As more and more baby boomers draw closer to 65 and become eligible for Medicare, many are wondering things like, “What’s next?” and “What can I do right now to age better?”
Fortunately, there are many things people of all ages can do right now to directly and positively affect the aging process and, by extension, their health.
Here are some of those potentially health-altering tips that could change your life for the better right now:
1. Get Moving. Whether it is going for a walk or playing a game you love, it’s important to do something physical each and every day. Physical activity goes a long way toward maintaining — and in some cases improving – overall health, balance, flexibility, range of motion, strength and can even lower the risk for dementia.
2. Stop Smoking. If you are a smoker, chances are that you’ve been told many, many times that you must quit. Maybe you know you need to, but aren’t sure when or how. Taking this absolutely critical step toward improving your health and fighting the aging process will go a very, very long way toward helping your battle against things like stroke, health failure and cancer.
3. Look at Your Diet. This one goes hand-in-hand with getting back on the move. Eating the right foods at the right amounts is one of the most powerful ways you can combat conditions from obesity to diabetes to high blood pressure to heart disease.
4. Get Checked…Regularly. Getting regular vision, hearing, dental, medical (including OB/GYN for women) checkups is a key factor in not only staying healthy as we age, but in standing up to the aging process itself.