As Americans are living longer than ever, it appears necessary to remember that age is a state of mind. It may be harder for our bodies to bounce back as they did in our youth, but we can enjoy our elder years in a healthy, active and productive way by adjusting our lifestyles. Vigorous physical and mental activities are key to feeling young at any age.
Retirement is a boon for many, but for some endless free time can be hard at first to handle. Staying active every day provides sustenance for the mind. Devote yourself in full to your hobbies and pursuits. If you have never had the time for a hobby, retirement provides a great opportunity to discover one. Hobbies are also a great way to get out of the house and meet other people with similar interests. Whether it involves travel, joining a club, attending conventions or making arts and crafts, get out there and do it! Staying busy also helps in warding off negative emotions.
Regular exercise is good for all ages but becomes particularly important for seniors. Keeping active lowers the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and dementia. Flexibility, mobility, and balance are also enhanced. Finally, exercise enables a more restful, deeper sleep. Seniors should get one to two hours of exercise per week, depending on how vigorous the activity. You should find some exercises that are especially beneficial to seniors. Start with a program of light walking and easy calisthenics.
Seniors should stay not just physically active but mentally as well. Studies suggest that working in social-oriented and cognitive-demanding professions can forestall the onset of dementia. Seniors can emulate these healthy activities by taking a night course at the local college or community center. It doesn’t have to be a formal academic course. Consider learning a new language or taking music lessons. Perpetual learning keeps the mind supple and the brain active. Setting learning goals also gives you a way to challenge yourself. Making and meeting goals forms the essence of a purpose-filled life.
For some, age is just a number. They naturally feel young even as they age. When tempted to start “feeling your age,” remember the benefits of thinking young. You are less likely to succumb to illness and more likely to get the most of these wonderful years of your life.
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