healthy aging300x200We can all agree that healthy aging is the best way to go through life. We’re all aging, after all, and who doesn’t want to be healthy?

September is Healthy Aging Month, so it’s the perfect time to reflect on the best ways of doing that.

Oftentimes, aging is thought of as a negative part of life – the weakening of the body in the years before death. Tired of the gloomy outlook, Healthy Aging Magazine decided to promote the more positive aspects of aging in the month of September. 

Fortunately, there are numerous ways to age in a healthy manner. Embassy Healthcare offers the following information about lifestyle behaviors everyone can choose to promote healthier living, regardless of age.

  1. Increase activity: Almost all of us could benefit from more regular physical activity. Look for ways to increase movement daily. There are many ways to accomplish this, including: a morning or evening walk; doing sit-ups or push-ups during commercials; and using stairs instead of the elevator.
  2. Stop smoking: You know it’s bad for you and you’ll live longer if you quit. Make today the day you quit and improve the rest of your life.
  3. Keep it positive: You may be surprised how much of an impact being positive makes in life. Focus on the great aspects of life as a senior citizen: the independence, wisdom and calm that it can offer.
  4. Maintain a proper weight: Your mobility and mood are both improved when you have a healthy weight. Achieve this through a balanced lifestyle of physical activity and a well-balanced diet.
  5. Control blood pressure: Help keep hypertension at bay by managing your sodium intake (below 2,500 milligrams per day) and increasing physical activity.
  6. Don’t forget to work out the brain: Help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by stimulating your brain every day. Set goals of reading more often, doing crossword puzzles or learning a new skill.
  7. Stick to your appointments: We know it may be tempting to put off your medical appointments or cancel them if you’re not feeling well. Remember that tending to your health gives you peace of mind and can help identify conditions that are causing you to feel poorly. Don’t forget to get your annual flu vaccine.