According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the aging of the U.S. population is one of the major public health challenges of the 21st century. But we all hold the keys to the fountain of youth. “There aren’t quick fixes or magic pills. Just four simple steps can ensure we feel younger, are stronger, and live longer,” says Dr. Shilpa Brown, an internal medicine physician.
Key 1: Combine resistance training and exercise. Studies have shown that resistance training – using bands, weights, or your own body weight – can help rejuvenate muscle tissue, in essence reversing the aging process itself. Add in 30 minutes of daily activity, such as walking, to help avoid health problems such as cardiovascular disease, falls, osteoporosis and depression.
Key 2: Eat a nutritious diet. Eat a diet low in saturated and trans fats, refined sugar, processed foods and excessive sodium. Include fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean proteins, and add foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, several times a week. Also try to avoid eating heavy meals late in the evening or close to your bedtime.
Key 3: Avoid smoking. Not only does smoking contribute to heart disease, but it ages your skin, hair and nails faster, too. If you smoke, seek assistance to help you quit and try to avoid secondhand smoke.
Key 4: Maintain a positive attitude. Having a strong social network – friends, children, family members, or even a pet – is important for nurturing emotional health and for easing stress, anxiety and loneliness.
Ready to find your youth?
Your primary care physician can help you determine which exercise routine and diet is best for you, or they can even start you on your way to being tobacco-free. Augusta University Health offers a variety of care centers and practice sites to fit your schedule. Make an appointment at one of our care centers today, visit augustahealth.org, or call 706-721-2273 (CARE).