If you’ve recently found yourself…
spending more leisure time with loved ones;
helping others with your hard-earned wisdom and life experiences;
or enjoying travel, hobbies, and other adventures you didn’t previously have time for…
then you might be entering your prime time!
Ahh, yes—that blessed time of (relative) freedom from cares. The years when you can focus less on work/responsibilities and more on life’s simple joys.
How will you enjoy your prime years?
Of course the more mature years of our lives are a perfect time to enjoy family, invest in quiet hobbies, and celebrate past accomplishments. But it can be an especially active and vibrant time as well!
What were once referred to as the “golden years” are expanding. We’re enjoying an era of higher life expectancy and quality of life as we age. And supporting your health has never been more important. How will you make the most of this special time?
Here are some ways that you can invest in your physical and mental health, so you can shine through your prime:
1. Nourishing Your Body: The Benefits of Vitamins and Supplements
Did you know that, as we age, our bodies go through changes that affect how well we absorb nutrients in the food we eat?
To support your health through these changes, we recommend daily vitamins that support healthy aging. Nutrients like vitamin D, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids play crucial roles in promoting bone health, cognitive function, and heart health.
Other supplements such as herbal remedies (like elderberry and echinacea) and probiotics can also help you maintain day to day energy levels and boost your immunity.
2. Age-Defying Exercise: Staying Active and Fit
Exercise is a big factor when it comes to making the most of your golden years. Starting an exercise habit early and being consistent will mean more options for physical activity later.
Tailor exercise routines to suit your abilities and needs. You can opt for low-impact workouts like swimming, cycling, or yoga for joint health and flexibility. But you can also pursue higher intensity activities with the right training—did you know some of the best slalom water skiers in the world are between 50 and 70 years old?
And don't forget the importance of strength training to maintain muscle mass and support bone density and overall fitness.
3. Stimulate the Mind: Boosting Cognitive Function
Want to stay sharp upstairs? Work some brain-boosting activities into your week to support your cognitive health.
Try puzzles, games, and other cerebral hobbies that enhance cognition. We’re thinking of things like reading, painting, playing an instrument, or practicing another language.
Lifelong learning and curiosity have lasting benefits for mental agility. Feed your mind with new knowledge and experiences to keep it keen and active.
4. Lifestyle Habits for Vibrant Aging
The simple habits are still the most powerful when it comes to longevity. Prioritize quality sleep and stress management. Keep a balanced diet and healthy eating habits.
Less obvious, but equally important to your health, is your social life! Foster social connections (even if it’s with your mail person) and get involved in your community to promote your happiness and a sense of belonging. We never grow out of the need for connection.
By nurturing these lifestyle habits, you'll improve your quality of life and embark on a journey of vibrant aging.
5. Enhancing Longevity: Promising Strategies and Research
We’re always learning more. Keep abreast of the latest advancements in anti-aging research.
Some studies have shown that meditation and mindfulness practices support healthy aging as they combat chronic stress, which can increase risks of heart problems and even cancer.
You might also explore longevity-promoting interventions like calorie restriction and intermittent fasting that are currently showing promise.
6. Finding Joy in Every Stage: Embracing the Prime Years
Maximize this special time of flexibility and freedom by cultivating a positive mindset. Celebrate your accomplishments and then continue to set new goals that excite you.
Explore ways to maintain a sense of purpose and fulfillment in this stage of life, such as trying new hobbies, picking up old ones, volunteering, mentoring, or pursuing more education.
Embracing the journey and finding joy in each moment is key to making the most of your mature years. We hope you’ll savor the beauty and wisdom that come with this unique chapter of life.