How to embrace healthy aging with healthy habits

February 28, 2022 Providence Optimal Aging Team


In this article:

  • Aging is inevitable, so embrace habits that help it, not hinder it.

  • Physical habits, like exercise and healthy eating, contribute to a happier, healthier aging process.

  • Social and environmental factors can also contribute to healthful aging.

We’re all prone to want to hibernate indefinitely like bears during the winter months … or at least until the first daffodils pop up through the ground. But the first couple of months of the year may be the ideal time to embrace habits that will help you stay your most vibrant self as you turn the page on another year.

Aging is inevitable, of course, so why not ensure a healthy future with easy-to-adopt habits that will help you stay proactive, not hinder the aging process? Let’s review a few pillars of healthy aging.

Movement matters

Exercise improves both your physical and mental well-being. And – great news – incorporating exercise doesn’t have to involve extreme workouts or high-intensity routines. Low-impact activities such as bicycling and walking are healthy, fun options to incorporate into your daily routine, and are suitable for people who struggle with health issues like arthritis. You might also consider hiring a personal trainer to help ensure you use proper form and stay accountable.

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Healthy nutrition

The areas for supplements at grocery and drug stores seem to grow larger by the week. While vitamins and supplements may be necessary or helpful if directed by your doctor, most of your balanced nutrition should come from balanced food choices. Whole foods, including fruits and vegetables, offer a wealth of benefits for your health and can be easy to incorporate into your everyday diet.

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Healthy hydration

Short of being from the actual Fountain of Youth, water does incredible things for your physical and mental health. How much you need to stay hydrated each day depends on a variety of factors, including age and sex. Generally , the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends drinking 2-3 quarts of water per day. That’s roughly 70 – 100 ounces. You can also hydrate by eating and drinking water-rich foods and beverages, like healthy smoothies.

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Brain health

It’s important to pursue activities that engage the mind and give you a sense of purpose. Additionally, spiritual practices, such as meditation enhance mental sharpness. Practicing simple mindfulness every day can ease stress and increase your brain health and emotional well-being.

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Safe surroundings

Making small changes to your surroundings can help your health. For example, paying attention to environmental features, like air quality, can make a difference in your overall well-being. Looking out for potential hazards at home can help prevent dangerous medical situations such as a serious fall or carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Proactive health care

During the aging process, it’s important to maintain routine medical appointments, as well as health tests and screenings. You’ll also want to stay on top of your medications and vaccines and be sure you’re regularly reviewing them with your doctor.


Find a doctor

If you want to learn more about proactive health screenings, exercise regimens, nutrition, and more, you can find a Providence geriatric specialist or a primary care provider using our provider directory.

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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

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