6 Habits of People Who Age Well

March 27, 2017

Sure, growing older affects nearly every part of your body—including your hair, skin, heart, muscles, and more—but aging well may be as simple as adopting these easy everyday habits.

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1. Maintain a positive attitude
You are what you think you are when it comes to aging. Older adults who think of age as a means to wisdom and overall satisfaction are more than 40 percent more likely to recover from a disability than those who see aging as synonymous with helplessness or uselessness.

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 2. Watch What You Eat 

Nutrition plays a major role in how your body ages. “The latest research shows that a low-glycemic diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is healthiest. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as walnuts, salmon, and flaxseed,
help your skin manufacture the essential oils it needs to protect itself and can help skin look younger. In contrast, sugary, carbohydrate-heavy, and fatty foods—think, chips, soda, and white bread—can speed up the aging process.

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3. Watch How Much You Eat

Overeating may lead to a shorter life span, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. To age well and live longer, it’s best to stick to a balanced diet that consists of about 2.5 cups of vegetables, 1.5 to two cups of fruit, six ounces of grains, three cups of dairy, and five ounces of protein each day.

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4. Exercise Regularly

Staying active is a vital part of aging well. The average woman can lose 23 percent of her muscle mass between ages of 30 and 70. You lose muscle more rapidly as you age, but exercise—resistance workouts in particular—can increase mass and strength, even well into your 90’s. Staying fit may also reduce age-related memory loss.

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5. Stay Social

Friends and relatives can help you live longer. Those of us with strong social ties were shown to have a 50 percent higher chance of living longer than those with poor or insufficient relationships.

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6. Get Plenty of Zzz’s

You probably know that you should snooze for seven to nine hours each night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. But did you know that not sleeping enough may mean a higher risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Plus, naps can improve memory and even help make up for missing nightly Zzz’s. And it turns out that “beauty sleep” isn’t a myth. During sleep, your body releases a growth hormone that helps restore collagen and elastin, the essential building blocks of young, healthy skin. Recent studies have also shown a connection between insomnia and accelerated aging of the brain. In other words, chronic lack of sleep adversely affects your brain’s function and speeds up the aging process. So what are you waiting for?…get to bed!

One response to “6 Habits of People Who Age Well”

  1. Linda Rowlette says:

    Great reminders!
    A note to say that being on the 10-week challenge has not only helped me start losing weight, but my cholesterol levels are back in the normal range again my doctor informed me last week. What great news that was! No meds needed to control cholesterol–simply healthy eating and some exercise!

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