Happy Healthy Aging!

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Aging is inevitable and beautiful. Every wrinkle, every scar, tells a story of your life. They should not be looked at as flaws, but as beautiful memories. 

September is Healthy Aging Month. Every person ages in their own way, but there are certain things you can do to age in a healthy way. Some tips include being positive, eating healthy, reducing stress, and being active. Health professionals and experts each have a list of their top ways to age healthily, and we have ours. 

We have combined a list of our Top 10 favorite ways to age healthily. 

1. Stress Less

We understand, not stressing is easier said than done.  Did you know that, according to WebMD,  75-90% of all doctor appointments are stress-related? It is no wonder why reducing stress is on numerous lists on how to age in a healthy manner and at the top of our list. Stress affects your body, both physically and mentally. It can cause physical symptoms such as headaches, heart problems, high blood pressure, and stomach issues.  It can also contribute to mental health issues, like anxiety and depression.  

We believe in the five by five rule. If it will not bother you five years from now, try not to give it more than five minutes of your time. We know that it can be hard to think about in the moment. Take a deep breath, re-center, and refocus.  Are people going to remember an outfit you wore or a bad photo you took in five years? Will that stressful project be worth it in five years? Will you even be working at the company in five years? So many people have health problems or pass away too soon due to stress-related issues. Don’t let that happen to you. 

We know it’s hard to stop when there is so much going on, but sometimes the best thing you can do is walk away. Take a break from the project you are working on and take a walk outside, or pick up the phone and call a friend. Sometimes the best thing you can do is look at something from a different or new perspective.

2. Be Positive and Practice Mindfulness

In today’s world, everywhere you look, there seems to be bad news. It’s on the television, the radio, and in most everyone’s conversation. While sometimes, there can be many reasons to be negative, be the light, and try to find something positive. 

Today’s world is entirely different from a year ago. For many, their work, school, and social lives were flipped upside down. So much is different, and there is a lot of negative but choose to look for the good. Are you spending more time with your loved ones at home? Are your children able to help you with work? There is beauty and positivity in everything; you just need to find it.

Being Mindful is on Healthline’s list of healthy aging tips, and we could not agree more. Practicing mindfulness will help you be positive and focus on the present moment. It takes practice, but over time, it will help you gain a new perspective. Next time you are playing with your children or out with a friend, focus on that moment. How do you feel? How do they feel? Try to focus on being present in that moment instead of letting your mind drift. Click here to read more on mindfulness in our past blog post.

3. Don't Act your Age

We love this tip from Healthy Aging® Magazine. Don’t act your age! Life is too short to sit on the sidelines. We truly believe that age is just a number. There is nothing more negative than someone saying you are too old to do this or too old to wear that. Don’t listen to them (unless maybe it’s your doctor ).

Instead of cheering on a family or friend playing a sport, how about practicing with them? It is never too late to try something new, or start something you have always wanted to do. Go back to school, try a new hobby, get active, the list goes on and on. Don’t act your age; act how you feel.

4. Eating Well

Eating well is another tip that is on everyone’s list. From doctors to health magazines, eating well is always a priority, and we want to incorporate it on our list. Have you ever heard the expression, you are what you eat? What you eat can affect you both physically and mentally. 

Everything is fast-paced in today’s society, so we find ourselves eating out more than we should because it’s quick, and easy, but we know easy isn’t always the best option. If you know you have a busy day ahead of you, try to pack yourself a lunch or a few snacks to help get you through the day.  

It’s great to splurge and have a cheat day, but eating well throughout the week will help you be able to have those cheat days. You don’t have to eat salads every day, but be mindful of what you eat and put in your body.  We’re not dietitians, but we know from our own experience how we feel when we eat very poorly versus eating something a little bit healthier. Overeating or eating unwell can make you age quicker and reduce your life expectancy, which is why it makes our list.

5. Regular Check-Ups

Another tip that seems to be on the top of everyone’s list is getting regular check-ups by your physician and dentist.  By going to the doctor or dentist regularly, you can stay on top of any problems that might arise. It is always better to prevent or catch something early before it can get worse. 

Not only are regular wellness visits important for your physical health, but they can impact your mental health as well. Reducing your stress is another tip on our list.  There’s nothing worse than stressing about something being wrong. Sometimes the stress of not knowing is worse than the issue. 

So break out your phone and make your appointments. Trust us; you will feel better just knowing you have it on your to-do list, rather than in the back of your mind. If you do not have a local physician or dentist, ask around. Maybe one of your family or friends has someone that they recommend.

6. Know your Family History

Knowing your family history is on the CDC’s list, and ours as well.  There could be healthy problems that run in your family such as cancer, blood clots, heart disease, diabetes, or even high blood pressure. If you know there is a high risk in your family; you can be proactive.  You can try to prevent it or watch out for the symptoms and catch it early. 

For example, if you know your family has a high risk for cardiovascular problems, maybe there are some activities or foods that your doctor recommends to help prevent any future problems. The worst thing you can do is ignore your problems and do nothing.

7. Get Up and Get Moving!

I’m sure you have heard the famous quote by Isaac Newton, “a body in motion stays in motion”. We couldn’t agree more. Our bodies and minds were meant to do more than just binge-watching Netflix. While it can be fun to have a nice relaxing day on the couch, it is not something you should do every day.

All physicians recommend exercise. The Mayo Clinic recommends at least 30 minutes a day of exercise. They suggest doing strength training at least twice a week and aerobic activists 75-150 minutes a week, depending on the workout.    

We understand even 30 minutes can seem hard to do when you already have a full schedule. Sometimes you might barely even have 30 minutes to sit down and take a break. Try starting small. Instead of sending an email, walk to your coworker’s office. WebMD credits staying connected with family and friends as another way to age gracefully. See if your friends or family want to join you while you exercise. 

8. Be Kind to Your Skin

This tips comes from Healthline, and we had to include it on our list. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It acts as our shield protecting us from bacteria, viruses, and harm. For it to do its job, we need to take care of it. Taking good care of your skin also affects your aging. 

It is essential to know what you are putting on your skin. Harsh products and overusing products will damage your skin. Click here to read more on how to take care of your skin.  

9. Get More Sleep

Getting enough sleep is highly recommended. By getting plenty of rest, you can help your body physically and mentally. Everyone is different; therefore, knowing how much sleep works best for you can incorporate it into your schedule. 

By getting enough sleep, you will wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Too much or too little sleep can lead to both physical and mental issues.  It is crucial to find the right balance. On average, adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Are you getting enough?

10. Take Time for You!

Last but definitely not least is taking time for yourself. While it is great to put others’ needs above your own, you need to think of yourself. You cannot support everyone while you are running on empty. 

Taking time for yourself is also a great way to reduce stress. It is easy to get wrapped up in work, school, home, and life in general. We each have an endless to-do list, making it hard to stop, but it is crucial to take time for yourself.

Come visit us at Thermae for an afternoon or a whole day. Have yourself a mini Staycation in Boardman, Ohio! Let us pamper you for a few hours. Shut your phone off and focus on yourself. Our Saunas in Boardman are linked to reducing stress as well as many other benefits such as cardiovascular support, pain reliefs, reducing inflammation, and helping with skin problems.

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