We have seen five of my top ten tips, here are the other five tips to help you steer the course to your healthy long life.
Sixth Tip – Be aware of what you put into your body
You have only one body and it has to last a lifetime. You want it to support you as you age so that you will continue to enjoy an active and enriching life. Some people think of their body as a luxury car e.g. a Ferrari, and some think of it as a temple. In either case, they want to treat it with respect. You are what you eat applies here. Proper, balanced nutrition is a tonic; whereas junk food describes exactly how you feel when you have eaten.
Seventh tip – Drink plenty of water
A good and practical guide is that your daily water intake should be equivalent to half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weight 140 pounds, you should drink 70 ounces of water a day. This is because water makes up more than half of your body weight. Blood is mostly water; and your muscles, lungs and brain all contain a lot of water. Your body needs water to regulate body temperature, digest your food, provide the means for nutrients to travel to your organs, transport oxygen to your cells, remove waste, and protect your joints and organs. Everyday you lose water through urination and perspiration, and this has to be replenished. Thirst is an obvious sign of dehydration and you need to drink water long before your feel thirsty.
Eighth tip – Go with the flow
We need to be more accepting, and those of us who are neurotic may want to find a new way to deal with stress. Research indicates that centenarians tend not to internalize things or dwell on their troubles. They are great at rolling with the punches and going with the flow. There are many good ways to manage stress. Yoga, exercise, meditation, Tai Chi, or just deep breathing for a few moments, are all good. Ruminating, prolong anger and anxiety, lounging at the donut shop or café, or snacking in front of the TC? All bad. See videos below on some tips on how to manage stress.
Ninth tip – Stay connected
Having regular social contacts with friends and loved ones is key to avoiding depression, which can lead to premature death, something that is particularly prevalent in elderly widowed individuals. One of the great benefits we get from exercise is the strong social interaction that comes from e.g. walking with a friend or taking a group exercise class.
Tenth tip – Take preventive measures against disease
Although there is no proven way to prevent serious diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s syndrome, there are some practices that are worth incorporating into your daily routine, particularly if you have a family history which includes these sorts of conditions. Talk to your doctor about any of these preventive measures, especially those that involve taking medications and supplements.