Growing old is one of those inevitable things in life. It’s certain to happen and there’s basically nothing you can do about it, hence why many people accept it and move on with life to focus on other things. However, growing old comes with some nasty side effects that can be made with bad habits. For instance, wrinkles are a common problem among those that grow old. While some people wear those wrinkles proudly as proof of their experience and wisdom, others want to hide them because it’s a sign that your age is catching up to you. This is just one of the many issues we run into as we grow older, but luckily there are ways to fight back against the effects of ageing.
One of the best ways to stay healthy is to train towards a goal. For many, it’s the “5K” goal. This is just short for 5 kilometres and it refers to any kind of cardio that can be tracked with distance. For instance, you could do 5 kilometres by running, rowing or even cycling. The goal is to work your way up to that 5K goal and be able to do it every other day. This exercise keeps your heart healthy and can even protect your brain from ageing too quickly. Make sure you exercise every day and build up a healthy heart so you can age gracefully.
We spend roughly a third of our lives sleeping. It’s our way of recharging ourselves and giving us the energy to get through the next day. This is why it’s important to ensure we get a good night’s rest every night. Take a warm shower or bath before you sleep to relax your body, make sure your bedroom is the right temperature and take out any distracting electronics.
Lastly, we can’t forget about mental stimulation. Our bodies aren’t the only thing that can grow older—our mind can too! Make sure you stimulate your mind with puzzles, games and regular activity that makes you think. You might think that video games are for children, but many seniors enjoy a relaxing video game because it keeps their mind sharp and provides entertainment. If you neglect your mental health, then your memory will suffer, you’ll have difficulty focusing and you’ll be at a higher risk of a mental health disorder.