Sixty is the New Forty Part 2

 

The Pentagon of Health model demonstrates five basic areas that need proper balance in order to live long and thrive. These five areas include: physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual. Living a long and healthy life requires being dynamic and healthy in these areas along with proper use of medications.

Physical We all know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. Cardiovascular health is the main focus when it comes to physical exercise. Walking, biking and swimming are some of the most beneficial ways to give your heart a good workout without risk of injury.

Mental Playing games, puzzles and reading are a few glorious ways to keep your mind active. Find something stimulating and fun to put your mind to work every day. Keeping your brain active will impede mental diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Emotional Exercising, eating right and getting plenty of sleep will ensure your emotional well-being. When we exercise, our bodies produce endorphins that make us happy. Getting all of the right nutrients from a proper diet aids in this process and nothing beats a good night’s sleep. Be sure to consult your doctor about a proper diet and exercise routine and let them know if you struggle with depression.

Social The majority of today’s communication takes place electronically and not face-to-face and this puts us at a disadvantage when trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Getting out, visiting and meeting new people are the best ways to stimulate brain activity and to grow and learn.

Spiritual Many benefits can arise from having a healthy spiritual component in your life. This article by Ezine states that being a spiritual person can offer a person peace, happiness, health, wisdom and respect.

Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil with NYU School of Medicine says that the human body does not age at the same speed. Some body parts age faster than others meaning that some people, with proper care and a healthy lifestyle can stay younger than the age on their birth certificate.

With all of the medical advances and wellness promotion in today’s world, experts anticipate the life expectancy rate to continually increase.

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