How are you doing at ‘growing older gracefully’? For some people growing older means giving up activities that we used to like, or sports we used to play because we may not have the energy, flexibility or strength we used to have. For some people the ‘graceful’ part comes from just accepting that we are older and perhaps not as fit as we used to be.
There is a little bit of truth in accepting that we change as we get older but sometimes it hides something even more important: Eating right and exercising right can help you stay healthier longer. And that is the best way to grow old gracefully; by paying even more attention to exercise and nutrition than you did when you were younger. Here are some ideas for you to consider in your efforts to maintain your “health span” while growing older:
In general, most people at:
25 don’t realize they are aging.
30 are starting to realize they are growing older and start making more “grown up” decisions.
40 they start to worry about their health as more aches and pains and health issues crop up.
50 begin to feel the growing older process more
60 focus on working at staying healthy so they can enjoy and lengthen their retirement years
How to grow old with grace
The more you can do to improve your health, the more likely you can weather the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune or even the every day life stresses that life may throw your way.
Every day decisions add up:
- Whenever you feel tired, remember it can be from being too inactive. Being active is usually better than just lying down and doing nothing and hoping you will regain your energy from resting. So, Take that walk rather than stay sitting on your couch or in front of your computer/tablet/phone
- Get out and move, exercise strengthens muscles which improves energy levels, helps control weight and improves balance and health
- Eat more nutritious food.
- Make the choice of fresh blueberries or healthy fruits over baked goods or sugary desserts
- Choose organic when possible
- Limit grains, pastas, breads, and avoid most all foods made from white flour
- Eat more veggies like broccoli, spinach, peas, avocado, red peppers ,sauerkraut. Try for a variety of colors of veggies on your plate.
- Choose high quality proteins like grass fed beef, wild caught fish, organic chicken or turkey.
- Or add nuts and beans or hummus as healthy proteins as well
- Hydrate with filtered water, herbal teas etc. Avoid alcohol.
- Get adequate sleep:
- learn good sleep habits
- turn off the TV or electronic device or put down the book and go to bed at an hour to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep
- learn what foods are best for supper for better sleep
- take naps if needed during the day
- invest in a supportive bed
- Think pleasant happy, grateful thoughts. You get more of what you pay attention to. Are you wallowing in all the negative bad things in the world or focusing on what is not right in your life? Or are you looking at solutions and focusing on improving your lot in life?
- make the effort to take care of yourself. Seek help when needed. Take care of problems when they are little before they become worse.
- Good chiropractic care should be part of your health like good dental care. You go to the dentist before you have pain because you know that helps keep you healthy. Good chiropractic care is not just for your spine and not just when you have pain. Good chiropractic care can help with all your joint and muscle stiffness even those you thought were just a normal part of ‘getting older’, because good care:
- restores function,
- decreases stiffness and
- teaches you exercises that help you be
- stable ,
- flexible and
- have more energy
Being stable, strong and flexible and having the right amount of energy is what will keep you graceful and happy while growing older.
Learn how to take care of yourself before it is too late.
It is not too late to learn how. Even if you thought you had to give up many things; you don’t have to give up just because no one has ever shown you how to help yourself. We help our patients feel better and stay better as they get older because that is what we have learned to help ourselves stay healthy, graceful and active.
If you need a little help with any of these suggestions: please feel free to give us a call at 978-535-6155 and learn more about how you can age more gracefully.