4 Tips for Healthy Aging

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We all want to lead long, healthy lives. Healthy aging looks different for everybody, but here are a few key principles that can help all of us age better:

Foster social connections. Creating and maintaining relationships and connections is essential at any stage of life, but it’s especially important to prioritize. Set up regular dates and meetings with friends and family, like a Sunday lunch with your kids and grandkids, or a monthly book club.Stay physically active. It’s never too late to take up a fitness regimen. Find ways to work out that are fun and engaging for you. Sign up for a new class like water yoga at your local community centre or start a walking group with neighbours.

Boost your meals. Eating better can have a positive impact on your health, energy and well-being. A balanced mix of produce, protein and fibre can improve your health and help prevent common conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Ask your doctor to help you create the perfect meal plan for your health needs.

Attend your checkups. It’s easy to skip out on your annual physical or dentist appointment when you’re retired, especially if you’re a snowbird, travel the world, or spend the summer at the cottage. But medical appointments are essential to staying healthy and spotting and treating illnesses in their early stages.

Expand your network. Sometimes you need to go out of your comfort zone to meet new people and make new friendships. Part-time work is a great way to do this while earning some extra cash to help fund your retirement.