Anti-Ageing: The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts
Did you know that you can still improve your body and mind, even if you’re approaching 100 years old? This is according to wellness experts who are encouraging people to take control of their wellbeing throughout their older years. Ageing can seem an intimidating process, with many unsure how to cope with their senior years. Knowing that you can still make a considerable impact on your body and mind might give you the confidence to reduce the signs of ageing.
Treat your temple
Your body is definitely the temple for your soul and the way you treat it can have an effect on different areas of your life. Age expert doctor David Gobble says it’s important that we look at all aspects of ageing in order to make the most of our senior years. Physical activity is important for enhancing circulation and building muscle mass – which we can still do even if we’re approaching our 100th birthday! Exercise can reduce the chances of falls and boost brain density, which could help tackle Alzheimer’s. Remember to feed your temple well too… Dr. Gobbles recommends trying a Mediterranean diet as this is low in red meat and high in nutrient-rich oily fish.
Developing relationships seems to have an anti-ageing effect on our lives because people who have at least five good friends tend to live longer and enjoy greater wellbeing. People without these kinds of connections suffer more from cancers and common colds. If it’s difficult for you to meet people inquire about local hobby clubs or look up groups online to break the ice.
Giving your mind problems to solve can boost cognitive function, so you feel as alert as you did years previously. Pick an activity you enjoy and get your brain working to feel younger. You can pick puzzles, learn a new language, play a new instrument or try downloading computer games designed to get you thinking.
Mind and soul
You don’t have to follow a religion to feel spiritual, but if you prefer to attend a church, temple, mosque or synagogue then ask friends and neighbours if you can go with them. It’s important not to ignore your spiritual urges as feeling connected in this way can really boost wellbeing. Dr. Gobbles also highlights evidence showing that people who followed their favoured spiritual path have increased life spans, delayed disability and lower healthcare costs.