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Staying Active And Aging Gracefully

Author: Denise Mardis

It's possible to age gracefully with care.

As we age, it's important that we start making little adjustments to our daily routines to maintain our health and bodies. Although it may seem tedious, taking the time to exercise and eat healthy can pay off in the future in the form of more years with your loved ones and, quite possibly, more loved ones.

The first step toward making sure you live a long, healthy life is to get at least 30 minutes of physical exercise in on most days of the week. If you don't have a gym membership, consider buying a few at-home pieces of equipment to stay active. Resistance bands and dumbbells are a great start toward maintaining your fitness. Consider investing in a workout DVD to get moving as well.

As you grow older, it's important to make healthy eating choices as well. The metabolism slows down with time, meaning food takes more time to break down and leads to such phenomena as brownie hips. This can cause a weight imbalance if you don't monitor what you eat on a regular basis. Try to incorporate plenty of fruits and vegetables into your dinner, as well as a viable source of protein. Look for lean meat, such as fish or chicken, to cut back on the calories.

With age, you will inevitably become prone to more health conditions as well. It's important to schedule regular checkups with your primary care physician, who can test you for ailments that you many become more susceptible to: arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis.

Although most people don't want to think about becoming older, it's possible to age gracefully by taking the proper precautionary measures and adopting the mentality of a fine bottle of wine. In the end, you'll feel better and give yourself peace of mind, knowing that you're taking care of your body.

In Brief

  • As we age, it's important that we start making little adjustments to our daily routines to maintain our health and bodies.
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