25 Hydrate. Seniors are at greater riskfor dehydration. Dietitians of Canadarecommends women have nine cups(2.2 litres) and men have 12 cups ( 3litres) of fluids a day. Fluids includewater and other drinks. You may needmore if the weather is warm or you’reactive.
Physical fitness is the singlebiggest thing you can do to slowdown the aging process. Whateveryour age, exercising can have apositive effect on your physical,mental and emotional health.
“The progression (of age) isreally dependent on the effortyou put into maintaining yourhealth, your fitness in particular,as you become older,” says Dr.
Tish Doyle-Baker, a researcherand professor at the University ofCalgary’s Roger Jackson Centrefor Health and Wellness.
Match your level of physical activityto your abilities. Ideally, try for
30 minutes a day, five days aweek; the goal is to get your heartpumping beyond the point of beingable to carry on a conversation.
Breaking those 30 minutes intothree 10-minute increments is alsobeneficial.
Of course, consult your health-careprovider before starting an exerciseregimen and start slowly. Let thesnail be your role model.
“Snails start slow. And theygo slow. But they do it everysingle day because that’s howthey move,” says Doyle-Baker.
“They carry on and do as muchas they can do with a realisticexpectation.”
19 Meditate. Give your mind a purposefulbreak every day for at least fiveminutes, allowing the brain to processinformation.
21 Try “canned” exercise. You don’tneed to go to the gym to enjoy thebenefits of weightlifting. Even strengthtraining with a can of fruit or vegetablescan preserve muscle mass, protectjoints and improve balance.
Travel. Visit new places, whetherit’s your local museum or anothercountry.
22 Laugh. The old adage rings true at anyage; laughter really is the best medicine.
24 Nap. Older adults still need sevenhours of sleep, but not necessarilycontinuously. Getting some of thatshut-eye in the form of a nap helpsrejuvenate the body.
Dance. Music and movement isgood for emotional and physicalhealth.