Aging is a natural process that we all go through. From the time we’re born, our bodies begin to age. It’s not something that should cause embarrassment, and there’s no reason to try and avoid it (because that’s not possible!). However, there are things you can to do to help your body age in a healthy, graceful way. Here are three actionable tips for healthy aging that you can apply to your own life.
We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” Figuratively speaking, the saying is true: Eating a nutritious, healthy diet is crucial to human health, and it’s an integral part of aging healthfully. Whole foods, in particular, have been shown to assist with aspects of the aging process including disease prevention and life expectancy. Good, whole foods to stock up on include vegetables, nuts, and fruits. If you aren’t used to eating whole foods, try to cut back on unhealthy snacks, such as processed foods, as a first step.
Another excellent way to help your body age healthily is to partake in exercise. Mostly any movement is better than none at all, but functional training can be particularly beneficial to the aging process. That’s because functional training considers the muscles you use in your everyday life. Functional fitness provides a full body workout with an emphasis on building strength and bettering balance, both of which are necessary for healthful again. Another benefit to functional fitness is that the movements will increase flexibility, which naturally decreases with age. Committing to a functional training regimen can enhance your quality of life by making it easier to do day-to-day activities.
Get Proper Sleep
In order to age in a healthy way, you need to be getting an adequate amount of sleep every night. Without enough sleep, our bodies will release hormones that result in cravings for unhealthy foods and behaviors. This may lead to unhealthy weight gain in older people. Additionally, lack of sleep will lessen your energy levels. You may feel too tired to work out or be active at all if you don’t get enough sleep, which means you won’t get any of the health benefits that exercise can provide.
Aging is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to be something we dread. By taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle, you can help your body to age gracefully, and you can enjoy yourself along the way. If you have any questions about how functional training can benefit seniors, or if you’d like to schedule a free consultation, contact me today.