Healthy Aging: What can I control?

As we look to the future and think about getting older, one of the common concerns is that we all want to be healthy as we enter our senior years.  Some of us come from a long line of ancestors who live a long time and have very few health problems.  Others have ancestors who tend to have chronic health issues and while they live a long time, are challenged with maintaining good health later in life.  What can I do if I didn’t hit the genetic lottery?  How can I take action today to improve my chances of being healthy and active as I age?

Take a good look at the lifestyles of your ancestors.  Some of us think we inherited a strong history of heart disease, but when we look closely we see a strong history of lifestyle behaviors that contributed to the heart disease like smoking, obesity, and an inactive life style.  Lifestyle is a big factor in accounting for our likelihood of having chronic health issues as we get older.  Taking some basic steps today can help you overcome some of your genetic history.  Below is a list of ideas to help you control what you can to increase your chances for an active healthy life as you age:

  1. Don’t smoke, if you do smoke, quit.
  2. Exercise, even walking 3 or more times per week helps improve y our overall health.
  3. Eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.
  4. Drink water; try to limit sodas and soft drinks.
  5. If you drink, do so in moderation.
  6. Stay active and engaged with friends, social support helps our mental health.
  7. Keep your mind active and challenged. Read, do puzzles, take up a new hobby, play cards or games.

While we can’t change our genetic makeup, how we live our lives can have a big impact on how we age and whether we develop chronic diseases.  Get busy and take control of your future!

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