Life is Long: 50+ ways to live a little closer to forever. Below are 5 tips for aging backwards – and doing what is in your control to slow down the aging process.As you might know, I wrote a bestselling longevity book, called
Have you ever met someone who wants to live forever? If so – perhaps that wish of being eternal should come with the tag-on wish of never aging. Our bodies might be strong and versatile when we’re young and full of energy…but as we grow older, we tend to slow down and feel aches and pains.
There’s no completely stopping the aging process – because it’s a natural part of life. But thankfully we all have some control over specific aspects of it. After all, growing older is one thing – but degenerating quickly is another.
As you get older, your body often tends to gain weight. Some of this is due to natural changes in hormones and metabolism. Some of this is due to people choosing to work out a little less often and stay in a bit more. This general decrease in movement often brings a general sense of sluggishness – which then creates a cycle of less and less physical activity.
Unfortunately, you could even begin to have joint pains because of the extra weight your tired body is now carrying around – which also contributes to the pattern of being less active.
Important reminder: If you are someone who deals with arthritis, high cholesterol, heart disease and/or respiratory system concerns – these can get accelerated if you gain too much weight.
If you want to slow down the deterioration that comes with aging, you must stay regularly active. Go for long walks with a friend – or try a yoga class. Plus put in the effort to eat in mindful way – which will ensure you consistently keep with your age and weight recommendations.
Our back is one of the strongest parts of our body. It’s what allows us to stand upright and be separate from the animal kingdom. We should be more appreciative of how adaptive our spinal column is. We owe a lot of gratitude to our disks – as they are essentially the suspension in our back, which allows our vertebrae to bend and curve.
Back pain is one of the most discomforting feelings anyone can have. No matter what age you are, any kind of muscle spasms, bone injury and or nerve damage can be incredibly painful.
Unfortunately, not all back pain can be avoided as you age – because, the disks are much like car brakes. Eventually, there will be some wear and tear on them.
Thankfully, you can do things to keep disk degeneration at bay and avoid serious discomfort as you age.
For example, you can swim, go for a nice long walk, do gentle stretches – or take an easy-level yoga class.
Basically, it’s important that you are not simply sitting down all day long! This is not good for your back!
In fact, because the vertebrae don’t move around a whole lot, the disks can get compressed in one spot over a long period of time. This means that an uneven “wear” can occur to your disks- and they can no longer function properly. You might even experience what’s called “bone on bone contact.” This is incredibly painful – as your nerves also get trapped – which amplifies the pain further.
As you get older, you should also be extra careful about lifting heavy things. Plus, when you bend down, be sure to do it mindfully and slowly.
When we’re young we don’t mind staying up late – even when we know we need to be up early in the morning. We might not enjoy feeling groggy when we get up for work – but our bodies can cope with it. That’s why we feel so comfortable not going to bed until it’s midnight- or even later.
However as you get older, you need to start valuing your bed more. Sleeping should be something to look forward to and not avoid – because your body will need more rest as you age.
Never underestimate the importance of sleep as you age because our cells need time to heal and be replaced.
Experts in the health industry agree that people 65 and up need to have at least 7 hours of sleep.
Important Reminder: Our circadian rhythm actually changes as we age! This is why sometimes in our older age we begin to feel sleepy during the daytime. If you want to counteract this fatigue, experts suggest you get outside during the day and go for a long walk – soaking in the sunlight – so you can do what you can to keep your circadian rhythm in order.
If you want to enjoy more consistent sleep, focus on making your bed a cozy haven for slumber. Buy a very comfortable mattress, a high quality pillow and some soft and smooth bed sheets.
When we’re younger we just want food that will give us fuel right away. Younger bodies can handle metabolizing these types of complex carbs better than older bodies. With this in mind, you should try your best to swap out your heavy carb dishes with something more healthy and quicker burning for energy.
For example, rather than a pasta bake, how about you swap that for a vegetable bake instead? You can roast a nice mixture of vegetables in the oven – with a yummy layer of cheese on top – all conveniently cooked inside of a casserole dish.
Reminder: Some studies on aging recommend being mindful of dairy – and to enjoy dairy in moderation.
Some breakfast ideas: Focus on enjoying healthy fat but with natural sugars. For example, a half bowl of greek yogurt and mixed chopped nuts and fruits would do the trick nicely.
Plus here is an article with the #1 best foods to eat to stay healthy as you age.
Plus, here’s my recipe for a Longevity Smoothie – which is both delicious and nutritious!
In 2010, researchers at Brigham Young University published a fascinating study. People who enjoyed strong social ties had a 50 percent increased likelihood of survival over a period of 7.5 years – in comparison to folks with weak or no social ties. Plus a 2010 Australian study gave a big “ditto” to those friendship findings!
So if you want to live longer, friend up!
Here’s an interesting article on a new trend to replace nursing homes – senior co-housing with friends!
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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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