Living a Healthy Lifestyle is vital for healthy aging! We
need to keep our bodies, our hearts and our minds healthy in order to live,
laugh and love longer. Here are 10 very simple yet important steps.
- EAT WELL.
It is an undeniable fact that we live in a country with a plethora of
everything. BUT a low fat diet, filled with fruits, vegetables and fiber is
ACTIVE – KEEP MOVING. Physical activity (even 30 to 40 minutes of walking)
increases blood flow to the brain. It improves your mood and it positively
impacts your overall well – being. Exercise is also important for brain health,
a healthy heart rate, strength and flexibility.
- LEARN NEW
THINGS. Challenge your brain by learning new things. Read an interesting
book, start a foreign language, a new hobby. The more you learn, the more you
keep your brain active and prevents its incline.
ENOUGH SLEEP. Seven to eight hours of daily sleep are imperative for your
overall health. Insomnia and sleep deprivation can have a negative effect on
the immune system, on memory, concentration and thinking.
SMOKING AND LIMIT ALCOHOL. Smoking can increase the risk of a serious
illness. Similarly, too much alcohol can also increase the risk of liver
cirrhosis, it can impair judgement, alertness and potentially lead to
accidents, crashes, falls and broken bones.
CONNECTED. Social interaction and an active social life are pivotal for
brain health, cognitive stimulation and your overall mood. Humans are social
beings and they need people around them. So invite your friends and family over
for a dinner, a barbeque party, board games or just a “hang-out” coffee. You
might want to organize a neighborhood event and get to know your community
better. It will all work to your advantage and benefit your psychological and
- KNOW YOUR
BLOOD PRESSURE. Check your blood pressure regularly and make sure that it
is within the normal range. If at any point you feel like it is not, visit your
doctor! Irregular blood pressure can be an indication of a heart issue which
you would want to prevent and avoid. It can also impact cognitive function so
GET TO IT!
- GET YOUR
DOCTOR. It is really important to keep your doctor informed on all and any
changes regarding your health. Get regular checkups and do not miss your
- GET A
MEMORY SCREENING. A memory screening test is a simple and safe tool that
checks memory and other evaluation skills. It assesses memory, language skills,
thinking ability and other intellectual functions.
STRESS. Unfortunately, we all get stressed and anxious more than a few
times during the day. However, stress and anxiety have a very negative effect
in our health. They can contribute to many health issues, among others, high blood
pressure and heart disease. So aim to find active ways to reduce your stress
since it will make you feel better!