Age Healthy: The perfect new year resolution
With the new year extravaganza finally giving way to routine daily life, many of us might already have felt our ‘new year resolutions’ slipping out of our hand already. Well, if you’re also one of them (In fact, even if you’re not), here’s something interesting for you to chew upon: Why does the word ‘Old Age’ always ring images full of medicines and dullness? Have we forgotten that Old Age is a phase where we reap what we sow?
We’re here trying to highlight the importance of the science/phenomenon/habit/lifestyle of healthy aging. Yes, it’s not just a practice, it’s your whole lifestyle that determines your health later in life. WHO defines Healthy Ageing “as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age.”
It’s time that this new year’s we resort to multiple resolutions and stand by them: Let’s all start believing that old age is anything but a burden and the ability of a senior citizen to contribute to the society. Let’s also start working towards it. Here are a few easy moderations you must start making to your current lifestyle in order to pave a beautiful path towards old age for yourself:
- Diet: You are what you eat. Make sure you’re eating a nutritious balanced diet. We all have cheat days and that’s perfectly fine, but junk food should never form a core element of your lifestyle.
- Exercise: While a few of us may find peace in yoga, a few might feel the energy coming in from jogging. Well, dance, run, weight lift, cardio: You could pick whatever you enjoy! Exercise not only keeps you in shape but also helps boost your immune system and helps you stay healthy in the long run.
- Aversion from substance abuse: Quit smoking and drinking! We all know what smoking does to our lungs and what liquor does to our kidneys.
- Reduce stress: The relation between psychology and body has been long established and it is certainly true that stress will have direct implications on your body. Sleep more and stay happy. Do what makes you happy- that’s the trick!
On the face of it, these four pointers do look extremely generic. But take a moment, introspect, how much of these do we follow?
This New Year let’s all pledge to age healthy and to celebrate aging in all the beauty that is it. Happy New Year (It’s never too late to wish and begin, is it?)