In Part II of my anti-aging tips, I want to give you some tips on how to feel good and continue to perform everyday tasks and activities as you age.
- Walk/move every day. This is a great way to help with your cardiovascular health.
- Resistance train. Why? To build and maintain muscle and bone density so you have the strength to walk up stairs, get out of your car, get off the toilet, carry your groceries, get off the couch, go to the beach/pool, play golf, tennis, basketball, etc., open a jar, ride a bike, lift anything you need to lift, clean your house, garden, go fishing on a boat, etc. For more information on resistance training, read my blog post It’s Time to Start Strength Training from June 22, 2020 in the Fitness section of this blog.
- Eat enough protein. Protein helps us maintain and build lean muscle mass so we can stay strong and healthy and perform daily activities. As we age, we tend to eat less protein which leads to a decrease in lean muscle mass and a slowing of metabolism.
- Stay hydrated. Elderly people tend to drink less water. Don’t let that happen to you! Maintain good hydration habits. It’s good for your body, inside and out.
- Spend less time sitting. Sitting in front of the TV or computer for hours each day leads to the deterioration of lean muscle mass, and an increase in body fat due to lack of movement, among other things. Turn off the TV and schedule time to stand up and move as much as you can when you’re sitting at your desk. Humans were meant to move!
That’s all for now. For more anti-aging tips, read my blog post 5 Anti-Aging Tips from May 25, 2021.