3. Adopt a pet
Pets can help fill the void that an empty nest often creates for some people. Studies have shown that people with pets have lower cholesterol, heart diseases and overall visits to the doctor. Having a dog also gives you a reason to go for a daily walk, which is an excellent form of exercise.
5. Rediscover sex
Just because you’re aging doesn’t mean you have to forgo sex. It’s important as a form of exercise and for your happiness. With age, the experience might be different, and better - you have more time, fewer interruptions, and you know what you like.
6. Beware of salt
Blood pressure tends to increase as we age, and sodium is often the cause. Salt is often hidden in food such as packaged or canned foods, bread, and rolls. If you want to combat sodium naturally, eat a banana. Their high potassium content keeps your blood pressure low and helps lessen the effect of sodium in your diet.
7. Be more selective with your food choices
Because your metabolism slows down with age, you need fewer calories in your diet. This means you have to be more selective about your food and choose foods packed with nutrients. Good choices are leafy green vegetables, or fruit or foods fortified with vitamins, such as cereal and milk. It’s also advisable to cut down on candy and sugary drinks, as they tend to have lots of calories.
9. Choose strength-building exercises
A recent study found that regular strength training helped reverse the aging process in the muscles of older people. Make sure to include both aerobics and muscle building in your exercise choice.
10. Be a social butterfly, and volunteer
Studies show that people, who socialize with family and friends, have lower risks of memory problems and generally have sharper minds. Similarly, volunteering has been linked to longevity and lower rates of heart disease. Studies reveal that the earlier you start, the lower your health risks.
11. Include balance exercise in your life
When choosing a form of exercise consider, Tai Chi or other balance-focused movements. This can help you prevent future falls and injuries. A study found that six months of Tai Chi helped reduce the chances of falling in half.
12. Engage in learning
Seeking new experiences keeps the mind young and healthy because they help build new pathways in the brain. Try a new language, musical instrument or new hobbies. This can also help you make new friends and expand your options for excitement and happiness.