The Ultimate Guide to Aging Gracefully (Part 3)
You’ve made it to part 3 — the final part of the guide to aging gracefully.
We’ve talked about some valuable topics so far, and if you have already tried some of them, there’s no doubt the results are already beginning to surface.
Chances are you feel more energized, happy, and alive...
Top it all off with these four things you need to do (or not do) so your body and mind thrive more than ever.
Give these a try for graceful aging...
Sharpen your mind
Much like you need to exercise your muscles, you also need to exercise your brain. Research shows that keeping an active mind supports the growth of new nerve cells, prompts your nerve cells to send messages to each other, and reduces the brain cell damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease.1
Both education and brain exercises can help your mind build up resistance to dementia. You may even notice you forget your keys less, or you’re able to solve problems easier.
Maintain your brain with these tips:
- Challenge your mind by learning an instrument or new language
- Read books on a regular basis
- Try something new every day
Not much good comes from sitting alone at home. Research shows that older adults who stay sociable and regularly spend time with a variety of people are more physically active, and they have a greater sense of well-being.2
What’s more is that those who stay isolated are more vulnerable to depression, anxiety, and social disorders.
Stay social with these tips:
- Join a local club or sports team that interests you
- Invite over the neighbors from time to time
- Get out and meet new people at local hot spots
Cut back on TV
Research shows that watching TV for more than six hours a day can take a whopping five years off your life compared to those who don’t watch TV.3 Not to mention all the time you could spend doing something healthy, new, and exciting.
Watching TV has a comparable mortality rate to obesity and inactivity. It’s also linked to a far higher risk of heart disease.4
Limit your TV time with these tips:
- Keep TV watch time under one hour per day
- Avoid all but your favorite shows and skip lengthy commercials
- Find a more active hobby you enjoy and have fun doing regularly
Volunteer and donate to charity
Giving and helping others isn’t as hard as you might think. In fact, it can be quite addictive — much like a “runners high.” Even more, you actually get a lot from helping others.
Numerous studies show those who give and help others have better self-esteem, more happiness, lower blood pressure, less stress and depression, and live longer.5 Who knew that giving could be so beneficial for your health?
Help others with these tips:
- Volunteer at your local food pantry or soup kitchen.
- Thoroughly research organizations to donate to (keep an eye out for scams).
- When in line at a fast-food restaurant or supermarket, pay for the person behind you.
Speaking of giving to others, share these tips with your friends and family. Everyone deserves to age gracefully.
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ