Here’s a fact: whether we like it or not, we all will age. Whatever we do, however, we try to delay or stop it, time will come when we all reach that certain age when we will be ‘wrinkly’ and ‘gray’, our body no longer as it used to be. But aging does not necessarily have to be a time to dread. Senior years still hold so much for those approaching the golden years and there is still so much to do, so many things to enjoy.
A well-known author said ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail’. There is absolute truth to this. Here is a fact: in order to enjoy the golden age or senior years, one has to have good health. Of course, getting sick once in a while is just but normal, but good health is not very difficult to achieve. There are specific things that mature people can do to ensure good health and feel good about aging, and these are:
Eat Healthily, Eat Right
Eating right ensures, at least, to a certain degree, good health. This means eating a healthy, balanced diet. However, it is very important to emphasize that good health will only be enjoyed if one starts to eat healthily from a very early age in life. But whether it’s early in life or mid-life that one decides to start eating healthily is still as good; as a saying goes: “better late than never”. One way of steering clear from sickness and enjoying senior years is to eat right. A good and healthy diet is one loaded with the necessary vitamins and minerals for a healthy body. Load up with fresh fruits and vegetables; stay away from cholesterol-laden food; avoid anything that’s too sweet or too salty; eat meat sparingly, and avoid anything harmful to the body like alcoholic drinks or beverages.
Health experts have pointed out the many health benefits of exercise. Topping the list of benefits is this: aging people who exercise regularly suffer less from joint pains, a condition usually experienced by aging people who live sedentary lifestyles.
Experts are also saying that exercising regularly does not only help in ensuring a healthy body – it also helps keep a person happy. Regular exercise activates the production of endorphins, the so-called ‘happy hormones’. Moreover, people who exercise are more sociable as they get to meet people during their regular walks, runs, or as they jog. This in turn allows them to form bonds of friendship with people their age group or even younger. An active social life is very helpful in ensuring that maturing people do not feel lonely, old, or unimportant.