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5 Ways to Keep Your Mind & Body Active to Live Healthier and Longer

By Dominica

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Last Updated: March 22, 2022

Most of us want to live long and strong, right? We want to experience health and a high quality of life right into old age.

Today, the average life expectancy for those in the United States is around 80 years. I think we can all agree that’s a decent length of life. A few reasons life expectancy is so long is that aging adults are doing better at keeping their minds and body active, there’s better healthcare, and a healthy lifestyle is highly encouraged.

Gone are the days when people think that getting older means life is going to boring or they can’t be physical. Just do a quick search on social media for active seniors and you’ll see a ton of people dancing, weightlifting, skiing, running, doing yoga, golfing, and much more.

Physical exercise is simply good for the body no matter what age you are. Add some mental exercise and you’re off to a good start for longevity.

 

5 Ways to Live Long & Strong

1. Activate Your Mind

How do you keep your mind active? How does it benefit you? As you probably know, most people keep their mind busy with thoughts running a mile a minute. This is not a bad thing in and of itself. After all, the mind’s job is to think. 

But what kind of thoughts are running in there?

  • Are they positive or negative?
  • Are they helping you feel good or bad?

It is important to take control of your mind and learn how to keep your thoughts positive. A positive mind can help your body. On the other hand, negative thoughts can wear the body down.

Pay attention to what kinds of thoughts you think and if you notice negative ones, replace them with positive ones. Over time, you’ll notice that your attitude will change for the better and you’ll simply feel better.

 

2. Exercise Your Mind Regularly

You can also give your mind a workout by learning new information. Stimulating the brain keeps it from living in the state of apathy. Just as you work out your physical muscles, you can also work out your mind by doing things like reading, learning, and playing games that stimulate thought.

In fact, there are wonderful individual and group games that help stimulate the mind and give it a good workout. They’re fun too! Here are some things to try out:

  • Crossword puzzles
  • Taking a class
  • Reading books
  • Learning new words
  • Doing puzzles
  • Play sudoku
  • Try out Lumosity, a wonderful brain training program. You can try out three games each day for free.

 

3. Keep Your Body Active

Regardless of how old you are, physical health is important. If you want to live long and strong, you’re going to have to stay moving. How can you do this? By doing your best to move or exercise regularly. When you do these things consistently, you’re more apt to live a healthier and longer life.

Don’t be like those who think that because they’re getting older means they must tame it down. You can decide now that you will be proactive in your health and vitality as you age. There are 60, 70, and 80-year-old men and women out there exercising every day and eating healthy. They made it a lifestyle and so can you.

Here are some great ways you can keep your body active as you age:

  • Brisk walks
  • Kayaking
  • Bike riding
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Qi gong
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Yoga
  • Attend a fitness class
  • Workout at a gym

Start off at a pace that works for you. It may seem like a monumental task if you are out of shape now, but if you take it in bite size chunks, you’ll see that it’s not as difficult as you think.

For example, if you’re out of shape, start off with a 20 minute walk each day around your home or neighborhood. Just 20 minutes. That’s something you can do. It might be tempting to make an excuse as to why you can’t, but most people have 20 minutes per day that they can use to exercise. Just decide and do it!

 

4. Eat Healthy Foods

Eating healthy foods certainly makes an impact on your health as you get older.

This may be challenging for some people, as they’re used to eating unhealthy foods. If your diet could use some cleaning up, start small and begin incorporating healthy foods into your diet little by little.

At the same time, stop buying so much junk food. As you cut back on junk food and add healthy food choices, you’ll make good progress toward a healthier lifestyle.

I’m not saying you have to only eat what’s considered healthy. Think of it as moderation. You can still eat some of your favorite sugary or processed foods, but keep it in check. Eat one or two cookies instead of six.  Eat two slices of pizza instead of five.

It’s not all or nothing. It’s committing to living a balanced life, including what you eat.

A great way to begin is to start eating more fresh fruit and vegetables. Also, increase your water intake each day, while cutting out soda, alcohol, or other sweetened drinks. Begin to learn about what foods are healthy and what foods are not. Make eating healthy a worthwhile goal and enjoy the benefits of a healthier and longer life.

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5. Refuse To Settle

It may be tempting to become lazy and apathetic, especially as you age or put on those extra pounds that tend to show up around middle age. We encourage you to refuse to settle. Don’t let your mind and body become lazy or bored. Make the effort to keep them stimulated and moving, even if it’s just 20 minutes per day.

Your mind and body matter, and how you take care of them matter too. Be proactive an keep them active in ways that work for you.

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7 comments on “5 Ways to Keep Your Mind & Body Active to Live Healthier and Longer”

  1. Perfect. This is brilliant. These are simple simple things to inculcate in our daily lives. I have a feeling many people do know what to do BUT very few do what they actually know. But why, is the big question?

  2. Get a dog or two.
    Every morning at daybreak I take my 2 Border Collies for a minimum1 Hour walk including 200to 500 mediun pace run up hill where the dogs provide a big help up hills and we meet other dog owners and we wave to all the cars that pass by. I am 84 and have been doing this for 30 years or more. I intend to keep it going for at least 10 years more.
    When the weather was good I camp with my 3 sons and we Kyak the rivers.

  3. All great advice! I just turned 63 and even though I walk a brisk 8 miles a week I started getting the weight around my belly? I've always swore that would never happen? My weight should be 160 now I'm at 212 I need to do something AND fast

  4. Changing mindsets and patterns of behavior takes a bit of investment of time and effort, and a commitment to health and happiness. People can struggle with change for a variety of reasons (emotional attachment to food, stress, getting caught up in unhealthy patterns of behavior). And you need to discover your why - a powerful one that personally motivated YOU (being able to hike in nature, enjoy an active life, mental health and stress relief, being alive and living to enjoy time with family)

    To make lasting change it helps to: join a community (find a “tribe” committed to healthy eating and exercise - in person or online, or both!) Surround yourself with people who inspire you

    Take a course (a yoga course online, a healthy eating course), learn (about whole foods, nutrition, health benefits of fruits and vegetables and “super foods”)

    Challenge your ways of thinking (I grew up eating eating fast food and lots of read meat), and

    Earn small wins to build your confidence and belief that you can live differently, set reasonable goals (workout once a week, then 2 then 3, join 1 course and complete it, drink 2 glasses of water a day, then 4, etc.)

    And … don’t be hard on yourself. It’s a journey. One step at a time. You got this!

  5. Hello.
    Thanks for your daily quotes, motivations and affirmations. Are very useful!
    Since months ago I'm avoiding social media to clean my mind and spirit. So, in the past you use to share the Motivation Quote as an Image, but now you post it at Instagram. Is it possible to read it in another format? Kind Regards!

    1. Hi L,

      A break from social media can be so rewarding for your mental health! Yes, we will soon be posting the daily quotes in the same format as previous on the site! We'll be sending an announcement email when that's ready. Thanks for the feedback.

  6. Why could be for many reasons. Beginning with little to no motivation. Knowing what to do but, just not doing it. And then mentally recovering from a traumatic experience. I could name more but, for time and space sake I won't. So everything you mentioned thus far is excellent and I'm getting back on the right track because, I continue to be motivated by your shared information.

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