Healthy aging is attainable if good lifestyle choices are made.
Online PR News – 20-September-2012 –Mary Albert, a health advocate and teacher who has helped many with health-related issues says that healthy aging is attainable if good lifestyle choices are made.
Stay In Good Shape
According to Albert, those out of shape can experience more physical problems during aging. For those who can't go to a gym, Albert says, just take a walk around the neighborhood or the mall or try a dancing class. "If you are physically active this can help prevent a myriad of problems such as depression, memory loss, bone density loss, it can even help prevent illnesses, improve energy levels and also help maintain balance but, be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any type of exercise plan," says Albert.
Getting rid of stress slows down the aging process, Albert recommends. She also stresses how important it is to surround yourself with positive people. "If you know someone who is a grouch he or she can also affect your mood and your health." As we age Albert says itís also important to just enjoy the simple things in life. "While youíre out walking appreciate the beauty of nature, a hug with a family member or friends, or just the taste of a good meal."
Get Out There
A lot of older folks isolate themselves according to Albert. "Be sure to get out of your home and see family and friends or do some volunteer work," Albert says. "Volunteering is a great way to help out in the community and help yourself."
While out with friends Albert advises, limit the amount of alcohol you drink. 'Drinking alcohol makes you dehydrated and can make your face puffy which can cause you to look older. Youíll feel a lot better in the morning if you drink water or juice."
Keep Blood Pressure Down
Albert says that high blood pressure can damage blood vessels which increases the risk of heart disease, heart attack, kidney failure and stroke and that two-thirds of adults over 65 have high blood pressure. "To keep blood pressure at a healthy level (below 120/80 mmHg) Albert advises, keep your weight down, donít smoke, exercise regularly and eat healthy which means limiting caffeine, alcohol and salt."
Mary Albert is a health writer for Happy Health, the #1 lifestyle and health web community for active adults. http://www.happyhealth.net/