6 Tips for Healthy Aging, According to the CDC

Although none of us can stop time and prevent the aging process takes place, there are a few simple things we can do to stay as healthy as possible as we age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has compiled a list of six actionable tips that will help you extend life and be the best version of yourself for as long as possible. Read on to learn how to age gracefully:and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss this one Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.

woman on the couch eating a healthy salad

You are what you eat (and drink!) when it comes to aging, according to the CDC, which suggests prioritizing your diet. “Make healthy choices,” they urge, suggesting fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy, and water.

Man doing bridging exercise, lying on his back on black mat in empty office interior.  Seen from floor level from his head

Man doing bridging exercise, lying on his back on black mat in empty office interior. Seen from floor level from his head

“Move more, sit less during the day,” the CDC advises. “Being active can help you prevent, delay, and manage chronic disease; improve balance and stamina; reduce the risk of falls; and

improve brain health.” How much exercise should you get? They recommend aiming for moderate physical activity, such as walking, at least 150 minutes per week (22-30 minutes per day), and muscle-strengthening activity, such as carrying groceries, at least 2 days a week.

Mature woman with sore throat, standing in the living room at home.

Mature woman with sore throat, standing in the living room at home.

Another important way to age gracefully and healthily is to avoid all tobacco products. “If you use tobacco, take the first step to quitting by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW for FREE help,” they suggest.

Health visitor and an elderly man during home visit

Health visitor and an elderly man during home visit

Getting regular checkups is an important part of healthy aging, the CDC emphasizes. “Visit your doctor for preventive services, not just when you’re sick,” they explain. “This can prevent or find disease early, when treatment is more effective.”

Complete the family history section in the medical questionnaire

Complete the family history section in the medical questionnaire

Many health problems are genetic, so the CDC advises keeping up to date with family history. “Share your family history with your doctor, who can help you take steps to prevent… chronic diseases or catch them early,” they say.

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Memory impairment

Memory impairment

The CDC strongly encourages you to be aware of any changes in brain health. “Everyone’s brains change as they age, but dementia is not a normal part of aging,” they say. “See your doctor if you have any questions about memory or brain health.” And to go through life as healthy as possible, you can’t miss this one 13 Everyday Habits That Are Secretly Killing You.