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Want to Take Control of Healthier Aging? These Are the Essential Five Steps

October 1, 2023

As we age, we become aware that our physical and mental health, as well as dietary and social needs, changes over time. We can maintain control of our health by making the appropriate adjustments.

5 Steps for Healthier Aging

If you’re ready to take charge of your well-being, these easy to accomplish steps can help you keep your body and mind healthy as you age.

1. Get moving

Maintaining regular physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.

  • Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week.
  • Beginning physical activity can be as easy as walking for 10 to 15 minutes for three to four days per week and increasing as you go.
  • Make your physical activity FUN and something you enjoy doing! If making it social will keep you motivated, ask a friend to be your workout buddy.

2. Maintain a healthy diet

Eating right can help you stave off major health issues like obesity and the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

  • Eat appropriate portion sizes.
  • Eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and have them make up half of your plate.
  • Avoid excessively processed, especially ultra-processed foods.
  • Stay hydrated- adults should drink between 10-16 cups of water per day, depending on gender, living environment, and activity level.

3. Stay social

Along with increasing cognitive function, and boosting self-confidence and mood, healthy social connections as we get older also improves (and can help even prevent!) symptoms of anxiety and depression.

- Take advantage of technological innovations like attending online or in-person classes (employing appropriate safeguards) that interest you.

- Use Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp, text messaging, and even a good old-fashioned phone call to stay in touch with friends and family.

- Stay in contact with family and friends through in-person meet-ups.

4. Balance your body and mind

Regular exercise for older adults can not only improve overall fitness levels and quality of life, it also reduce the risk of disability or chronic conditions. Participating in regular physical activity has been shown to have a positive effect on both physical and mental well-being for seniors. 

- Maintain a positive attitude.

- Keep your mind active by reading, doing puzzles or other mentally stimulating actions.

- Keep your body active through mindfulness, stretches, yoga and similar pursuits.

5. Be proactive

Receive regular medical, dental, and vision checkups. Many diseases and health issues can be prevented when caught early.

Healthier Aging Starts with Peace of Mind

Life Insurance is the safest bet you can make and is something you should have to protect the ones you love. In fact, if you consider the financial burden that your final expenses can be on your loved one, not having life insurance is a gamble. Get a Whole Life policy today to make sure your loved ones are taken care of. You're guaranteed acceptance, even if you smoke or have weight issues. Plans are available from your very own association and its trusted partner AMBA. Joining is easy: you can purchase your policy online right now. It even includes a no-obligation 60-day return policy. Learn more about a Whole Life Policy through your association and AMBA at www.AMBAlifeinsurance.com or call 877-290-3173.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/stillgoingstrong/index.html

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