What’s the Secret to Living Longer? Feeling Younger.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Age is just a number” or “You’re only as old as you feel?” It’s more than just a motivational saying; it’s a way of life. Scientists are finding that older adults who feel younger than their chronological age are typically healthier (requiring fewer doctor appointments and medications) and more psychologically resilient (less likely to struggle with depression, anxiety and dementia) than those who feel older than they actually are.
In fact, people who feel younger have a greater sense of well-being, better cognitive functioning, less inflammation, lower risk of hospitalization and even live longer than their older-feeling peers.
How to start feeling younger
Meditation is an easy way to reduce stress and even slow the aging process. Recent studies show that long-term meditation practice can change your body on a cellular level. This means that through mindful meditation practice your DNA can heal itself (repair cells from a genetic level), which slows the aging process.
- Move your body
Regular physical activity can not only improve your health and quality of life, but also support positive mental health and healthy aging. According to new research, consistent aerobic exercise may not only slow down the effects of aging but ultimately reverse it by encouraging improved muscle repair and stem cell function.
- Be social
Having strong friendships can help you live longer, be healthier and feel more youthful. In fact, researchers found people who had strong social connections had lower measures of obesity, inflammation and high blood pressure.
Playing anything from sports to board games will not only help increase your social connection to others but also keep your mind sharp and your body in motion.
Laughter truly is the best medicine and it’s recommended at least once per day. It strengthens your immune system, boosts your mood, diminishes pain and protects you from the damaging, aging effects of stress.
- Stay curious
Learning a new skill, traveling or enjoying new experiences can help slow cognitive aging, helping you feel more youthful.
Are you ready to schedule an evaluation with Jason Ferine Physical Therapy? Call 424-365-2083 to learn how the healing power of human touch, hands-on manual therapy, strength training, yoga, exercise and acupuncture can help lower your stress, so you can feel younger and live longer.