They Keep Learning
Your brain has the fascinating ability to adapt, meaning the phrase ‘use it or lose it’ is quite literal in terms of cognitive function. Mental decline as you age has largely been shown due to the altered connections within the brain.
This happens as synapses not regularly undergoing transmission will perish. Brain training and puzzles have been shown to slow memory loss and diseases including dementia and alzheimer’s.
So stay curious, find something you love to engage and stimulate your brain!
They Manage Stress
It’s no mystery that chronic stress leads to premature ageing, from shortening telomeres to shrinking the hippocampus. It’s important to manage the inevitable stress that comes with life.
Find a cathartic method to alleviate your stress, manage your time more efficiently, plan in advance and write your obligations down in order to reduce potential causes of stress.
The good news it that many of the habits synonymous with ageing well are well-known stress busters, including exercising, meditation and yoga.
… And not just to lose fat but to gain muscle and strength. A mixture of resistance and aerobic exercise is the best set up to age gracefully.
Resistance training has been shown to improve memory and cognitive function, bust stress and stall the effects of sarcopenia. Aerobic exercise will keep your heart and lungs healthy while keeping you mobile
They Prioritise Sleep
Sleep is the time the body and mind recovers. Seven to nine hours of sleep is required improves memory and maintains healthy cognitive function. Human growth hormones are also released to replenish collagen and elastin structures, to ensure skin is supple and healthy.
They Eat Well
Nutrition is one of the most important factors to helping us age gracefully and stay healthy. Getting enough macro and micronutrients helps bodily and mental functions.
Eating the wrong foods has the adverse effects, ageing you prematurely. Refined sugar causes glycation which damages the both collagen and elastin.
A poor diet can cause oxidative stress which damages memory, the skin and the immune system, making us more susceptible to infections.
They Do Yoga
Namaste. Yoga improves flexibility and balance while alleviating stress and reducing anxiety. Yoga is incredible cathartic, helping you to be more mindful while the deep breathing has a calming effect. It helps and prevents back pain, which affects 80% of people at some point in there live and is more common with age.