Ageing is inevitable. But it’s something most of us, myself included, fear. As much as we want to deny it, our bodies and our minds will decline. But with age, also comes certain takeaways. For one, our mood and sense of well-being improve with age. This is why our grandparents are often one of our favorite people in the world.
Friendships also tend to deepen as older adults prioritize what matters most to them, says Karen Fingerman, a professor of human development and family sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.
But growing older isn’t something we should fear. Age, after all, is just a number. While we can’t stop the clock, we can delay certain effects of ageing and keep your body and mind fit and healthy as you age with these tips:
1. Keep Moving
According to Donald Stuss, PhD, a neuropsychologist and director of the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in Toronto, “The best advice to keep your brain healthy and young is through aerobic exercise.”
So whether it’s a daily jog or even just a walk, keep moving and pump more blood and oxygen into your brain. It doesn’t matter what age you are, keeping active is key to not only for brain health as you age but for your overall health and fitness in general.
2. Eat Well
Incorporate these top 5 foods to keep you looking young and other foods that are high in anti-oxidants and other benefits. More than keeping active, overall nutrition is essential to looking and feeling young. So avoid fatty food and sugar as those are the prime suspects of certain diseases too.
3. Get Creative
Getting involved in creative endeavors is also a great way to keep your mind active. These days, adult coloring books are a thing and it’s a simple activity that we can get involved without any fuss. The best thing about it no one will tell us to color inside the lines!
If you’re into painting, writing, or sculpting then revive the Warhol, Hemingway, or Michaelangelo in you. It’s never too late to get your creative juices flowing.
4. Ignore Stereotypes
We hear so many negative stereotypes about ageing. We hear words like “cranky,” “senile,” or “feeble” associated with getting older and a study suggests that these negative stereotypes only reinforce these characteristics. It’s all in the mind!
5. Keep a Positive Outlook
Like we always hear, age is just a number. All these tips can work for whether you’re in the early 20s to late 50s. So don’t look at ageing as a sentence. Studies have shown that people who accepted the difficulties of getting older and are positive with their emotions are actually coping better with the aging process. Practice positivity and counter-act the negative effects of ageing in you.
Kevin Kilpatrick, 55, a college professor and children’s author in San Diego, talks to himself—silently—and goes over everything positive he has accomplished recently. “It helps me to hear it out loud, especially from the voice that’s usually screaming at me to do better, work harder and whatever else it wants to berate me about,” he says.
So do something similar and not only will you feel warm and fuzzy inside, you’ll feel young and uplifted too.
Got any fitness tips as we age? Or do you have exercise recommendations for older folks? Share it with us and let’s get the conversation going in the comments below!