- Eating a healthy, whole food diet such as the Mediterranean Diet. Research has shown that this diet offers protection against heart disease, Alzheimer's and cancer
- Manage stress. We can't totally avoid stress but it is critical to figure out ways to handle it better because high stress is closely associated with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, depression and even Alzheimer's. Consider practicing yoga, Tai chi, breathing exercises or meditation.
- Exercise regularly - it has been shown to be the single best way to
- Quit Smoking. We all know it is the primary cause of lung and other cancers, but it has also been shown to accelerate aging.
- Stay social. One thing older, healthy people have in common is strong family and community ties. A recent study found that loneliness puts you at the same risk of early death as obesity, so stay connected!
- Stay young! Continue to pursue the activities you find entertaining and fun even if you have to change the intensity or find new ways to enjoy things you love. Pursuing interests and staying connected to your passions helps you feel young and people who say they feel younger than their actual years have a longer life expectancy!
- Focus on a purpose. Making goals for yourself and challenging yourself help you improve your outlook on life which helps avoid depression and anxiety. Volunteering and giving time to others is a great way to continue to feel that you have a purpose.
Staying healthy as you age is mental as much as it is physical, and taking these steps can improve the chance that you will have a long, healthy, productive life.