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Tips for Leading an Active Lifestyle As You Age

By Natali S. ,Science Relief Contributor

Many people become more reserved and withdrawn as they get older. They tend to find their favorite places to relax, and they stay there rather than going out and enjoying the company of their friends. However, this is not best for their emotional or social health. In order to lead a healthy lifestyle, people need to be involved in activities outside of their home. Whether they volunteer, join a club or spend time with friends, an active lifestyle is important for overall health. Here are just a few of the things that people can do to be actively engaged so that they are happier and healthier.
Get Some Sunshine
Sunshine is essential for both physical and mental health. When humans stay inside with artificial light for too long, they start to have problems with their health and their emotions. They begin to feel fatigued after short periods of time, and they may experience frequent headaches. They may even begin to feel moody or depressed. The perfect solution for these problems is to get out and enjoy some sunshine. Some people will benefit by opening the curtains or blinds so that the rays of light can beam through their homes. Others will feel better if they go outside to feel the warmth of the rays. They may want to sit on the porch, relax in the garden or take a stroll outside. It is also beneficial for them to simply get out of the house for a little bit so that they can experience a bit of the world around them. If they have limited mobility, an electric mobility scooter will allow them to still enjoy the outdoors without exerting themselves too much. No matter how they choose to do it, they will feel happier and rejuvenated after spending a few minutes basking in the sun.
One of the best ways to be active and involved is to volunteer. People who volunteer are often less depressed and healthier than those who don't. Many citizens choose to help those in need, such as working at a food bank or reading to young children. Others prefer to maintain local parks, work in animal shelters or spend time helping a religious institution. Volunteering can lead to new friends, social activities and an overall sense of peace and well being.
People shouldn't limit their activities just because they are getting older. In fact, they should actively search for ways to stay involved in their communities and with their friends, which will help them to live happier and healthier lives.

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Posted by Omkarr singh on Tuesday, January 01, 2013. Filed under , , . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0

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