Healthy Aging Tips

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  1. Do not think or act how you think your current age should act, instead think of when your golden age was? Was it when you were 23? 34? 45? Picture yourself at that age and act that way now! When you act that way, it goes a long way into feeling better about yourself. Give yourself that other reason to love yourself.  (Tip: Don’t look in the mirror for approval, just feel it within you!)
  2. Do you catch yourself complaining a lot? If you do, check yourself at that moment and change your thought into something positive. Choose positivity in your conversations and actions every day! Replace that negativity with positivity. (Tip: Take a deep breath and rephrase your thoughts from can’t to can.)
  3. Fix your posture when sitting and standing. You can knock off a couple years by using this trick your parents tried telling you about. Do you catch yourself with your shoulders shrugged? If that’s the case, bring your shoulders back, pick your chin up, keep your neck straight. Practice that every day until it starts feeling natural. You will look and feel great! (Tip: Grab a chair sit up straight against for 10 minutes a day and before you know it, it’ll become a force of habit.)
  4. Drink water! As repetitive as it may sound drinking water is essential! As a person ages, it can be difficult to tell when your body is thirsty. So, it’s important to drink water throughout the day as it’s recommended adults should drink 6-8 eight-ounce glasses of water. (Tip: Create a logbook or download an app that tracks how much water you’re drinking daily.)
  5. Challenge your brain daily. Having memory lapses is something common when it comes to aging, but challenging your mind with activities is a good way to keep your brain working. Doing activities such as making puzzles, doing crosswords, or even just playing music can work your brain and keep it young! (Tip: Grab a newspaper and read it or download a brain teasing app to keep your mind stimulated. )
  6. Keep up your regular check-ups with your physician. Make this month the time to set up your annual phys­i­cal and other health screen­ings. This is essential in being able to manage your health and be aware of. (Tip: Schedule a visit with your physician today.)
  7. Go outside! Yes, I know it’s hot in Arizona but being outside can be a great stress-reliever. Just looking at nature, breathing in some fresh air can be good for you, so good in fact, it has been shown that spending time outside can increase concentration. So, when the sun starts going down, go sit on your porch or in your backyard and start absorbing some of that much needed Vitamin D. (Tip: Wake up early when the sun is starting to rise and enjoy some of that nice cool weather. )
  8. Do some exercising! Having an exercise routine can help reduce stress and even delay or prevent certain diseases. You don’t even have to go through an excruciating workout or exercise routine, something as simple as taking a walk can get the job done. (Tip: Schedule 30 minutes a day dedicated to doing some form of exercise even if it’s just to take a walk around the block.)
  9. Make sure to smile. Research shows peo­ple who smile more often are hap­pier. It’s often the first thing people notice, so practicing good oral health is important to not only make yourself feel better about smiling but to your overall well-being. (Tip: Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and keep up to date with your dentist visits to keep that smile glowing.)
  10. Get enough sleep. Getting a fair amount of sleep can give you the energy you need to get through the day. Sleep can give you amazing results for your mood, memory, and attention span. It is recommended by experts to get anywhere from 7-8 hours of sleep every night. (Tip: Get on a sleeping schedule and follow it, also limit your naps throughout the day.)