For example, brain functions begin to deteriorate in the 30s, continuing to learn, taking on new jobs, reading, traveling during these years can improve and sometimes even delay age related brain deterioration.
This also is true for older adults over 50 years of age. If they eat healthy, exercise regularly, and continue to learn new things and challenge themselves, the over 50 person can retain good health, mobility, and brain function well into their 90s and even 100s. It takes effort and a decision to do so.
Meditation is one thing we learned this month that can help us to stay focused and grounded. The practices outlined in this month's blog will insure that you start off the right way and continue the right way. Learning to meditate can also help with brain function. Just keep adding to it and trying different mantras or phrases as well as different poses and locations. Mix it up.
Exercise is something we all know will help, but few of us actually put into practice. If you exercise, even if it's just walking, for a minimum of 30 minutes every day, you are well on your way to better mobility as you age.
If you gradually add other exercises in and include some weight lifting eventually, you will find your strength, stamina, and mobility will get better and better.
Healthy eating will provide all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to remain healthy. Low refined carbohydrates, lots of green leafy vegetables, healthy fats, and proteins, will ensure a well rounded diet.
A person over the age of 50 needs to be sure they drink lots of water and eat healthy foods or they will start to feel tired a lot.
Which brings me to the final piece of this puzzle, sleep. You need sleep to survive and to survive healthy.
A minimum of 7 hours sleep per night is optimum. Taking a nap during the day is perfection. It used to be that the 7-8 hours of sleep had to occur at night, but as long as the majority is at night, taking a nap to make up the deficit is a good way to get 7-8 or more hours of restful sleep in. Just don't sleep the day away, twenty minutes to an hour is plenty.
Things that are out of the normal routine of a day are no excuse to not eat healthy, exercise, meditate, or get enough sleep.
Traveling, vacationing, visiting family, and other things that take us out of our normal routine are not excuses to let your health go to the wayside.
An occasional day off from exercise, the occasional consumption of fast food, or a late night out for entertainment will not ruin your health, but to throw all you have worked for to the wayside everyday and all day is dangerous.
Meditation, healthy food, exercise, and sleep, all work together for a healthy and happy YOU!
Do you meditate? Do you eat healthy food? Do you exercise? Are you getting enough sleep? Remember that meditation, healthy eating, exercise, and sleep are all important to your overall health and well-being. Don't neglect one over the other.