I want to stick around… and stay healthy… for a long time.
That’s why I follow my 3 simple rules for staying healthy.
First, I watch what I eat.
I stock my fridge with healthy foods: grass-fed meats, eggs, fish, veggies, fruits, nuts and healthy oils.
And, I avoid sugar and processed foods.
I work out regularly, as well.
Exercise gets my heart pumping and boosts my mood.
It’s also helping me live longer.
According to a study published just this year, simply moving instead of sitting for 30 minutes each day could reduce early death risk by 17%.
And, I make sure I get quality sleep each night.
Regularly getting less than 7 hours of sleep can have negative effects on your heart, immune system, and your weight.
And when you’re sleep deprived you’re at greater risk for anxiety, depression and alcohol abuse.
Diet, exercise and sleep have always been my “big 3” keys to a healthy life.
But there’s a fourth.
One that I haven’t talked about very much.
Probably because I take it for granted.
But one that’s really essential for having a happier life.
It’s strong social relationships.
I am blessed to have my wife, Karen, in my life.
Our marriage is a true partnership. A happy partnership. And I can’t imagine each day without her.
She enriches my life and I’m so lucky for our bond.
But often older folks don’t have a spouse, or even family nearby to spend time with.
Without a tight group of friends or family, life gets lonely.
And loneliness and lack of strong relationships can increase the risk of premature death.
Making new friends is tough. Especially if you’re older.
That’s why I’m a huge fan of volunteering.
Volunteering not only gives you a feel-good “helper’s high,” research has found volunteering can provide real health advantages, like lowering your risk of heart disease, improving your mood, easing pain… and even improving longevity.
If you have a passion for books, consider volunteering at your local library.
If you’re an animal lover like me, reach out to a local animal shelter.
Do you love working with young children? Experience Corps is literacy program started by the AARP Foundation that pairs older adults 50 with elementary children who are struggling to read.
Volunteering is a perfect place to meet like-minded individuals. To start to form that circle of friends you can rely on for support…
A group of friends to help you live longer… and healthier.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance