According to the MacArthur Foundation—an organization that conducted the most extensive and comprehensive study on aging in America—the way you live is more important in determining your health and vitality than your genetic makeup. Surprised? The Mayo Clinic’s book on Healthy Aging agrees by saying healthy aging doesn’t occur by accident.
It is estimated that 70% of premature death and aging is lifestyle related. Here is some anti-aging advice to keep that from happening to you:
- Start with light aerobic exercise like swimming, walking or riding a bike. Gradually move up to more strenuous exercises. The idea is to go for distance, not speed.
- Strength or resistance training at least twice a week will increase muscle growth, slows bone mass decline, increases the strength of muscles and tendons and improves your coordination.
- Stretching, yoga and/or Tai Chi help to improve your flexibility and connect your mind, body and spirit. An optimistic view on life can increase your body’s immune system.
- Nutrition is also important as it fuels your body to be more active. However, you should limit red meat, carbohydrates, starches and sugars. Avoid white bread, white rice and potatoes. Replace junk food with veggies, fruits and whole grains. Surprisingly, consuming alcohol in moderation is actually good for you.
- Keeping your mind active and connected is also important. Get involved in social activities and volunteer opportunities. Make a job out of a new hobby or passion. Don’t let yourself become lonely.
Harbor’s Edge in Norfolk, one of the best retirement communities provide everything you need to live a happy, fulfilled, preventative care lifestyle without the worries of maintaining a home. Come for a tour and find out how you can turn back the aging process just by changing your habits and perspective on life. It’s all here for you.