6 Exercises to Reduce the Effects of Aging
- Strength Training. Strength training is the only exercise proven to slow down the aging process. It prevents muscle loss that normally accompanies aging. Additionally, it strengthens bones, muscles, tendons thus lowering the chance of injuries.
- Walking. Walking is the simplest positive change you can make to effectively improve heart health. Also, it reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, improves blood pressure and blood sugar levels, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
- Dancing. Dancing burns roughly 200 calories per hour, and works not only the major muscles but is also a fantastic cardiovascular workout. And, because it requires brain functioning as well as physical control, social dancing has even been proven to reduce and possibly eliminate dementia as we age.
- Tai Chi. Tai Chi is meditation in motion. Many practitioners of tai chi believe that is delays aging and prolong life, increases flexibility, strengthens muscles and tendons, and aids in the treatment of heart disease, high blood pressure, and arthritis. As we age, tai chi helps with balance and flexibility.
- Swimming. Swimming improves endurance, builds muscle mass, and has significant cardio benefits which is good for your heart.
- Yoga. Yoga promotes balance, increases flexibility, strengthens muscles, and can help prevent falls.
Pick one you enjoy. Then, do it!
Life is Simple.
Would you like to feel better about yourself and have lots of energy? Then, eat healthy food, get your sleep, exercise regularly, use positive words, and think positive thoughts.
Do you want to be able to walk and move more and faster? Then, walk and move more and faster.
Do you want people to see the best in you and give you the benefit of the doubt? Then, see the best in them and give them the benefit of the doubt.
Do you want people to show you more love and appreciation? Then, show them more love and appreciation.
Do you want to have more? Then, give more.
Would you like to be happy? Then, be happy!
Would you like to change your life? Then, change your life.
Life really is THAT simple. Agree?
Positive Aging and Social Connections
“When we connect, it doesn’t just make us feel better; it makes us do better.” – Keith Harrell
What is the key to longevity and aging positively? There is no one key. However, research has found that these three factors are critical to aging positively: eating healthy, exercising, and having positive social connections.
Time and time again, we have been reminded of the benefits of eating healthy and exercising. But did you know that there are tremendous benefits to having positive social connections? Researchers have found that more socially connected people have double the survival odds of less social folks. Supportive relationships (friends and family members) are good medicine for the mind, heart, body, and soul.
They help you live longer by making it easier to de-stress and to weather tough times. They keep you involved and engaged. They help keep your mind active and sharp. Feeling more invested in relationships often motivates people to take better care of themselves. Many older people credit their health and longevity to lasting, loving, positive relationships.
Think of the people who are blessed with good health and longevity. Are they socially connected? No doubt, the answer is yes. While there are exceptions, most are socially connected.
Are you socially connected?