Many of us think we’re bound to feel weak, slow and achy as we get older. But it doesn’t have to be that way. While it might not be possible to regain the energy you had in your 20s, you can be your best self at any age by embracing these three essential daily habits.
1. Make Sleep a Priority
One of the best ways to boost your immune system, minimize inflammation, curb your appetite, increase productivity and improve your mood is to get plenty of sleep. For some people, seven hours might be enough; others might need nine to feel truly rested.
The Takeaway: If you regularly feel drowsy during the day, try going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night until you feel fully rested. Work towards keeping a consistent sleep schedule, too.
2. Try Walking or Yoga
No matter your fitness level, most people can find a walking or yoga routine that serves them. These activities can increase heart health, prevent muscle and bone loss and improve balance. They can also boost your mood, help you relax and make it easier to sleep at night.
The Takeaway: To start, try dedicating 10 minutes a day to a post-dinner stroll or a quick stretching session. Your mind and body will thank you and you’re likely to age more gracefully.
3. Guard Your Time
Kids, friends, parents, co-workers and bosses can place endless demands on your time. If you overcommit yourself, your physical health will suffer because you’re not leaving enough hours in the day for sleep or exercise. Your mental health may take a hit, too; it’s easy to start feeling frazzled when you lose touch with what you need to be your best self.
The Takeaway: Don’t be afraid to say no to requests that ask too much of you.