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Here are 7 Tips for Healthful Aging

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult as one grows older. Many simple and effective strategies are available for aging well and living fully.

ACTS Retirement-Life Communities (http://www.actsretirement.org/) offers the following tips proven to help older adults maintain their health and vitality throughout their senior years:

1. Help Others. Volunteer, participate in a charity event or simply visit a friend to see how he or she is doing. When people help others, they also help themselves in ways that contribute to overall health.

2. Stay Positive. A positive outlook contributes to lower stress levels and other chronic health conditions common among seniors. People need to focus on all the things they are thankful for, and don’t fret the small stuff.

3. Keep Mentally Fit. Exercise the mind by doing a crossword puzzle, playing memory games on a computer or taking classes. Adults need to continue to challenge themselves and never stop learning.

4. Walk More. Wear a step counter and walk at least 5,000 to 10,000 steps a day at a comfortable pace. Add variety to the routine, and walk with a buddy or group to keep motivated. Be sure to get medical clearance before starting any exercise program.

5. Pray. Research suggests that those who pray every day have a greater sense of well-being. Cultivate a spiritual life in prayer and meditation.

6. Eat Balanced Meals. Eat at least three balanced meals throughout the day without skipping a meal. Eat slower and enjoy the food.     

7. Take a Nap. Rest rejuvenates the body. People should take a 20-minute nap if they feel they need it, and shouldn’t feel guilty about it.


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