As a result of continuous medical advancements and a comparatively elevated lifestyle, the majority of women now expect to survive well into their late 70s or early 80s. However, a longer life does not always equate to a healthier one, even though you may live longer than your mother, grandmother, or great-grandmother did.
The reason you should make every effort to maintain your health is that you should anticipate living a longer life. However, precisely what does that imply?
Here are six tips for taking the best foot forward, especially with the new year approaching. What better time to start and keep some healthy habits up through your 80s?
Shake it Up
You’ve probably heard this a thousand times, but staying physically active is crucial for a healthy life. It not only keeps you looking good, but it also prevents any pain in the future. What I mean by that is that yoga, for example, encourages movement, flexibility and stretching parts of your body. Doing this a few days a week can prevent any stiffness throughout your body.
The saying A little goes a long way comes true with physical activity. A good route of encouragement might come with adopting a fun, active little puppy that loves the outdoors. If you are looking for a companion and the motivation to get you a house, then that would be your solution.
If that is not your thing, try and prioritise 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days a week; this can be in the form of a walk, hike, yoga, or pilates. The best part is that you can do the most healthy things in the comfort of your own home.
Everything in Moderation
While a healthy diet in general, of course, contributes to a better way of life, this doesn’t mean you have to be insanely strict with yourself. You’re allowed to enjoy a skinny cocktail with the girls on a weekend, but as long as you give your body the nutrients it needs, you can maintain these social habits.
To keep things interesting, it is the perfect excuse to play around and experience food. Healthy food isn’t always bland and boring; on the contrary, there are thousands of meals you can choose from that taste good and your body will thank you for them.
Even in the form of sweet treats, there are so many options now, including dates, which are notorious for their sweet, caramel-like flavour. There is no excuse, but that’s not to say that you can’t have a cheat meal here and there.
Sleeping Comes First
For a woman, it’s hard to switch off sometimes, as much is expected of a modern-day woman. But when you can, you need to prioritise a good night’s sleep. If that’s doing everything in preparation for it, such as a bath, skincare, lavender on the pillow, an eye mask and earplugs, then do it.
Getting enough sleep aids with productivity but also gives your body and mind the chance to charge back up. It also helps that it makes you look better, so say goodbye to bags. Also, it keeps a positive mindset; they say you only look as old as you feel, and with good sleep, you should always feel refreshed and reborn.
Stir It Up a Little
Having the same day every day is a monotonous life and feels like you’re in a rat race. It’s crucial to break out of that as best you can.
If this comes in the form of doing something you never would usually do on a weekend, whether that’s sharing some ready-to-drink cocktails with a stranger or going for a different position at work, start a new activity. Anything to keep life feeling new and exciting is great for your mental and physical health.