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5 Behaviors to Age Gracefully

By Jill Hamilton on September 18, 2014 in Just for Kicks

Couple laughing with the ocean as the scenery

What do you, a fine wine and George Clooney all have in common?

These are all things that get better with age!

While many adults loathe blowing out birthday candles each year, we think you should embrace your age. There are simple ways to age gracefully, and have fun while doing it.

1. Kick up your cardio.
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 4-5 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 staying active now, you'll help keep your body feeling and looking great for years to come.

2. Brush up on dental health (literally).
To keep your mouthful of natural teeth in your golden years, 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. In case you haven't heard, 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.

So there you have it. Follow our tips to age gracefully and maybe Mr. Clooney will start to take notice.