A Key to Getting Older the Healthy Way:
The amount of people living longer lives in dramatically increasing! Over 40,000 people last year reached the age of 100 years old. In fact, according to census projections, by 2050 over one million Americans will be making to 100 years old! Although good genes do play a considerable role in this, researchers are now starting to believe that chronic illnesses are not a consequence of aging, but it often results more likely from lifestyle choices that we can change! So, the big question: How can we live longer and most importantly, healthier lives? This is what the experts are saying:
- Welcome a Positive Attitude. Research shows having a positive outlook, being optimistic, and hoping for the best is the key to living a longer, healthier, and better quality of life. Positive emotions can directly affect health by helping the immune function and creates and strengthens bonds between supportive family and friends.
- Encourage Your Mind. The more educated we are, the longer we live. Benefits of education are even more important with age. Most centenarians were studied to have taken advantage of opportunities and possibilities that weren’t possible for them in their earlier years. Some examples are second careers, musical instruction, writing, learning a new language, taking classes on travel, or volunteer activities.
- Get Rid of Stress and Stay Linked. Learn to manage your stress from work or home. Experiment with meditation, and exercise are all good options to have to reduce tension and stressful environments. Also, stay close with your family and friends. Social connection guarantees we take good care of ourselves. Friends and family can also help you through hard times by offering different ways to cope and can boost self-esteem and mood.
- Healthy Diet and Exercise (of course!). Finding fun ways to stay in shape will help you live longer and actually enjoy your work out. Things like gardening, swimming, or even going for a walk or jog. Increasing muscle tissue will help burn more fat which can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Preventing weight gain can also be helped by eating healthier foods that are whole and natural. Things like fruits, vegetables, grains, unsaturated fats, white meat, fish, eggs and nuts are all a good sources of protein.
- See a Chiropractor! Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are not only trained, but licensed to examine and treat your whole body. They can examine your nervous and musculoskeletal system to help prevent disease and keep your body well!