Life can be awfully fun, but there’s very often an issue: as we age, it becomes naturally more difficult to live life to the fullest (or at least compared with how we lived when we were younger). We have responsibilities, and our body just isn’t quite what it used to be. Or so general wisdom says; in reality, these things are within our control much more than you might think. We don’t just have to accept the health and fitness issues that come our way as we age. There are things we can do to keep them at bay. Below, we take a look at some tried and tested methods for staying thrived, no matter how old you are.
It’s hard to get perspective on how society lives when we are, you know, right in the middle of it -- it’s usually only decades later that we look back and think “well, that was a bit strange.” In the future, they’ll look back at how we live and think, correctly, that we were far too sedentary. If you want to live your best life for longer, then you should endeavor to stay mobile. Don’t spend all of your time sitting at your desk or behind the wheel of your car. If you have no choice other than to sit down all day, make sure you’re doing something that’ll stretch you out, such as yoga, in the evening.
You can’t go through life without picking up one ache or pain or injury; it’s going to happen sooner or later. When it does happen, it’s important that you’re working to take care of the issue as soon as possible. If you don’t, you might find that the one injury is enough to put a dent in the quality of your life. Back pain is one of the leading injuries for adults, and can get worse if it’s not treated. To ensure that your back pain doesn’t become the thing that holds you back, work with a spine surgeon to correct the issue. You should also look at handling any knee or other joint pain, too, since they can get worse over time.
Cutting Down The Vices
It would be nice if we could continue to do as we please as we get older, but alas, we can’t. Take things like drinking or smoking, for example. Both of these can greatly compromise your energy and mobility. Though drinking alcohol is a socially accepted vice (less so smoking), from time to time look at giving it up for a few weeks. You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference it makes.
In Your Mind
Finally, remember to take care of your mental health, too. Adulthood brings a lot of responsibilities that can wear us down. By meditating, spending time in nature, and keeping a positive mindset, you can help to keep your mind in check. Having a healthy state of mind is one of those things that’ll serve you well in the long run!
by Contributing Author