five Secrets to Healthy Aging

Aging gracefully is actually easier than what you think, all it takes is a few simple habits to make living healthy, a lifestyle.  Here are a few tips from the world's healthiest populations...Blue Zones.

MAINTAIN YOUR BRAIN

Believe it or not, keeping your brain as active as ever plays a huge role in keeping your body active as well. While some cognitive decline is bound to happen, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your mind sharp. For example, if you're a music lover you can try your hand at taking dance lessons or even learning to play a musical instrument. Or if you love to travel, learn a foreign language of the land to which you will visit. By always challenging your brain, you'll be sure to stave off aging as long as possible. 

Visit Family and Friends

Believe it or not, keeping your brain as active as ever plays a huge role in keeping your body active as well. While some cognitive decline is bound to happen, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your mind sharp. For example, if you're a music lover you can try your hand at taking dance lessons or even learning to play a musical instrument. Or if you love to travel, learn a foreign language of the land to which you will visit. By always challenging your brain, you'll be sure to stave off aging as long as possible. 

An Ounce of Prevention

Even though many seniors are prone to falls or other accidents, using an ounce of prevention can guarantee many additional years of healthy aging. For example, wearing comfortable and sensible shoes can help lower the risk of a fall, while getting a yearly flu shot and taking Vitamin D and calcium supplements can result in healthy bones and a stronger immune system. 

Get Enough Sleep

According to scientists, humans are able to go longer without food than without sleep. Because of this, making sure you get seven to nine hours of sleep per night can virtually guarantee you'll age with grace and style. By developing a regular bedtime routine and keeping your bedroom quiet, you'll be able to avoid such potential problems as depression, falls, or memory issues. 

Reduce Your Sodium

While salt makes almost anything taste better, cutting down on your daily intake can help you live a longer and healthier life. According to nutrition experts, most people in the United States consume more than double the daily recommended amount of sodium, which can lead to a variety of health problems such as hypertension and heart disease. To make sure you don't experience these problems in later years, cut down on prepackaged foods and instead opt for more fresh fruits and vegetables. 

RIDE A BIKE

If you really want to stay healthy while aging, park the car in the driveway and ride a bike. Along with saving money on gas, you'll get some great cardiovascular exercise and see the world in a whole new light. With more and more communities offering bike trails for residents, this is an easy and inexpensive way to keep yourself feeling great year after year. 

By implementing these changes into your daily routine, you'll be able to find the fountain of youth and keep everyone wondering just how you stay so full of energy.

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