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Don’t wait until retirement to find your purpose

Research has made it pretty clear that a sense of purpose and direction in life is connected to a longer lifespan and enhanced wellbeing. In one study, scientists ranked people’s purpose scores based on responses to a questionnaire. They followed the people for 14 years afterwards and found that those with the highest score for purpose lived longer. This was true regardless of age and emotional or psychological wellbeing. Instead of waiting for retirement to determine your purpose and really enjoy life, why not start now? Start the process of healthy aging immediately by locking down your goals and direction in life.  


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Care for your spirit, not just your mind and body

When we think of health, we tend to think of the physical component. Some even consider emotional wellbeing. Yet the spirit is also a key component of overall health, and it needs attention too. How can you nourish it? Start by making time for your passions. Determine what activities truly excite you and set aside time in your schedule to pursue them. At the same time, it’s good to take a moment to do nothing and be still. Quiet your mind and focus on the present moment. Spending quality time with your friends and family or volunteering to help others are other methods of caring for your soul.


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Avoid injury while you exercise

Starting out on a new exercise routine can be exciting, but it’s important to use caution to avoid injury. If you get hurt it can put a serious damper on your fitness efforts. First, don’t skip your warm up. Your body isn’t designed to go from resting to exercising intensely, so perform a few gentle exercises to warm up your muscles. You should also slowly build up to intense levels of exercise if you you’re just starting out. Along the same lines, don’t rush your exercises, especially those with weights. Be sure to keep a water bottle with you so you don’t get dehydrated.


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Ward off dementia with daily exercise

While participating in activities that challenge the brain and keep us social are important for cognitive health, there’s no match for daily exercise. Research has pinpointed regular physical activity as a powerful tool in the fight against dementia. Start with walking each day. If you have a friend that can do this with you, that’s even better. It will hold you both accountable and ensure you get enough exercise. A good goal to work up to is 30 minutes five days each week.


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Stay social and active to battle depression

Therapy and medicine can help treat depression, but many find they still experience bouts of symptoms. That’s where lifestyle steps come in. Studies have found that being able to socially relate to others in a group situation are less likely to experience depressive symptoms. In a similar manner, exercise is beneficial for treatment. Research shows those who exercise regularly are more likely to overcome their depression. By identifying an exercise routine that works for you and joining a support group or taking part in social activities, you can support your efforts to move past depression.


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