be burned and the weight gain can prove to be difficult to break, but it can be easily broken through with the right diet and exercise.
Avoid smoking and using tobacco products
Quitting smoking is not an easy thing to do. This is why you find many smokers know the dangers but they can’t seem to stop. There are a number of good programs that have been shown to work for a person trying to quit smoking. If you have been a smoker, quitting will be the best decision you will make when it comes to your health.
Get enough sleep
Your sleeping patterns will change as you get older, but getting enough sleep is an important thing at any age. If you find difficulty sleeping or you are more tired than usual, then you should go see your health provider. Not having enough sleep can lead to other problems. Your body will also have less time to relax.
This is a great trick that you can use. When you have a dream or target, start visualizing that you have achieved it. Think how good you will feel when you finally start to live an active healthy lifestyle. This will motivate you to work harder towards your health goals. Remember to celebrate your successes and appreciate the benefits you already get from the level of health you already have.