You know that certain lifestyle choices can impact your age and your lifespan. Just go to realage.com and answer some questions to find out if you are younger or older than your chronological age….the scale tips one way or another based on your lifestyle choices….and health history… it’s an eye-opener, and don’t we all wish we were younger than we are…or could wish stay at this physical base-line moment?
The US Census Bureau projects nearly 9 million of the nearly 80 million baby boomers will live into their late 90’s. Further they predict that 1/3 of those, 3 million, will make it to the century mark.
Here are some common-sense lifestyle adjustments that can affect the aging process and may help you achieve healthy and vigorous longevity.
Exercise: Adopt a comprehensive fitness programs:
- try to burn off a minimum of 3,500 calories/week
- participate in activities that increase your heart rate for an hour/week.
- participate in both strength and flexibility exercises (weight training and yoga) for at least 30 minutes/week
Blood Pressure: Aim at lower your blood pressure to 110/75. This alone can take 10 years off your chronological age.
Smoking: Don’t just quit smoking, try to not be around second-hand smoke either. Passive smoking (the act of being in a room with smokers) for 1 hour is equivalent to smoking 4 cigarettes yourself.
Hormone Replacement Therapy: Restoring hormonal balance in post menopausal women with HRT can increase health and vigor significantly. Work with your health care provider to nail down a HRT regimen that works for you. Test your adrenal functions, your DHEA levels, your estrogen, testosterone and progesterone levels…because, by the age 70, a woman who has been utilizing HRT can affect her chronological years by up to eight years.
Foods and Vitamins: Eat foods that are closest to their original state. The more processed the food, the less vitamins and nutritional value they have. Look for quality sources of protein. Eat smaller meals more often. Take time to savor and appreciate the flavor and texture of your food. Find an easily absorbable, liquid multi-vitamin, like Women Vitamins, that supports your health,has no extra fillers, and is readily absorbed into your system.
Family History: Research your family’s health in order to determine any genetic risk factors. For example, if heart disease runs in your family, take precautions to keep your blood pressure and homocysteines levels in control. Awareness of potential issues is your friend.
Stress and Social Activities: Having a fun and full social, home, and spiritual life helps counteract stress and anxiety. This also restores and assists your immune system, and a healthier immune system can increase the likelihood of a longer lifespan.
Chronic Diseases: Control and monitor any chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Being in charge of the disease can minimize its daily impact. Losing weight can positively affect diabetes and high blood pressure while dietary adjustments can also affect pain and disease.
Dental Health: Dental problems are a source of systemic physical problems. Periodontal diseases can affect your heart, immune system, and increase sinus issues. Have a routine maintenance program set up with your dentist.
Sleep: We all need our 8 hours of sleep. Keep the room dark, the temperature slightly cool, wear the least restrictive night-wear. Sleep is the time when our system reboots and repairs. Lack of uninterrupted sleep will lead to health issues and a more rapid aging process.
Listen to your body: Be aware of symptoms…your body is always trying to tell you what it needs and wants. It’s up to us to listen to what it is trying to say. Have any lumps or discolored moles checked. Be aware of any unusual symptoms like blurred vision, extended fatigue, unaccustomed weakness. If you experience any unusual physical symptoms, see your health care provider as soon as possible. Dealing with a severe illness early on, can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Meditate: Take time to meditate or pray….your spiritual aspect needs its health maintained as well. Meditation clears the mind, lowers blood pressure, and often serendipitously blesses the quiet mind with solutions to difficult issues.
Be Blessed, Kersten