Master Five Behaviors to Mature Gracefully

by Jason 9/23/2014 8:30 AM

  What do you, a fine wine and George Clooney all have in common? These are all things that get better with age! While many of us come to loathe blowing out our birthday candles each year, employing these simple tips to mature gracefully can help us embrace our age -- and have fun while doing it! 1. Kick up your cardio. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, four to five times a week. Moderate exercise can include a fast walk, household chores, playing with your kids outside or even taking the stairs at work. If you make an effort to stay active now, you’ll help keep your body feeling and looking great for years to come. 2. Brush up on oral health (literally). To keep your mouthful of natural teeth for a lifetime, you need to make the right moves now. You know you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once, but it’s also important to see your dentist on a regular basis. A dental visit involves a comprehensive checkup that extends beyond your teeth. Dentists can screen for oral cancer, diabetes and more.  3. Social network. We all know it’s fun to hang out with our friends, but people who grow their social networks as they age have higher IQs and lower rates of dementia. Win-win! 4. Eat well and prosper. Maintaining a healthy diet doesn’t have to be hard. For starters, follow the new “food plate” recommended by the USDA. The food plate will help you understand which foods are better for you and which foods you should enjoy in moderation. We all know that a healthy diet is key to having a fit body. The healthier your body, the longer it will last. 5. Smile, Gorgeous! In addition to improving happiness, smiling may even prolong your life. A 2010 study of professional baseball players, conducted by researchers at Wayne State University, showed those who smiled genuinely in their 1952 Baseball Register pictures lived an average of five years longer than players who didn’t smile. This study provides some evidence that smiling is linked to people living longer.

Talk Like a Pirate; Don’t Treat Your Teeth Like One!

by Jason 9/11/2014 8:24 AM

Exercise: The Path to Your Fountain of Youth

by Jason 9/9/2014 8:30 AM

Have you ever heard the phrase, “You’re as young as you feel?” If you find yourself feeling your age, it might be time to get active! Starting and maintaining an active schedule can contribute to healthier bones, a healthier body and a healthier smile. Healthier Bones    Your bones are more important than you might think. Not only do they structurally support your body, but they also keep your internal organs safe and store necessary minerals, among other functions. As you age, osteoporosis becomes a greater threat than it was in your younger years. The condition causes bones to become increasingly porous, weak and brittle, which can put you at greater risk for a fracture. Luckily, exercise done properly can help rebuild bone. Healthier Body The hype is real. Exercising truly does help your body function properly. In addition to helping you feel better, regular activity can help protect you from developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Healthier Smile Lack of physical activity is a risk factor for obesity, a disease known to cause dental health problems. In addition, physical activity may decrease your chances of having gum disease. Follow these three tips for starting your new exercise routine:  Visit a doctor. The first step to a successful exercise routine is getting the okay from your doctor. Start slow. Find a walking buddy and do one lap around the local track. Slowly increase your distance, as your body gets stronger. And, walk on your own whenever possible during the course of your day. Find physical activities that are fun for you. Look for activities that you can enjoy – like gardening, biking, swimming or dancing – to name just a few. And, have fun exploring new activities as you incorporate exercise into your daily routine and begin reaping the healthy benefits.

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