Aging occurs gradually over time. So too do some of the negative consequences that go hand in hand with the process. This, however, is a good thing. It allows time for us to make adjustments in our life that will better equip us for dealing with those changes. Take the time now and consider the following suggestions that will make your life easier.

Aging can be a state of mind as well as body. To reduce the feeling that age is creeping up on you, take action and fight back! A healthy diet, exercise and a good attitude about life can keep you not only feeling younger, but looking younger too!

Make sure you are eating REAL whole grains to help your body get the nutrients that it needs. Most whole grains that you see in the store have been processed to the point that they are not much better than a piece of white bread. Eating whole grains like oats, quinoa and brown rice will give you the vitamins, minerals and fiber you need to keep feeling your best.

Watch your caloric intake in order to slow down your aging. Overeating and obesity are linked with more health problems than can be listed here. Talk with your doctor about how many calories you should be taking in at your age, weight and fitness level and then stick to it.

For even healthier aging, eat more fish and less red meat. Red meat can muck up your arteries by sticking to the linings. Seafood has the exact opposite effect. Seafood not only does not stick as much to the arteries, it even helps prevent other things from sticking as well! As an additional supplement, consider taking omega-3 oil, the same oil found in seafood, every day.

Make sure you’re keeping active. Your body needs exercise to function properly, especially as you age. Adding thirty minutes of exercise into your daily routine can not only keep you looking younger, but it can also extend your life. And don’t wait until you’re already old to exercise, start as early as possible.

Make sure you’re only drinking alcohol in moderation. For those under 65, this means you shouldn’t drink more than two glasses a day. If you’re over 65, this means you shouldn’t drink more than one glass a day. If you’re going to drink alcohol try drinking wine instead since it’s shown to benefit health in small doses, unlike beer or hard liqueur.

Accept that you’re growing older. Realize that you aren’t in your teens and twenties anymore, and that your body and mind will start to change. Accepting the changes will help them to happen easily instead of turning your life into a constant uphill battle. Adapt and grow older gracefully and peacefully.

As you age, continue learning. It has never been easier to enroll in a community college or take classes online. You are never too old to take up a new hobby, study a foreign language, understand statistics, learn about quantum physics or learn anything of interest to you. Lifelong learning will keep your mind sharp and give you goals.

Make sure that you visit your doctor regularly for a check-up as you get older. Issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and mobility issues need to be monitored more frequently because your body will take longer to recover from health problems. Your doctor can advise you if you need to change any routines to keep your body healthy.

Get your sleep. It is normal for older people to take longer to fall asleep and stir a bit during night, so think about taking medicine for that purpose. Sleep helps your mental and physical function and gives your body essential time to recharge. Get enough sleep and life will feel better.

As you age your skin can becomes more susceptible to the sun’s harshness. Try to target activities that limit your exposure to direct sunlight. Wear a hat when walking or gardening, and before you go out in the sun, treat your skin liberally with a high SPF sunscreen to prevent UV damage.

Keep your medical records. Medical records can be destroyed after 7 years, so it is a good idea to have a copy for any future problems.

Periodically assess your ability to drive. You may be able to drive well into old age as long as you periodically monitor your ability to do so. Have your eyes and ears checked, don’t drive at night if it makes you uncomfortable and make sure your medications don’t affect your driving.

By accepting the fact that we are aging and that certain changes will accompany the aging process, we can better prepare for those changes. The tips outlined above should help us on our way to doing just that. Whether we need to establish certain habits or make changes in our living situation, the time to do it is now.