It’s Never Too Late to Reinvent Yourself!
It’s never too late to focus on the positive aspects of growing older. Age is just a number. And while it’s important to monitor your overall health throughout the year, September brings unique awareness to the best ways to maintain excellent health as you age.
As September is National Healthy Aging Month, what better time to reinvent yourself and manage your health and wellbeing? Despite your age, you can stay at your prime with these expert-recommended tips.
- Get Moving: Exercise helps to maintain a healthy body and brain function. Experts recommend getting at least 2.5 hours of physical activity a week. Don’t have a gym membership? No problem. Opt for a brisk walk around the neighborhood or a nature walk. Fresh air never hurt anyone!
- Take a Cat Nap: Tired? Take an afternoon nap. Napping can help you reduce stress, improve memory, and strengthen your immune system. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that people who take naps are 37% less likely to die from heart disease.
- Eat Fresh: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates. Diet and nutrition are so essential that many of the top diseases that Americans suffer from can be eliminated or drastically improved by eating a healthier diet. Eating healthier can be a difficult transition to make, but try to commit to adding more fresh vegetables and whole foods into your diet while removing processed foods.Farmers markets are still open in September, and provide a great outlet for locally grown, organic produce.
- Stay Positive: Wake up each morning and read an uplifting, positive quote to start the day. Positive thoughts have a huge impact on your day to day life, and are a great way to improve mental health. Next time you catch yourself saying or thinking something negative, step back and try approaching the situation from another perspective. A positive attitude can lead to lower rates of depression and reduced levels of stress, as well as helping increase your life span. The more you maintain a positive attitude, the easier it gets!
- Stay Social: Social activities are a great way to get out of the house, feel younger, and stay engaged with your health. A study published in Health Reports links social participation with increased health and wellbeing in older adults, and according to the University of Rochester Medical Center, staying social can offer health benefits such as lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of depression and other mental health illnesses. Call up an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, and meet up for lunch or a walk.
- Stick to a Routine: Your body is a well-oiled machine that relies on sleep to function. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Doing so will stabilize your circadian rhythm (your body’s internal clock). Furthermore, studies show that morning people tend to have a more proactive and productive mindset.
- Stack New Habits on Top of Old Habits: Habits are hard to break, and we all have them. Developing positive habits and linking them to an existing behavior will eventually become one solid routine. For example, if you are accustomed to repeatedly hitting the snooze button every morning, hit it once and then force yourself to get up and exercise. The first few weeks are tough, but eventually these two habits will go hand-in-hand and you’ll start to look and feel great!
- Be Mindful: Mindfulness is the energy that helps you recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in your life. Practicing yoga and meditation are two great ways to help you stay in the moment. Being mindful has proven physical, physiological, and social health benefits such as boosting your immune system, reducing negative emotions and stress, and even fostering compassion and altruism in adults.
- Set Realistic Goals: Make a plan and stick to it. Define where you are going and how you will get there. Research has shown that those who have a strong sense of purpose and drive have a reduced chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
- Be Proactive! Make September the month you get your health in check. Schedule a doctor’s appointment to set up health screenings and monitor your hormone levels. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has helped countless men and women regain health and rejuvenation after suffering from symptoms of menopause, low testosterone, and other hormonal imbalances that come with age.
Physicians within the BodyLogicMD network specialize in integrative and preventive medicine to maintain the health and lifestyle of patients. Talking to a doctor who specializes in hormonal health can ensure you get advanced testing and thorough assessment of your overall health and wellbeing, helping you look and feel your best for years to come.