The global average life expectancy is higher today than it was in any country back in 1950. So what does that mean? Well simply put, people are living longer. There could be a number of reasons for this from advancements in technology to people taking better care of themselves. Whatever the case may be, living longer is now more common than ever.
You may be wondering how can you support a longer life holistically? “We are all seeking an enhanced living. As a busy surgeon, I love the endorphin release from exercise and the stress relief that comes with it. It has also become a way of building and strengthening a social network of like-minded individuals who support each other in all aspects of life, given the common life experience,” shares Ryan Neinstein, MD, owner of Neinstein Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Neinstein couldn’t be more correct, exercise is one of the number one ways to foster strong bones, prevent injury and support mental health. If you are looking for more ideas on how to build a lifestyle that aids a long and healthy life, keep reading.
By making this a priority you are helping to build a strong immune system. Sleep is also important for your heart health and preventing cardiovascular disease. If you go long periods of time sleep deprived you can put yourself at risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, and/or heart failure. In addition, studies have revealed that lack of sleep can lead to depression, lower sex drive, and premature aging. In short, get your zzz’s!
Challenge your mind
This helps to prevent cognitive decline as you age as well as reducing the risk of dementia. Some ways to support cognitive fitness include:
- Playing cards
- Doing crossword puzzles
- Learning or teaching a new skill
- Listening to music
These are all great habits you can easily start incorporating daily.
Don’t neglect your senses
Try to involve all your senses when learning something, this will help to incorporate more parts of your brain. Grab a pair of binoculars and go sightseeing or grab a magnifying glass for your next nature hike. Using your eyes differently is a simple way to challenge them. Virtual reality workouts like Dance Central and Eleven Table Tennis are perfect examples of incorporating visuals into your fitness routine. Here are additional ways to work your senses.
- Close your eyes and listen to the birds in the park.
- Attend food and drink festival to awaken your taste buds.
- Go to an outdoor concert soaking up the sounds and touch of nature that may surround you.
Movement is Key
There are so many benefits to movement including aging in a healthier manner. Researchers have found that including aerobic exercise can reverse aging effects. Regular exercise can help:
- Prevent disease
- Strengthen social ties within the community
- Improve cognitive function
- Reduce the risk of falls
- Improves sleep
- Deter anxiety and/or depression
A few specific exercises to try include:
These exercises help with balance, coordination, and strength training.
If you aren’t already practicing some of these habits now is the time to start. It will benefit you presently and as you age. Sounds like a win-win to me!