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Aging starts the minute we are born. Kids seem to naturally love life and live it to the full. As we get older we seem to loose our way on enjoying life. So how can we age with grace and continue to enjoy life?

 Aging and Still Loving LifeAs we grow older, our body functions start to slow down so it’s important to stay active. Exercise is something we can do to keep our bodies fit. It will also help us live a longer productive life. This is because it improves the cardiovascular system or our heart. Exercise also increases the heart rate which enables the blood to flow smoothly to the heart.

The kind of activity that you do is not what’s important. There are plenty of activities or exercise that will have the same result. We just need to find what we enjoy and do it. You should exercise at least once a week for a half hour or more. Preferably three times a week. Research showed that participants aged 65 and older who exercised just once a week reduced their risk of death by 40 percent compared to participants of the same age who did not exercise at all.

There are low impact activities for older adults like walking, swimming, yoga and tai chi that can be done. These trainings will reduce the risk of falls and fractures, even increase endurance and boost bone density.

Depending on your lifestyle there are more intense activities that older adults enjoy as well. Both my wife and I are over sixty and like to ride bikes. I ride regularly with a 76 year old. Last weekend I did an 86km ride for charity with 1725 riders and there were two 82 year olds who rode it. We just need to learn how to do it at a pace we can handle and enjoy.

 Aging and Still Loving LifeAlso changing your diet can be very important in living a healthy aging life. Nutrient deficiencies appear to increase as we age. So as people get older, they need to increase the level of certain nutrients they take in. Some nutrients that are lacking in older adults are folate, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamins D, E, B6, and C. They also may be lacking nutrients such as iron, zinc, riboflavin, and vitamins A and B12.

Some people find it quite difficult to change their diet since they are used to doing things the way they are. To change your diet, the first thing to do is plan. Eating three healthy meals daily will require a diet and daily meal plan. Diets for older people should include plenty of vegetables and fruits. Fibers are also necessary to keep cholesterol and sugar level down.

Dehydration is another problem for older people. Older adults can be fooled and not know they are dehydrated. This is because the signals telling them they need water are no longer functioning properly. There are also some older people who reduce their water intake to avoid trips to the bathroom.

 Aging and Still Loving LifeDehydration may lead to headaches, digestive problems, constipation and worse, kidney failure. You should take note of how much water you are taking in. If you get tired of drinking just ordinary water, add a squeeze of lemon or a little club soda. Water intake should not be less than eight glasses a day.
Aging doesn’t only affect us physically but also mentally. Staying fit can have a huge impact on our mental health. To achieve healthy aging, it is important to have close relationships with others and participate in regular activities that give meaning and excitement to life. Try visiting friends, volunteering, maintaining some form of physical activity and increasing leisure time.

Aging is inevitable; we know it happens to everybody. But we can’t always see it happening to us. But staying healthy and aging with grace is something you should and can do to embrace life to the fullest. We can also show our next generation relatives how loving life can really be done.

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