While there is no actual fountain of youth that anyone has discovered yet, you can still feel young at heart for as long as you want to. Despite medical issues that may require constant attention, many elderly people still enjoy life and explore the beauty of the world.
When it comes to living longer and the having energy to keep going even as you age, there are some basic things you can do. Being healthy, staying active, and simply having fun are all excellent tools of the trade.
Your diet can play a fairly large roll in your health and how long you live on this earth. If you fill up on artery clogging foods then you increase your risk of stroke and heart disease, which remain a couple of the most common causes of death in both men and women. Eat more fresh foods, and always eat your vegetables, and you’ll be on a better and healthier path.
What you drink can also play a huge factor in your health. Water is your best choice. Store bought fruit juices are just like drinking some sugar water most of the time. Soda is also a very bad option.
Staying active is also a very important part of staying young as you grow old. If you don’t get some physical activity in everyday, you will start to lose some of your flexibility (yoga is great for combating this) and you could start to develop joint pains. Of course, the right diet, rich in healthy fats and vitamins, will help your joints as well.
Drop Bad Habits
Soda and junk food aren’t the only bad habits you should drop if you want to live longer and stay healthy while you’re doing it. Cut down on your alcohol intake if you don’t want to kill your liver. Cirrhosis of the liver can be fatal.
You should also quit smoking. Smoking will kill you over time, and if it doesn’t, it can severely affect your lungs and ability to breath. You’ll get along better if you quit.
One of the biggest things that will help you stay feeling young into old age is having fun. If you are always angry and in a negative mood, then you won’t find the joy in life and that anger and stress may shorten your lifespan. Be more positive and do things you enjoy.
Some of those things you enjoy could be hobbies. Find some hobbies that help with stress relief, like hiking or bird watching. Other things that you may want to take up to help you stay energetic and feel younger include meditation, playing with the grandkids, and taking classes!