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Healthy Aging Month: Ways to Stay Active, Healthy and Mentally Fit

Edited by Rory Clark

Welcome to Healthy Aging Month!

Healthy aging is the process of growing old in the proper manner. It means living to an older age and having more positive thoughts, happiness, and good health.

This month is all about how we can learn to live healthily at every stage of our lives. Healthy Aging month highlights the importance of taking care of our physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being so that we can live happily and healthily for as long as possible.

The Benefits of Staying Active

We tend to underestimate the psychological benefits of staying active. Although it has not been scientifically proven, some studies suggest that being inactive can be as bad as being obese.

Regular exercise can help you sleep better, have better self-esteem, and feel less stressed out. It also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and slows the progression of Parkinson’s Disease.

How to Stay Active for a Lifetime

A few things can be done to stay active for the whole of one’s life.

One of the first things you should do is make sure that you get enough sleep each night. It is recommended that people get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. Cutting back on your sleep will not help you stay active for a lifetime, and it will only make it more difficult for you to function during the day.

Another thing you should do if you want to keep yourself active for as long as possible is to find an activity that you enjoy doing. This can be anything from running marathons, playing sports, or staying physically fit in some other way. Whatever activity it may be, make sure that it is something that makes you happy and helps.

Stay Healthy (Without Breaking a Sweat)

The average person in the United States spends $50 on health and wellness every month. Many don’t know that there are plenty of things you can do to boost your health without breaking a sweat. By making minor changes to your daily routine, you too can live your best life possible.

Mental Clarity as You Age

As we age, our brains lose some of the physical features that make them work well. But with a few lifestyle changes, you can prevent these changes from hindering your mental clarity.

As we age, our sleep-wake cycles change; it becomes more difficult to fall asleep at night and more challenging to stay asleep for an extended period of time in the night. 

Improving sleep quality will help maintain your mental clarity. In addition, eating healthy helps keep your mental clarity because it provides the body with essential nutrients that aid in brain functions such as memory and cognitive performance.

Exercise is essential for maintaining your brain function because it helps stimulate blood flow, providing oxygen for your brain cells. In addition, exercise helps improve attention span and planning.

A Lifetime of Health Begins Now

We are bombarded with messages about how much we should exercise, what we should eat, how we should sleep, and more. It is hard to know where to start, and it is easy to get discouraged when we don’t feel like our efforts are working. But the truth is that small changes can make a big difference – even if you only change one thing at a time.

Fighting Back Against “Nature”

Finally, it’s a good idea to look into your family’s medical history. Do some family tree research to see how old your relatives were when they died, and discuss your family history with your doctor. Your health care provider can advise you on how to work with them to ensure you’re fighting nature and genetics to live the most extended, healthiest life possible.

Some genetic diseases can be beaten by adopting a healthier lifestyle. By embracing healthy options, you can take preventive measures to ensure you’re as healthy as you can be as you enter your 60s, 70s, and beyond.

The best gift you can give yourself is to stay active and engaged. Staying physically and mentally active and cultivating social connections with friends and family are all essential parts of keeping your mind and body healthy.

Contact Us Today For Elder Law Guidance

At The Legacy Elder Law Center, we know that guiding clients through a difficult life journey takes more than a law degree. It takes the right kind of experience – both professional and personal. Contact us today at (703)-988-7975. We will help you get started on your comprehensive estate plan, asset protection, and planning for VA Aid & Attendance benefits. 

About the author

Rory Clark

Rory has more than 30 years’ experience practicing elder law, estate planning, asset protection, Veteran’s affairs, and special needs planning. Through his personal journey, Rory not only understands the complex legal issues involved as a professional but also the intense emotional issues as a caregiver.