Once a person reaches a certain age, they become fully aware of what being mature is truly about. However, it is never too late to adopt a healthier lifestyle, as changes to your daily habits can occur at any point in your life.
These changes don’t have to be radical in nature and just because you are adapting them early, they don’t have to be swift but rather gradual. From altering your diet to socializing more, here are the X lifestyle changes you can adopt today and be grateful in your senior years you did so.
Adopting healthy dietary habits
When you hear that you need to alter your eating habits, the word that comes to your mind is probably starvation. However, there is no need to starve or skip meals if you want to be healthy when you get older but merely to drop a couple of ingredients to your meals and boost others. That is a great start to create a healthy habit that will expand your life and make you feel great in everyday life.
Changing your diet early in life is important because the human digestive system slows as older we get. For this reason, we should seek to consume more vegetables, high-fiber fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as early in life as possible. This will help regulate our metabolism and keep our body weight checked.
Furthermore, it is important to stay hydrated because the older we are, the harder it is for our body to stay hydrated, which is why seniors often have issues with dehydration. The bare minimum of two liters should be met on a daily basis, which is not that hard if you constantly carry a water bottle on your person. For people who are physically active, such as athletes, this amount rises to 3 liters per day.
Finally, you should look to reduce the number of detrimental foods, such as sugar, fat, and flour. There is a healthy alternative to nearly every food you like For example you can swap a beef steak with soya meat that even tastes similar to real meat.
Get enough sleep every night
As the day nears its end, the levels of melatonin in our body rise. This hormone regulates our sleep-wake cycle, so it is essential that we listen to our body when it signals that it’s time to call it a day and go to sleep.
Seniors often experience insomnia and waking up in the middle of the night, so it is essential that we disrupt the sleep cycle as little as possible when we are young. This means switching the lights off at nighttime and restraining from looking at the screen (smartphone, laptop or TV) at least an hour before going to sleep.
Any good physician will tell you that prevention is more important than treating illnesses when they occur. We need to assume an active role when it comes to our health and visit the doctor from time to time to get a medical checkup.
Early detection is crucial for many diseases, from cancer down to a common cold. If we are able to prevent diseases or to detect them early on, we ensure we are in excellent shape in our senior years.
Take care of your eyesight
It is not uncommon for the elderly to wear glasses because our eyesight deteriorates as we age. Regular checkups are important if we want to avoid having our vision impaired. Check your prescription more often after you reach 50 because wearing the right pair of glasses reduces the chances of falling and injuring ourselves.
Don’t forget about mental health
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are among the most frequent diseases seniors suffer from in terms of mental health. Since stress is a long-term factor that contributes to mental health issues, we should try to keep it checked for as long as we can.
In this sense, seniors should try to stay not only physically fit but mentally active as well. Something as simple as solving crosswords has the power to stimulate their brain cells and help thwart the development of countless mental diseases.
The older we are, the more important it is to constantly challenge ourselves. Writing letters, talking to loved ones, and taking up hobbies are all activities that will help is keep gong and stay sane. If a senior is well-motivated and brimming with intrinsic motivation, they will be able to counter the effects of physical illnesses that plague our senior years.
The importance of socializing
Another key aspect of mental health is meaningful interaction with other people. Seniors should actively look to preserve their social circle and expand it. Interacting with other people will help seniors stay connected with their children, grandchildren, and friends. As a result, they will be motivated and energized, ensuring their quality of life doesn’t drop.
Keep your hands busy while quitting smoking
We’ve mentioned in the introduction that adopting healthy life habits is not an abrupt process. The best example of this is quitting smoking. We don’t have to waste words explaining all the ways smoking is detrimental to our health but it’s worth noting that we don’t need to stop smoking with a span of a single day or a week.
A gradually quitting process is much more viable and it includes switching to other activities to ease the transition. We can see more and more people buying hand grippers as the initial step of quitting smoking for good. Vape pods are another alternative as they come with various vape accessories that allow consumers to choose from a variety of flavors.
Seniors experience difficulties breathing so it is vital that we reach a certain age without tobacco deposits in our lungs. Substances such as tar can remain in our organs for years after we stop smoking, preventing our body’s immune system from fighting diseases and infection when we need it the most. That iswhy hand grippers or even roasted sunflower seeds are perfect to keep our hands busy.
As Mark Twain famously said: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” This principle is the essence to living long and being able to enjoy every minute of our lives. The changes to your lifestyle you make now will echo in the decades to come.
This guest post was graciously provided by Ron Wolf. Ron is a hobby designer and a DIY enthusiast, and, above all, a very blessed father of two. Besides that, he has a strong passion for writing. He is a featured blogger at various blogs and magazines in which he shared his research and experience with the vast online community. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family. Hiking, bike riding, and BBQing are always a thing for him. In the evening, he likes to watch documentaries or build something with kids in their lego corner.