Healthy aging month is in September, so we’re discussing some facts and activities that can help you participate and get active.
History of Healthy Aging Month
First, did you know that this year is the 30th anniversary of Healthy Aging Month? The inaugural month was September 1992 to promote it is possible to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle at any age for those born in 1942 who were turning 50. 8 years later, in 2000, the Healthy Aging magazine debuted, which featured information and articles on positive lifestyle and dietary changes to improve healthy and overall well-being. While geared towards raising awareness in mental and physical health to those over 45, the month is celebrated by millions of people of all ages who pursue being physically active and encouraging others to adapt an active lifestyle.
How to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month
Exercise a few times a week for 10 to 15 minutes and gradually increase the time as you see fit. Taking a class such as dancing, martial arts, or sports can be an easy way to start exercising a few times a week. Another great way to be active is to go traveling, camping, or hiking. Doing so is a great way to stimulate not only your body but also your mind.
Maintain A Healthy Diet
Start maintaining a healthy diet by watching and controlling your portion sizes. Many Americans tend to eat larger portion sizes than recommended, which can lead to overeating and that in turn can cause obesity. In addition to portion control, be sure to incorporate ample amounts of vegetables, fruits, and water into your diet.
Stay Social to Balance Your Mind Too
Staying social by visiting and hosting friends and family will help keep you from being sedentary or falling into accidental self-isolation, both of which can lead to depression. Volunteering or joining classes can help you stay socially active and sharpen your mind.
Listen to Your Body
If you’re not feeling well, don’t ignore the symptoms and simply wait for it to go away. You should be acquainted enough with your body to know when something feels off and that you should schedule a visit to your doctor. In addition, make sure to schedule annual medical wellness checkups to catch diseases early on and prevent them from being detrimental in the long run. Lastly, be sure to take vitamins as advised from your doctor.
5 Bonus Facts About Exercising
- Not only is exercising great for physical fitness, it will also stimulate the growth of new brain cells.
- Exercise is renowned for slowing down the process of aging.
- Healthier skin occurs because the dead cells and debris are cleared when you sweat during exercise.
- Research has shown that consistent exercise can help you fall asleep faster and improve overall sleep quality.
- Releases endorphins that can immensely boost your confidence levels.
Remaining physically active and engaged is one the best gifts you can give yourself for the long run in life. Staying physically and mentally fit and maintaining a healthy diet may help you beat some genetic diseases that run in your family and turn back the hand of time.