Many of us are frightened of old age and the reasons for this are often the same: we don’t like the idea of becoming less mobile and less able to look after ourselves. Some of us will have seen our loved ones suffer in old age and we’ll be frightened that we may face the same fate.
Getting older will inevitably mean some decline in your health, but it doesn’t have to mean you become totally reliant on others. Here we will look at some of the things you can do now while you’re young and healthy to avoid letting your health deteriorate too much as you reach older age.
Antioxidants are nutrients in our diet that combat free radicals in our body. Free radicals are substances that can attack our cells leading to some of the visible signs of ageing, and which in some cases can break through in order to damage our DNA leading to mutations that may lead to cancer. Antioxidants are one of the best things you can get in your diet then if you want to try and prevent a number of health issues when you get older.
And Generally Improve Your Diet
Meanwhile other aspects of your diet can also help to fortify you against old age. Calcium for instance can help to strengthen bones and connective tissue to prevent injuries, while proteins and omega 3 fatty acids are important for your muscles and your brain and joints. Obesity meanwhile can put all kinds of strain on your body which you will have to answer for when you get older: the sooner you correct your diet the better the benefits will be.
Staying physically active is a highly important way to boost your health in older age. Many studies have shown that sitting still can actually take years off of your life, whereas being active can add them.
This doesn’t have to mean following an intensive training routine either: simply going for regular walks or using other gentle, regular forms of exercise can make a big difference. Staying active will also help you to build stronger muscles and bones which will help to prevent you from accidents as you get older.
Stress is very bad for you and can weaken your immune system while also placing strain on your cardiovascular system. Those who have a happy and optimistic outlook on life actually tend to live longer, so try to develop a healthy attitude if you want a healthy body.
Use Your Brain
To avoid age-related cognitive decline you need to use your brain. This is perhaps most important of all. Make sure you are constantly learning new things, constantly challenging yourself and always communicating with others.
This will keep your brain limber as you get into older age while also giving you a much fuller life to enjoy with your better health! Your brain will literally remain more plastic, allowing you to learn new things and feel better as you age.