Good Sleep Habits
No matter what your age is, adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Getting the right amount of sleep can be more difficult for senior citizens due to health conditions, medications, and poor habits.
In your 70s, it is important to make sleep a priority. Avoid strange hours, long naps and watching TV in bed. Proper sleep habits will allow you to be able to have plenty of energy throughout your day.
Daily Brain Engagement
While the brain is not a muscle, it behaves like a muscle and requires exercise for peak performance. It thrives on learning, new experiences and making connections. Find things that interest you, make you curious, and challenge your brain. Start with puzzles like Crosswords or Sudoku and then move on to more challenging activities, such as learning a new language or reading about an unfamiliar topic. Once something becomes routine and the sense of discovery wears off, you should move to something new.
Proper Exercise and Activity
Your body is built to be active, so it is important to get your body moving everyday. Exercise can help you feel great and live longer. Going for walks, joining group exercise classes and other activities can keep you healthy and energized.
The more you do, the longer you will live (according to a study that examined the energy expenditure of over 300 70-year-olds). The study suggested that those who used more energy were 32% less likely to die over a 6-year period. Keeping busy and active will help you feel better and may make you live longer.
A Healthy Sex Life
Sex is a part of life and a part of health for most adults. Maintaining a healthy sex life benefits you emotionally, physically, and more. Close to half of 70 years olds are sexually active, and this number is growing. Sex in your 70s is different than sex at other ages, but no less rewarding.
Eat More Produce
You’ve heard it your entire life, but it is true at any age- eating more fruits and vegetables will make you healthier. Studies have shown that plants reduce cholesterol and fight cancer. Add 2 servings of fruits and vegetables to each day to feel better.
The Right Attitude
The right attitude towards aging could influence your physical health. Researchers studied over 600 people and found that people with a positive attitude toward aging lived up to 7.5 years longer than the negative agers. Seeing the upside of aging, such as control of time, relaxation, wisdom, spiritual growth, and more can physically benefit your health.
Visit a Doctor
Staying healthy means keeping track of your health. Regular checkups with a doctor can help you to stay on top of health concerns and even catch illnesses early. It is a good idea to get your blood pressure, cholesterol, eyes, and more checked every few years or as recommended by your physician.
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