However, you get used to it: everyone is getting older. Is that bad? Not necessarily; we firmly believe that every phase of life has its charms. We want to pass on to everyone the importance of healthy ageing because no one wants parental ailments. Fortunately, you are in control of a large part of your ageing process.
It is very simple. If you live a healthy lifestyle, you will reap the benefits later in life. If you usually live unhealthily, you will most likely pay the bill for this at some point. In short: you better invest in good health. But how do you do that?
This is how you invest in healthy ageing
With these lifestyle changes, you will maximize your chances of a healthy and happy old age:
Get enough sleep
We cannot emphasize the importance of a good night’s sleep enough. Also, in the context of ageing, it is important to invest in a good night’s sleep.
Sleep deprivation leads to reduced immune system functioning and hurts cognitive functions such as concentration and alertness.
Avoid cigarettes and limit alcohol
Well, this is probably not popular advice for those who occasionally enjoy a cigarette or drink a glass of wine with dinner every day. Nevertheless, the figures do not lie: people who drink less alcohol and do not smoke have a greater chance of healthy ageing.
That’s because healthy lungs and healthy blood drastically reduce the risk of cancer. And above all, remember: it’s never too late to quit smoking.
Adjust your diet
It’s probably nothing new that proper nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Regarding healthy aging, it is important that you eat according to the disc of five and mainly choose vegetable proteins (instead of animal proteins).
That’s because legumes, nuts, grains, and seeds are good for your gut and lower unhealthy cholesterol in the blood.
Everyone knows that exercise is good for you, but how often should you exercise if you want to grow old healthy? In a meta-study comparing the results of 100 well-done studies, people who exercise at least 3 hours a week show significantly better cognitive performance in old age.
Both more intensive and physically calmer workouts provide a positive effect.
There is also no fixed guideline for the amount of movement. Whether you exercise for half an hour every day or once a week for 3 hours straight: the positive effect remains the same.