Creating and sustaining healthy habits at a younger age allows individuals to thrive as they age. Five habits have been identified by researchers to promote successful aging and longevity. Wellness requires cultivating behaviors and/habits that rejuvenate and replenish the mind and body. These simple habits will allow one to feel great now and into the future. Set a healthy for life intention to thrive presently and into the future (Yoga Journal November 2012).
- Physical activity. Bones are living tissue that are renewed by exercise and a healthy and nutritious diet. It is possible to mitigate some of the age-related bone-density loss by staying active. Weight-bearing exercise as well as muscle building exercise that include resistance against gravity are critical because weight on the bones triggers growth.
- Treat depression to maintain a healthy brain. Research indicates that individuals who experience depression are more likely to develop dementia. Individuals experiencing depression should seek treatment immediately to attain a quality of life.
- Cultivate optimism. Identifying the silver lining in situations lowers people’s risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. It is vital that individuals spend time engaging in activities that bring them joy; such as nurturing social relationships, expressing gratitude and engaging in acts of kindness toward others.
- Consume healthy fats. Eating monounsaturated fat (found in olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocados) can protect one’s memory and cognitive skills as people age.
- Eat colors for healthy glowing skin. For gorgeous skin, eat more orange-red produce. Research indicates that individuals with higher skin concentrations of carotenoids have fewer wrinkles and less evidence of skin damage. The antioxidants from consuming red-orange produce saturate in one’s skin over time and act as a natural sunscreen.