Ageing Well – overall health

By 07/04/2024April 24th, 2024Advice, Ageing Well
Preparing healthy food for better overall health

Although ageing is inevitable, many scientists, professors and doctors are exploring what steps we can take to minimise the effects of ageing on our physical and mental health. Instilling healthy habits for a healthy life into your everyday routine can have a positive impact on how well you age.

In our Ageing Well series, we look at what impacts the ageing process and what can be done to improve your health and increase healthspan in later years. Healthspan refers to the period of life spent in good health, free from serious illness or chronic diseases.

Your healthspan is influenced by taking care of your overall health, maintaining social interactions and making positive lifestyle choices. Activity levels, quality of sleep and diet also play a huge part towards being healthy in later years.

By prioritising your health and making these recommended lifestyle changes, you will find that these healthy habits for a healthy life can have a big impact on your overall well-being as you age.

For further information, click onto this practical guide on Healthy Ageing from the NHS, which is full of healthy habits for a healthy life.

Healthy habits for a healthy life

Taking care of your health as you age is crucial for maintaining a better quality of life. There are many things you can do to stay healthy for longer. Here are some healthy habits for a healthy life, which will help you to age well.

Overall health

Take care of your hearing and sight, because being able to hear and see well can keep your brain engaged in the world around you. For example, maintaining friendships with others will continually stimulate the brain and can possibly delay the onset of dementia. 

As you get older, book regular health check-ups and screenings with your doctor. Your GP can then monitor your health and manage any chronic conditions before they become too serious.

Social connections

Maintain your social connections with friends, family, and community groups to help support your mental well-being. Click here to read how social connections can help you to slow down cognitive decline in later life.

Keep your mind active by engaging in activities that challenge your brain. These can include puzzles, reading, learning new skills or languages and maintaining your hobbies. Sharing these pastimes with others will combine social interaction and brain stimulation.

Lifestyle choices

Cultivate a positive outlook on life by maintaining a sense of purpose and stay engaged in activities that bring you joy and fulfilment.

Practice stress management and relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga or simply spend time in nature to reduce your stress levels.

Limit your alcohol consumption and avoid smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke, as these habits can significantly impact your health as you age.

Activity levels

Exercise regularly to keep your body strong and maintain flexibility to help prevent chronic diseases. The recommendation is to aim for a mix of aerobic, strength training and flexibility exercises. Read our article to find out more about suitable exercise for the elderly.

Good nutrition

Try to eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Limit processed foods, sugar and excessive salt intake. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. Read out Guide to Good Nutrition to find out more.

Reducing your red meat and ultra-processed food in your diet may help to reduce the risks of cognitive problems in later years, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Strive to maintain a healthy weight through a combination of a balanced diet and regular exercise to reduce the risk of obesity-related health issues.

Adequate sleep

Aim to get 7 to 9 hours of good quality sleep each night. This will help to support your physical and mental well-being. You can do this by creating a relaxing bedtime routine and ensuring your bedroom is a relaxing space for better rest.

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