When a couple has an age gap, it’s even more important to focus on maintaining health through the years. This article includes our best tips for healthy aging and overall wellness.
We’ve divided this topic into four sections. And, if you want to listen to the podcast or watch the video, then please see the links below.
- General guideline is to have some movement every day.
- Mayo Clinic recommends: Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. The guidelines suggest that you spread out this exercise during the course of a week. Greater amounts of exercise will provide even greater health benefit.
- For us: we try to do something every day. Walking, weight training, Jazzercise, resistance training with bands, hiking, etc. We usually devote about an hour a day to activity.
- Anti-inflammatory diet is probably close to ideal for anti-aging. Can use the Mediterranean diet as a basis.
- Carrie likes to refer to our diet as a clean eating diet, with the idea that you choose real, whole foods over processed foods. Choose organic and sustainable sources as often as possible. Refer to Carrie’s blog for recipes and more info.
- For us: we try to cook at home, avoid eating out, watch our sugar, and try to avoid foods that bother us.
- This topic can be controversial because studies often show no benefit or even a disbenefit when people take supplements. But, this may be because they aren’t taking quality supplements or they aren’t taking the right ones.
- The best thing to do is work with a qualified functional medicine practitioner who can do the right lab work to help develop a supplement program. Re-find Health is a good site to look for someone to help.
- For us: we take a TON of supplements, but each one has a purpose and each one can be monitored on a lab test.
- Also, you get what you pay for. Choose high quality supplements. I like the brand called Pure Encapsulations (no affiliation), Douglas Labs, Thorne Research, any brand that doesn’t have a lot of preservatives.
- Stress management is huge for health. Dealing with things, not bottling up emotions. Use therapy if necessary.
- Sleep is also huge. 7-9 hours although we seem to do best with 8.5-9 hours. Watch your sleep hygiene (no bright lights before bedtime, stop eating 2-3 hours before bed, dark room, etc).
- Keeping a schedule/routine is a good idea.
- Clean Eating Kitchen website for healthy recipes and health articles: https://www.cleaneatingkitchen.com
- Refind Health website for functional medicine practitioners: https://re-findhealth.com
- Medterra CBD (use code AGEGAP for 15% off)
Listen to the podcast episode for this topic below, or check out the YouTube episode.