Nutrition as We Age, Part 3 - Nutrition, Physical Activity and Stress - our topic for today. Hello everyone - Happy March! *
Today we're going to build on our nutrition as we age series. This is an equation that's helpful to remember: Nutrition+Physical Activity+Reduced Stress=Improved Overall Health and Longevity
We'll discuss some more specific components, feel free to chime in whenever you have a comment or question
Keep in mind these are goals to strive for. They are not meant to make you more stressed, instead making a little alterations in your current lifestyle on a daily basis will help you in your journey.
Recommended amount of physical activity - 150 minutes per week. So that's just slightly over 20 minutes a day.
This includes taking the dog for a walk, household chores, running errands (if it involves walking so park your car as far away from your destination as possible, keep in mind how many packages you have to carry)
There are many options for physical activity in addition to walking, including but not limited to yoga, Tai chi, and lifting weights
Outdoor exercise is very beneficial as it allows us to get plenty of vitamin D exposure, and it has powerful mental and emotional benefits
Among other things outdoor activity is an excellent way to manage stress.
Other stress management techniques include mindfulness, meditation, and staying connected with others
Achieving and maintaining healthy habits can be challenging so let's talk about the barriers
First we need to identify the barriers
Next, we need to outline steps to overcome them
Small and attainable actions lead to gradual long term change
Rely on social support
Focus on habits versus results.
Hope this information was helpful have a great week, stay safe and healthy!