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Aging is a fact of life, and no one can escape it. From the tender age of twenty-five, the ageing process begins. Although we can’t stop ourselves from getting old, we can take control of how we age. It’s never too late to make healthy changes that could alter the course of your life, making you feel more energetic, fitter, and happier. Ageing gracefully is possible, it starts with taking on board one or more of the choices below.
Just because you’re grown up, and then some doesn’t mean settling into the doldrums of predictability. Surprise people. Surprise yourself. ― Victoria Moran, Author of Younger by the Day
Cut Out Addictions
One of the most challenging and life-changing things you can do for your body and mind is to cut out an addiction. Be it alcohol or smoking; each has its way of harming vital organs while speeding up the aging process. You can quit, you just need to find the right help, such as support meetings and a counselor. It helps to let your family and friends know so that they can also support the change you’re making in your life. However, before you make any decisions, it’s vital to speak to your doctor beforehand. If you immediately stop drinking, for example, particularly when your body has almost become accustomed to it, you may cause more damage by trying to cut out alcohol entirely all at once.
Visit The Doctor More Often
While on the subject of seeing your doctor, seeing the doctor regularly, becomes more vital as you age. Please take a look at your current health insurance to see what level of medical care it covers. If you need to alter your plan to accommodate your changing needs as you age, it’s always possible to switch plans from, for example, Medicare Advantage to Medigap, check your research, and ask for advice before making any new commitments.
According to a study, when adults hit seventy-five, one in three men and one in two women don’t exercise anymore. Exercise is one of the pillars behind excellent mental health, and it can help ward off memory loss and depression and reduce your risk of various diseases and cancers.
Perhaps when you’re older high-intensity exercise such as HIIT workouts may not sound or look too appealing, and rightly so, the impact on your body can leave you with aches and pains for days. But there are other, more relaxed forms of exercise that you can do, to begin with, to build muscle mass and strengthen your bones. Gentle alternatives include low-intensity workouts such as cycling, yoga, swimming, and walking.
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It’s possible to take control of your health and, in turn, the way you age. It’s easier to ingrain healthy choices in your daily life if you start small, such as going to bed early and drinking more water. Each change shall make a big difference to the rest of your life. And then, once your healthy choices become a daily habit, it’ll give you the confidence and motivation to tackle other areas of your life that would benefit from improvement, such as cutting down on caffeine or cutting out cigarettes. All you need to do is start somewhere.