It’s Never Too Late: 5 Healthy Steps for People of All Ages

Have you ever decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle but immediately abandoned it, thinking to yourself that it’s too late to change your ways? According to Argye Hillis, M.D., director of the cerebrovascular division at Johns Hopkins Medicine, “it’s time to take action and not allow your age stop you,” because “there’s shockingly not that much difference between an 18-year-old brain and a 100-year-old brain.” Take this as proof that you’re never too old to start practicing new healthy habits. 

Increase your physical activity levels

Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain malignancies, and this potent effect is known as “morbidity compression.” It essentially means you stay healthy longer in your late years, as compared with someone who spends the final five or 10 years of life battling chronic illness

Improve your eating habits

There are a variety of weight-loss strategies available, but it’s not just about shedding pounds. Anyone who wants to avoid dementia and other health risks should follow a Mediterranean-style diet, according to Hillis. It’s high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, and fish, and low in meat, sweets, and processed foods, all of which are good for your cells.

Get some quality sleep

Sleep deprivation has an impact on your memory, emotions, weight, and even looks. It can be more difficult to fall and stay asleep as you become older, but you still require the same number of hours. 

Most sleep disorders, according to the National Sleep Foundation, are caused by snoring, pharmaceutical side effects, and underlying medical diseases such as acid reflux, depression, and prostate issues. It’s a good idea to discuss those concerns with your doctor. Create a relaxing environment, set aside enough time for sleep, and practice relaxation techniques to get a better night’s sleep.

Quit smoking

There is a reduction in the risk of a heart attack in as short as 24 hours after quitting smoking. In terms of long-term advantages, Johns Hopkins researchers discovered that quitting smoking reduced the risk of dying prematurely in middle-aged smokers by nearly half, in collaboration with scientists from other institutions.

Smoking cravings and withdrawal symptoms can be alleviated by exercise. Schedule your workouts for when you’re most likely to crave a cigarette, and you’ll quickly find yourself craving a stroll or a bike ride instead of a cigarette. Still, having trouble on your own? Inquire about smoking cessation programs and aid your doctor.

Put your mind to the test

Your brain enjoys taking on new challenges, whether it’s learning a new language or driving a different route to work. Make it a mission to continue learning as you become older.

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