Once you turn “golden,” anti-aging practices become the order of the day. You commit to all these things to make yourself feel better as well as to continue being with the people and enjoying the things you love.
You’ve probably already made a lot of changes here and there. But, there are always new things that you can incorporate into your daily life that can make you live longer.
Provided below are diet, exercise, thoughts and behavioral changes you can make to stay youthful even if you’re already enjoying senior citizen privileges.
1. Take the right health supplements.
You may be loading up on vitamins but that doesn’t mean that you’re effectively delaying or outworking the effects of aging.
If you really want your health boosters to make you feel young, look carefully into the ingredients of your supplements. Find out what they can actually do to an aging body.
For example, as a person gets older, NAD+ levels continue to drop. NAD+ is what enables cells to convert food into energy. It’s what allows you to accomplish day-to-day tasks with ease and maintain a healthy body.
In order to maintain NAD+ so you can operate like a youthful person, it’s advisable to take a nicotinamide riboside supplement. Nicotinamide riboside (NR ) is a member of the vitamin B3 family. The body converts it into NAD+, which is an important energy source and promoter of cellular metabolism.
By adding NR to your daily health routine, you can enjoy these “youthful” benefits:
- Faster recovery of cells and tissues
- Healthy skin
- Better mitochondrial function
- Healthy cholesterol levels
2. Stay positive.
Doing things to make days happy and working out feelings of anger and bitterness can do wonders for anybody’s overall health. Older folks, however, have more to benefit from “letting the sunshine in.”
Better heart health has long been a proven benefit of having a joyful disposition. A study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh reveals that women who have a positive attitude and sunny disposition have less arterial narrowing than sullen women.
It’s important to mention too that a Yale study also discovered that being optimistic about reaching the golden years has been linked to seven more years of life.
3. Volunteer to help others.
As you age, you’ll find that you have more free time to pursue a variety of activities – so, do.
Taking the time to do good works will keep you physically and mentally active. It’s actually comparable to exercising four times a week. Not only that, the compassionate activity boosts antibodies that can keep your immunity level as well as regulate your hormones.
Most importantly, regularly volunteering to help others can lower death rate by 44 percent. This isn’t only because of the increased joy created by the activity.
Senior volunteers share that because of the established purpose of their days, they acknowledge how important it is to maintain good health. Therefore, they eat better, make sure to get enough sleep and implement a variety of methods to stay fit and ready to work.
4. Create a stronger marriage.
The quality of the relationships you maintain matter a lot when you’re getting older. The most important out of all these relationships is the one you have with your family, particularly your spouse. Therefore, make the effort to make your marriage better.
The longest study on happiness conducted at Harvard University shows that good relationships keep people happier and healthier. People who are more connected to their spouse and other vital relations live well and longer. They enjoy more adventures and maintain life vigor.
So, continue working on the closest relationship you have to stay young and to live longer. Your satisfaction in your marriage can determine how healthy you’ll be for the rest of your life.
5. Have your quiet moments.
Dedicate anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes for meditation or prayer. Learning to outwork your own struggles through still and quiet moments can keep you young at heart.
Such moments allow your body to slow down. Likewise, it regulates your breathing pattern, controlling the stress hormones you have coursing through your body.
At the same time, you get to release the toxic elements that are weighing you down. Prayer, for example, acknowledges a higher and more powerful being that can make things new. Surrendering burdens to that higher power can provide relief.
Meditation, on the other hand, uses the vast universe as a dump station. Just release your cares to it because life can manage itself and there’s no need to worry about how things will turn out. What’s meant to be is meant to be – it’s pointless to stress over how the future will pan out.
Physical, emotional, social factors and spiritual components are all important for youthfulness and longevity. Senior citizens who are happy and living life like young people implement practices that take all those elements into consideration. Take a cue and live a more fulfilling life.
Frank L. Jaksch Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer and a co-founder of ChromaDex. He oversees research, strategy, and operations for the Company with a focus on scientific and novel products for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical markets. Mr. Jaksch earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Valparaiso University.