It is NEVER too early to start thinking about healthy aging! Even if you are young and healthy- anyone with aging parents can understand how important it is to have a long life, but you want to be healthy in older age. Our choices today can affect how we grow older in the future.
We are not always in total control, genes are a big influence on our health but there are things we all should be doing in our quest to be a “SuperAger”. Lifestyle choices can make a big difference in our overall wellness now and in the future!
Here are some mental and physical choices we can make and are within our power to do, every day, to improve the odds of aging in a super way:
Be positive! A good attitude can get you far- now and in the future. When you make the choice to be positive you release “happy hormones” that are beneficial to your body. This is a practice, so you need to implement it now and it will come more easily the older you get. Also, positive thinking can help you recover from illness and aid in aging. According to a 2012 study published in JAMA, older people who felt positively about aging were 44 percent more likely to fully recover from severe disability compared with those who approached age negatively and looked upon it bleakly. Hatha Yoga and Meditation can promote optimism. Join us for Hatha Yoga Mondays 11-12, Tuesdays 10:30-11:45 and Thursdays 10:30-11:45am, Tuesday and Thursdays 9:15-10:15am. Mediation is held at Providence! Join Larry the first and third Thursday of each new month at 8:00-9:45pm for the Sacred Heart Meditation Circle
You ARE what you eat Try to maintain a healthy diet. Nutrition plays a vital role in how well you age. Learn more about a Mediterranean-style diet at Providence! This diet is rich in plant-based foods, whole grains, fish, olive oil, nuts and is beneficial in helping to prevent heart attacks, strokes and premature death. And it’s never too late. The diet works by lowering inflammation and oxidative stress, two possible causes of various age-related chronic diseases and health conditions. Contact Providence Health and Fitness to learn more about this type of nutrition and ongoing classes.
Get regular exercise and break a sweat Staying fit has so many benefits: It has been proven to help reduce memory loss that comes with age. It can help maintain muscle mass, balance and strength and be an effective treatment for many chronic conditions like arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. Come try our Lean Technique on Monday 5:30- 6:30 Tuesday 8:30- 9:25am and our Barre Intensity ( Barre class that also raises your heart rate for a cardiovascular workout) on Monday 8-8:55am,Tueday 5:30-6:25pm, Wednesday 8-8:55am and 9:30-10:30am, Thursday 9:30- 10:30am and 5:30- 6:25pm, Friday 8-8:55am, Saturday 8:15-9:10am,
Learn something new- Dance Challenging your brain with new steps and socialize with friends. The cognitive demands of dancing, which required people to learn and master new choreography, can positively affect the biochemistry of the brain. Dance also has a social aspect and people who socialize are more likely to live longer and age better mentally than those who are lonely and isolated. Try our Latin-inspired dance work out (sweat too!) with Zumba on Tuesday and Thursday nights 6:30-7:25pm, Saturday at 11-12pm and Sunday 11-12pm.