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09 Mar 2023

Active Aging: 3 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle


No matter our age, living a healthy and active lifestyle is important. However, for those older in age, staying reasonably fit, full of life and energy may be a challenge.

Understanding such, it's always helps to have a few tips to use and remember when trying to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle throughout all the years to come.

Please Note: Before you start any new exercise routine, or change your dietary plan, please consult with your physician.

Focus on sound nutrition

  • Stay hydrated: It's important to drink plenty of fluids, even when you think you're not thirsty. Small cups of water or unsweetened juice, a few times during the day is fine, as long as you aim for at least six glasses of liquid daily.
  • Fill up on vegetables and fruits: Adding vegetables and dark fruits to your diet is a wonderful way to get the vitamins you need. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries are high in antioxidants, while vegetables are loaded with fiber that can aid digestion and keep you feeling full and satisfied.
  • Strengthen your bones: Our bones tend to lose calcium and grow weaker and more brittle as we get older. Vitamin D is essential to combat age-related loss of bone density. If you can tolerate it, drink low fat milk, and eat yogurt to strengthen your bones.

Keep Moving

  • Stretch: Can you raise your arms above your head? Can you touch your knees while standing? Are you able to tie shoelaces? Maintaining a healthy range of motion as we age will help with overall balance, reduce aches and pains, and improve circulation. Check with a healthcare professional to find the most suitable flexibility exercises for you.
  • Walk: Establishing a walking routine, even a daily stroll along a corridor, around the block or casually through the local mall, is one sure way to develop physical endurance, maintain muscle strength and improve mobility with aging. Get medical advice first and try walking to reap many health benefits over time.
  • Weights and Resistance: For those who can, taking part in some form of resistance training (light weightlifting, moving through water) can have positive results. Walking in a pool helps to build strength and improve mobility with little to no stress on the joints. If you don’t have access to a pool, lifting very light to moderate weights may be a viable alternative. Ask your doctor for advice on what what's best for you. 

Spend Time with Others

Social interaction is one of the key components to healthy aging. Being around others can lift our mood, stave off loneliness and enhance our daily lives with deeper meaning and greater instances of joy. The following activities are effective ways to keep our bodies and minds active, reduce the risk of depression and may even help to delay the onset of cognitive decline and/or dementia:

  • Volunteering
  • Attending a house of worship
  • Joining a local club or hobby group

      So, whatever it takes, get out there and have some fun with others.

Bonus Healthy Living Tip: Take Time to Rest

Finally, get adequate sleep. A restful night's sleep not only helps to clear the mind, but it also helps to give the brain a chance to reinvigorate and reset. Get a good night's sleep when you can. You'll wake up refreshed and ready to embrace the possibilities of a new day!

Staying healthy, alert, mobile and active tends to get a little harder as we get older. But the good news is that there are several proven, safe, and effective ways to live a healthy lifestyle regardless of age.