Want To Age Gracefully? Here's How You Can!

By Joel Ricafort

Aging is an inevitable part of life for everyone, but it can be a positive experience if viewed with the right attitude. Various changes will take place in your body, but some of the effects can be minimized with the right lifestyle choices. Remember that you have options when it comes to how you face aging.

Increasing your social activities can improve your lifestyle as you get older. Being part of a group can help you to keep learning and experiencing new things. Join a seniors group, a craft class, or a cooking class. Keeping busy will give you no time to feel older!

Feel free to have a drink and a good meal once in a while. Even if you are watching your diet closely and do not consume alcohol on a regular basis, you should take the time to have a good glass of wine that you used to love and a great meal that was your favorite. Enjoy things in life.

A true, lifelong friendship offers energy, love and emotional sustenance to live happily. It is never too late to make some new friends. Meet new people by strike up conversations with strangers in the grocery line, on the bus or at an event. It will improve your life.

Sit down and write. This can be in a journal, blog, a letter or even writing a book or poem. Writing will exercise your brain because it makes you think. It is also a great way to express yourself and generate new ideas. These things will keep you feeling wonderful and alive.

Don't smoke! Smoking has been shown to prematurely age you. Not only can it make you look older, but it can actually reduce your life expectancy. If you stop smoking, your body will start to repair itself within a day of no longer smoking. This will lower your risk for heart and lung diseases.

Make sure you're only drinking alcohol in moderation. For those under 65, this means you shouldn't drink more than two glasses a day. If you're over 65, this means you shouldn't drink more than one glass a day. If you're going to drink alcohol try drinking wine instead since it's shown to benefit health in small doses, unlike beer or hard liqueur.

Do protect your skin against wrinkles and cancer by wearing proper sunblock but don't over do it to the extent that you deprive yourself of much needed vitamin D! As much harm as too much sun can do, too little of it can also hurt you so find a suitable SPF that will prevent damage without completely prohibiting your intake of highly beneficial sunlight!

Now you can see that though aging is inevitable, you do have some control over the way it influences your life. By making positive decisions designed to suit your lifestyle, you can enjoy aging as a natural part of the cycle of life, and make the most of each day.

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