Aging is not a process we’re looking forward to but, unfortunately, it is inevitable. However, learning how to embrace it and even slow down its permanent effects can help you live longer, healthier, and happier. And, even though there is still a long way ahead before discovering the Fountain of Youth, these tips and tricks will help you remain independent and healthy, even if you’re well into your 60s.
Drink plenty of water
As we age, our skin produces less collagen, an element responsible for skin firmness. In time, this leads to the appearance of fine line, wrinkles, and saggy skin. One way to prevent this is to make sure you stay hydrated.
Don’t forget to drink at least two liters (65 fluid ounces) of water daily. This will quench your thirst but may also prevent headaches and water retention that can lead to swollen feet and bloating.
Another essential tip when dealing with aging skin is to use deeply moisturizing creams, lotions, and serums. Applied regularly, they will slow down the aging process, prevent the appearance of new wrinkles, and diminish the existent ones. Don’t forget to use a night moisturizing cream and sunscreen to limit the negative effects of sun rays.
We cannot stress enough the importance of living an active life. As you grow older, your body starts losing collagen, making your joints and muscles stiffer. Therefore, apart from collagen injections or supplements that will help your body, you need to exercise as often as possible.
However, since you will have to deal with reduced mobility and other possible health conditions that impose certain activity restrictions, we suggest starting with mild workout routines.
Jogging, yoga, and Pilates are great ways to improve your posture, release stress and anxiety, and stretch your bones to prevent back pains. They are also accessible for everyone as you won’t require more than a pair of good running shoes and comfortable clothes.
Swimming is another great physical activity that will work on all your muscle groups, helping you remain healthy, strong, and active, no matter your age.
See doctors regularly
In order to look after your health and detect possible health problems in time, you need to go to the doctor regularly. You should get a full physical at least once a year, while you should visit your dentist and your ophthalmologist every six months. If you are a woman, make sure to also book a routine checkup every year.
Stay tech savvy
Technology develops rapidly so you’ll always hear about new gadgets. Unfortunately, it’s hard to keep up with gizmos after a certain age, so you should stick to helpful inventions with a senior-friendly design. Learn your way around a computer and, if you’re not fond of smartphones and tablets, keep it simple by choosing a specific cordless phone for seniors.