Thanks to modern medicine, people are now living longer than ever before. Longevity and ‘anti-ageing’ are some of the greatest achievements of our modern era, however, one could argue that it is the quality of life, not the length that should really matter.
Creating health goals to ensure the quality of life is essential for all of us but it becomes more critical the older we get. While the thought of getting older is avoided by some, many now feel that aging should be looked at as not only normal but empowering. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, along with getting wiser, we also experience higher levels of satisfaction and happiness the older we get.
Here are 3 tips to help you supercharge your health so that you can start living life to the fullest, no matter what age you are:
Socialize – the human species evolved in collective societies and were always connected to a village of people. Modern living has unfortunately seen more and more people, particularly the elderly, become increasingly isolated with very little social interaction on a day-to-day basis. Social interaction is not just a nice or pleasant thing to do, it is literally essential for our health and wellbeing. Loneliness is now considered one of the top health epidemics of the 21st century. Science has proven that social engagement can help buffer feelings of depression, anxiety, as well as improve cognitive function and disability. Make sure to plan your week with visits to friends and family, join a local club or gym or try volunteering so that you are out there engaging and contributing to your community.
Sleep – a common misconception is that the older we get the less sleep we need, but this is simply not true. Certain medications, accumulative lifestyle factors, chronic pain and a lack of prioritizing sleep are significant factors that can affect sleep patterns, however, 8 is still the magic number of hours of sleep we should all be striving for. If you are struggling to get to sleep, try having a warm bath to unwind, reduce caffeine intake (coffee and black tea), have only one 20 minute nap in the afternoon, reduce the amount of hours you are watching TV at night and increase physical activity, to ensure you are getting quality, uninterrupted sleep.
Exercise and stay active – A recent Swedish study found that physical activity is a significant contributor to longevity! Not only can it support overall strength and mobility, but it can also help support memory, cognitive function, cardiovascular health, bone and muscle health and mood. Start slow. If you are new to exercise, a few minutes a day puts you well on the way towards building a healthy habit. Slowly increase the time and intensity to avoid injury.
Sleep is essential for our health and literally supports every cellular function in the body. Regardless of age, we all need to be getting 8 hours of quality sleep every night! We have created products to support sleep for people at every life stage. Click here to browse our range or call our qualified Sleep Specialists today to start your journey to better sleep and wellbeing on 0800 345 999.