The human body is an extremely complex and remarkably well-engineered piece of machinery. Unfortunately, like most anything else, wear and tear and the ravages of time itself will tend to take a toll on it after a while. For instance, as a general rule a person’s vision and hearing both tend to naturally weaken as the years go on. It’s just something that happens. On the other hand, the risk of age related diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes, and cancer increase (sometimes dramatically) as we age, so it’s a good idea to adapt some lifestyle changes sooner rather than later.
How To Stay Ahead of Age Related Diseases
Again, it doesn’t even have to be due to misuse or abuse or even genetics – occasionally some of your parts just start wearing out. It’s natural, yes, but not entirely inevitable. So what can you do to slow the aging process?
First and foremost, what you put into your body probably has the most significant impact on how you age and your risk of age related diseases. Study after study confirms that a healthy, balanced diet of whole foods, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and plenty of water play an enormous role in not only your physical health but your mental health, as well. Highly processed convenience foods and sugar-laden beverages should be kept to a minimum, and alcohol consumed in moderation. Eating like this will lower your risk of diabetes and atherosclerosis, just to name a few.
Physical activity is also way up on our list of stuff to help keep your body young. Walking, yoga, jogging, weightlifting, Crossfit, Zumba, karate, ballroom dancing, shuffleboard – if it gets you moving and you enjoy it, keep doing it! Any activity is better than none at all, plus it keeps the muscles engaged and a healthy weight is so much easier on the joints. As the old saying goes, “move it or lose it.”
Tobacco use is obviously one of the things you want to eliminate from your life, if at all possible. It dramatically increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer, and is responsible for more deaths in the U.S. than alcohol, illegal drugs, guns, HIV, and car accidents – combined.
These are all things we already know, but often just can’t find the motivation or justification to actually implement in our own lives. Remember, though, it’s never too late to start!