Have you ever noticed that products that are supposed to help
with aging gracefully are more expensive than regular products in
the same category? For example, skin moisturizers that are for
"mature" or "aging" skin can be two to nine times as expensive as
moisturizers designed for people in every other age group.
And here's the really crazy thing: the price of these products,
such as moisturizers for aging skin, shoots through the roof just
as people transition into retirement and begin to live on less
income! Boy does that hit you where it hurts!
The good news is that aging gracefully does not have to stress
you out or put a major dent in your wallet. You might be amazed
at the number of simple lifestyle habits that you can incorporate
into your life that will not only put you on the path to healthy
aging, but don't cost very much. In fact, some of these lifestyle
habits don't cost a single penny ... they only require a little
of your time, attention, and dedication.
Three Strategies for Healthy Aging That Don't Cost a Penny!
The funny thing about lifestyle habits that contribute to healthy
aging is that they are actually quite applicable to healthy
living at any age. In fact, if you were to apply the three
following lifestyle habits early in your life, you would find
that aging gracefully is a cinch. You don't have to "learn new
tricks" as you age if you practice and stick with healthy habits
starting early in life.
Healthy Aging Tip #1: A Little Exercise Goes a Long Way
Experts in exercise science state that to remain healthy, we need
to get 30 minutes of daily exercise, regardless of age. Exercise
and movement promotes circulation, strength, and flexibility.
Life is movement, and the longer you can stay active and moving,
the longer you will hold off the effects of aging. Exercise
affects the body on all levels, even down to the cellular level.
Studies show that exercise can improve the efficiency of energy
production at the cellular level. If simple movement on a daily
basis can kick start every single cell in your body, imagine how
much overall daily energy you will feel! And don't think that
you have to go race around the track or take up kick boxing.
Gentler exercises, such yoga or tai-chi, have proven just as
effective in keeping you healthy. For instance, a regular yoga
practice can keep the digestive tract in good working order, tone
up the arms, flatten the stomach, improve muscle tone, increase
energy, and increase flexibility.
Healthy Aging Tip #2: Drink the Right Amount of Water
Our bodies are mostly water, so staying hydrated is important to
aging gracefully. Just think of your skin. When your skin doesn't
get enough water, it loses elasticity and firmness. The result?
Dreaded wrinkles! So drinking enough water is definitely one key
to staying healthy as you age. At the same time, you don't want
to drown your body with too much water, as this can overwork the
kidneys. If you are not sure how much water to drink, read this
article for a simple formula to help you calculate a healthy water intake for your situation.
Healthy Aging Tip #3: Eat Right and Be Merry
Tip #2 above was the "drink" part of the "eat, drink, and be
merry" formula for healthy aging! The other two parts--eating and
being merry--are also important. As we age, our bodies are less
and less able to digest foods. The "gut bombs" we so easily ate
as teenagers become a real burden to our bodies as we grow older.
So eating right is actually "eating light." Find out more about
how eating light is a lifestyle habit with many health benefits
in this article. As for being merry, we all know that laughter is definitely good medicine. Studies have definitively shown that happy people live longer and stay healthier for longer. Whatever it means for you to be merry, go for it. Having hobbies you enjoy, a spiritual practice, or work that you enjoy can go a long way towards aging gracefully.
Now you may read the above tips and think to yourself, "Well,
duh!" And you would be right.. these tips are not the stuff of
rocket science. They are simple common sense. But at the same
time you have to consider that we humans are not particularly
good at doing what we know to be good for us. For many years now
the top New Year's Resolution in the U.S. has been to lose
weight. For the same number of years, less than 10% of people who
make that resolution are still sticking to that resolution by
February 1. Does that tell you how little we are able to commit
to simple, common-sense lifestyle habits that we know are good
for us? At the same time, if you can persist in adding one or
more of the above tips to your daily life, you will find healthy
aging is a no-brainer.
More Tips for Healthy Aging and Aging Gracefully
Want to know more about how to support, nourish, protect, and
rejuvenate your body as you age? Here are some article that may
have some of the answers you seek:
Natural Solutions for Staying Active as You Age
Simple Ways to Reverse Aging
Healthy Aging: How to Help Your Aging Teeth
Graceful Aging: Foods for Healthy Skin
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