As you may know, if you’ are “one of us”, the Average Oaks Guest isn’t a “20-something” ..or even “30-something” anymore. Our demographic is a powerhouse on many fronts. Many of us are approaching the aging process differently than any generation before us, with good health as our goal. So let’s clarify that goal!
Have a positive outlook on life. A sunny, optimistic attitude goes a long way! What you tell yourself (or let yourself be told) about getting older will CHANGE how you feel about it. What you think directly affects how you feel, so change your feelings about aging by choosing more positive thoughts!
Let go. Letting go of old (or new) grudges is a healthy act. Chronic anger is clinically linked to a variety of ailments, so forgive! It reduces anxiety, lowers blood pressure, and helps you to breathe more easily. Older doesn’t necessarily mean wiser- we get to choose our ‘tude!
Be Conscientious. One long term study found that being aware is an important key to a long and healthy life. Pay attention to details that matter, be intentional in regard to making healthy changes, and be consistent with habits and patterns yo655u know are right! Conscientious people are persistent people who choose healthy aging on purpose.
Stay Social! Pleasing interactions with other humans releases serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that gives you a sense of wellbeing. Choose your connections wisely, understanding that the habits of others will wear off on you! Stay plugged into your faith. Studies say that those who attend faith based services connect with others and live longer.
Eat and drink the good stuff. This is no time to give up on nutritional eating! You really “are what you eat” in some ways, so go after fresh stuff in its most original form. What did you eat yesterday? Today? Are there any better choices you could make tomorrow? What you take in today will change how you age tomorrow. Make water your beverage of choice! (See my “Wine? OH!” and “So-DUH” articles for more on beverage intake! Studies have proven one alcoholic drink a day is fine and healthy- two to four, not so much!)
Stop Smoking and live up to a decade longer. Need I say more?
Lose the weight! If you’re overweight, slimming down can lengthen your life. Belly fat is particularly harmful. Measure yourself- the healthy max is 40” for men, 35” for women.
Embrace Resting and Sleeping. The older we get the harder it is to get those needed 7 hours of sleep in a row, so don’t despair! EMBRACE NAPPING if necessary and get the sleep your body needs in a 24 hour period if it doesn’t all happen at night! Regular nappers are 37% less likely to die from heart disease than occasional ones. Naps help the heart by keeping stress hormones down. Balancing REST with WORK as we age is the right formula!
Move more and love your moves. Doing activities you love will make you more likely to carve the time you should for them. Remind yourself of your exercise preferences- you have choices in terms of where, when, with whom, and what! The why is the overwhelming evidence- those who exercise usually live longer and have healthier minds.
Giving Back. Numerous studies on healthy aging have cited the benefits of doing meaningful volunteer work. Those who live beyond themselves and invest in the lives of others ALSO benefit and are generally happier, healthier, and more satisfied with life.
Come home to the Oaks this summer or fall! Our team is getting older just like you, so let’s walk this road together and choose graceful, healthy aging!
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