If you focus on birthdays, we are all getting older. But, many older adults find ways to stay young at heart–fit, mentally active, and purposeful. Here are five ways to feel at your best:
- Be active: Walk, run, jump rope. Get your heart rate up. Do balancing exercises and use weights to strengthen your muscles. That is key to good health, including bone health, lowering risk of stroke and even spousal health
- Eat well and keep a healthy weight: Sense of smell and taste can change as you age; it’s still important to eat healthy foods. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, lean meats and fish. Avoid, fats, pasta and sugared drinks. If you qualify, Medicare covers weight-loss counseling and nutrition counseling.
- Get the sleep you need. Here are seven tips for getting a good night’s sleep.
- Keep in touch with family and friends you enjoy. And make one of them your health care buddy, someone to go with you to the doctor, take notes and be a second set of eyes and ears.
- And, perhaps, take up bowling: Watch this video from the Atlantic on how one older adult has stayed young and met his life partner bowling.
If you’d like to learn more about what you can do, including specific exercises, click here for the National Institutes of Health booklet, Young at Heart.