How Are Health & Wellness Related to Ageing?

health and wellness Sep 19, 2017

The ageing population in the United States is on the edge of a longevity revolution and it is advancing rapidly. Due to increased life expectancy and the growing numbers of baby boomers, the multitude of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to double in the next 25 years.

How will this staggering statistic effect your physical and mental fitness? How are health and wellness related to ageing?

Chronic diseases exact a heavy health burden on older adults. They are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths in the US, resulting in more than 1.7 million people losing their lives every year.

As well, chronic illness carries a hefty economic burden. They now account for more than 75 percent of the $2 trillion spent each year on health care.

Although the risks of disease and disability clearly increase with age, diminished quality of life, overall decline, and chronic illness do not have to be the inevitable consequences of growing older. Promoting healthy lifestyles to our ageing population is critical to reducing health care costs and long-term care needs.

You must be proactive.

Great improvements in medicine, science and technology have enabled today’s older Americans to live longer and healthier lives than any previous generation. Unfortunately, many people fail to make the connection between adopting healthy behaviors today and the consequence of their choices tomorrow.

Preventive care is one of the most important steps you can take to manage your health. Regular checkups and screening programs can help you and your doctor identify lifestyle changes you can make to avoid certain conditions.

Early treatment interventions, to a large extent, can reduce the impact of chronic disease and illness among older people. By developing a strategic plan, with clear objectives, and following through with the recommended preventive services of your personal care physician, you will be making strides toward a longer, healthier life.

Practice Mindfulness

Your body is a direct reflection of what’s going on in your mind. When you feel good about yourself and believe you’re worth the effort, leading a healthy lifestyle becomes much easier.

  • Begin your day with a positive attitude because it will impact everything you do moving forward. When you wake up in the morning, recognize that you have 24 brand new hours ahead of you and vow to be present and live each moment to the fullest.
  • Acknowledge that your choices determine your future. Your life can only change by the amount of responsibility you are willing to take for it. If you’re searching for the one person who can change your life, take a look in the mirror.
  • Positive self-talk is empowering; what you believe in will become your reality. Don’t allow junk thoughts to echo in your mind. Stop focusing on what could go wrong and focus on what could go right. If you realized how powerful your thoughts were you would never think a negative thought again.

Take Nourishment

  • Every time you eat or drink you are either feeding disease or fighting it. Food isn’t simply calories; it is information; it talks to your DNA. Each and every cell in your body is derived from the food you eat. If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?
  • If you want to be healthy you need to eat real food. What do I mean by real food? Real food doesn’t have ingredients; real food is ingredients. If it ever needed sun, dirt, or water it is real food. Essentially, what it boils down to is—eat like crap, look and feel like crap.
  • Because water is your body’s principal chemical component, it is more significant than you may think. Making up approximately 65% of your weight, it’s involved in every type of cellular process in your body. When you become dehydrated, your body runs less efficiently. You should consider water to be high octane fuel; make sure you are getting enough throughout the day to meet your hydration needs.

Foster Physical Fitness

  • Getting fit is a slow steady process; being fit should not be a destination, it should be a way of life. Adhering to regularly scheduled workouts will take commitment, determination and discipline; doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, when you don’t want to do it. Your desire will be created when something happens in your life that suddenly changes the way you see yourself in relationship to your future.
  • I’m often asked, “What kind of exercise is best?” My answer is always the same, “Whatever you will commit to and do consistently.” The key to successfully incorporating exercise into your already busy schedule and have it become a routine is to create a program around activities that you enjoy at a time of day that works for you.
  • When you include different types of activity both your body and your brain reap the benefits. The best approach is to do a little bit of everything. You’ll look and feel great when you build a healthy heart for endurance, strong muscles for power, and develop flexibility to keep the body pliable.

As you experience an increasing number of major life transformations, such as career shifts, retirement, empty nest syndrome, the death of loved ones, and physical changes you must find avenues to grow from these challenges in order to stay healthy.

If you are open to reinventing yourself, you can enjoy vigorous health as you age. Preventive measures like practicing mindfulness, healthy eating, and regular exercise can help reduce the risk of chronic disease and injuries. Incorporating these health regimens into your daily life provides the answer to the question, “How are health and wellness related to ageing?”

I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582

 

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