Getting older is unavoidable but the choices you make along the way are not. From the foods you eat and the ways you stay active to the relationships you form along the way, it all impacts the speed that you age. There are four factors that play a key role in the aging process.
- What You Eat – Simple changes in your eating habits can go a long way. Switching to a low-calorie diet can reduce your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and even improve functioning in your liver, fat and muscle tissue. Consider skipping processed meats on your next grocery trip as they contain four times more sodium than unprocessed meats.
- Get Moving – A body in motion will age much better than an idle one. A Mayo Clinic study found that interval training leads to changes in muscles at the cellular level, which in turn reverses the natural declining that occurs with aging. If you don’t exercise regularly, it’s not too late to start now.
- Brain Games – Healthy aging not only relates to your body, but your mind too. Studies have found that getting involved in activities that require higher-level thinking have the potential to reactivate pathways in the brain. Activities like intricate dancing, art, writing, and craft work are just a few ways to keep your mind and body young.
- Stay Connected – Socializing is a very important part of getting older; forming new bonds and maintaining old ones can potentially lengthen your life expectancy. Research has shown that people who have strong social connections are three times more likely to remain healthy for a longer period of time. Try volunteering or joining a club, stay in touch with friends and family, and avoid isolating yourself from others.
Shell Point residents benefit from a full-time Resident Life team, who provide a wide range of programming that target the six dimensions of wellness. To learn more about life at Shell Point visit www.shellpoint.org/lifestyle.