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Living well, as the saying goes, is the best revenge. Many believe that aging well is even better. Most experts agree that people who take care of their health are more likely to age well then those who don’t. But what does this mean?
There’s no magic formula, but most physicians agree on a few basics:
- Eat a well-balanced diet, with foods that are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Limit foods that are have added sugars, saturated fats and sal
- Exercise every day – walking is a great exercise for people of almost every age. Yoga and strength exercises are great, too. For people who use wheelchairs, there are many cardio workouts that can be done while seated. Experts say exercise can keep us active, independent, stronger and mentally healthy.
- Get regular checkups and take preventive health measures, like getting flu and pneumonia vaccinations.
- Keep in touch with family and friends. If you can’t see them as often as you’d like, call, text or email them to stay in touch.
- If you use alcohol, do it in moderation.
- Read, watch TV and listen to the radio to keep up with current events. It will help keep you sharp ad make you a more interesting conversationalist.
There’s no magic formula for aging well – but making a commitment to being your best self, and following the advice of your doctor, can make a big difference in your health and well being.