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Healthy Aging – Healthy Lifestyle

The key to healthy aging is a healthy lifestyle. You can reduce the impact of aging by following a health regimen that includes exercise, proper nutrition, stress reduction, sufficient sleep, and avoids excessive alcohol and smoking. Whether you’re concerned about weight gain or chronic diseases, your daily routine can go a long way toward promoting healthy aging.

Some key things for healthy aging is:

1.      Nutrition.

A diet low in salt and saturated fats that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, and fiber can reduce aging related risks for chronic diseases, such as, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and osteoporosis.

2.      Physical Activity.

Exercise is one of the most important things you can do and there are many different ways including walking, swimming, biking, gardening or working out at the gym.

3.      Mental and Emotional Health.        

Keeping your mind sharp by learning something new, completing crossword puzzles, playing cards or strategy games will give your mind the exercise it needs. It is also important to minimize stress and stay connected with friends and family to maintain emotional health.

4.      Quit Smoking.

As soon as you stop smoking, your lungs, heart, and circulatory system begin to recover and your chance of heart attack, stroke, and other circulatory diseases begins to decrease. The sooner you quit, the greater your health will be.

5.      Restful Sleep.

As you age, the quality of your sleep greatly affects your overall health. Disruptive sleep can contribute to fatigue, depression, weight gain, mood swings and trouble performing daily activities such as driving and working.

6.      Prevention.

Medical prevention, through immunizations, regular screenings, checkups and prompt treatment plays a key role in your quality of life as you age. To live longer and healthier it is important to have preventative screenings.

For a preventative screening or a routine checkup, please schedule an appointment with one of our friendly physicians at 706-322-9599.

Be healthy at any age!

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