7 Habits for Healthy Aging

Buy healthy snack food.

Buy healthy snack food.

Maintaining a healthy weight can help you live a more active life.  But did you know that the habits that help you reach and maintain a healthy weight are also the habits that could help you live longer?

Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. is the Senior Fitness Consultant for Behavioral Sciences at the American Council on Exercise.  He encourages us to strive to be healthy with his 7 steps to a healthy life at any age using his HEALTHY acronym:

  • Healthy choices- Organize your life in a way that promotes making wise and healthy choices. For example, don’t buy unhealthy foods if you know you will dig into them late at night.
  • Eat and drink wisely- Maintain a balanced diet of food including protein, dairy, veggies, grains and fruits and make a point to drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is key because your thirst mechanism declines with age.
  • Activity-Keep physically active within your ability and make it a habit to be active each day.
  • Life’s little goals- Set goals for yourself that are specific and measurable, but also realistic. It’s important to challenge yourself as you age through life.
  • True thinking-Make sure the rules you are living by and your beliefs are set by you. Your rules should be true to you, as well as helpful and inspiring.
  • Healthcare- Make sure to visit your physician regularly for routine exams, and monitoring of blood pressure, cholesterol, and lipids. Be aware of your health, and take care of yourself.
  • Yes I can positivity-Whether it be simple experiences that are day to day, or pleasures that come from larger meaning that can change your life, find the meaning in daily interactions with others and enjoy life.

If you don’t practice these habits already, start to incorporate them into your daily routine.  But, make changes slowly.  Choose one habit at a time and take a week or longer to master that skill.  Need a little help?  Visit North Memorial Healthy Weight Loss.  You’ll find plenty of easy advice, downloadable helpers and other resources to help guide you along the way.

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