It is well established that as we age, the body will start to show signs and symptoms that are different than any time before. Life routine and behaviors all have sudden experiences and symptoms that never arose in fifty-some years. Waiting for this transition to take place can be quite shocking. Learning prevention techniques that will support healthy aging prepares the body and mind for these changes that we will all face. What can we do to feel and be as young as can be? Here are a few things to consider as we look at healthy living over fifty.
Some of life’s basic survival skills can have the biggest impact. In a world shrouded in details and beauty regimes, we forget some of the most influential basics. The right amounts of water and exercise will have a large impact on our health.
It is especially important to be hydrated and calm before resting each night. This is a space where our bodies rest, recuperate and rejuvenate. A lavender and chamomile milk tea can be a delicious way to unwind, relax and hydrate before bed. Lavender is used in many ways: essential oils, many perfumes, aromatherapy, traditional herbal medicine, and in the kitchen as a culinary herb or a nice lavender syrup.
Often times exercise is thrown out as a blanketed statement. We all need exercise and movement to be healthy, especially as we age. The type of exercise for each individual will vary greatly. For some people, gardening and going for walks will be enough to keep cardiovascular and immunity functioning at a high level. For others, high intensity aerobic and anaerobic activity is necessary to keep flexibility, agility, and peace of mind. For most people who have been active their whole lives, learning to adjust activities in the older years will become necessary. You will have to be more gentle on joints and bones, as well as becoming familiar with limits that might turn into a long-lasting injury.
As we know from science, staying active and fit also provides the environment for a healthy mental and emotional balance. This can have an even larger impact on staying young. Stress can cause physical bodies the quickest deterioration. Part of the aging process is a build-up of stress from an entire lifetime. When and how it is dealt with will directly impact the aging process.
Staying hydrated and drinking enough water is one of the most basic practices we can uphold throughout our lives. As we age, the system of transferring and absorbing water into our cellular level slows down. This means we need to find more efficient ways of hydration and making sure it is apart of our everyday lifestyle. More than just making sure we get adequate amounts of water, the pleasure of drinking can add daily hydration as well as healthy pleasurable habits. Drinking teas, coffees, and other drinks can be a great way to add to your daily water consumption. There are so many flavors, herbs, and spices that can be consumed to not only help hydration but to calm and maintain a sense of balance.
Although we are focused on drinking water as a basic survival skill, if we use it as a tool throughout life, it can have major impacts when it comes to looking and feeling younger, more supple, and healthy.
There are many things and products that can impact our lives to stay young and healthy. Reaching fifty, there will be a turning point of needing to address and change these habits. The aging process is mostly compromised of cells oxidizing and free radicals becoming ever more present in our bodies. Focusing regimes around limiting or stopping free radical takeover can be very beneficial. The addition of more and more whole plant life and fewer chemical interactions can be very impactful to aging gracefully.
Healthy living over fifty should be an amazing time of exploration and change. There is an acceptance of the aging process that can be taken gracefully and easily. Walking into the elder years where wisdom and grounding become more important, we need a separate course of action in order to maintain health and balance. Often, we want to grip onto the younger years, preventing us from taking care of the body we are in.