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Oman health: Stay fit

Four simple steps to be your best at any age



They say you’re only as young as you feel, and if you’re older, the ability to feel young a little while longer is always appealing. Having a youthful state of mind goes a long way towards accomplishing this goal but you can’t ignore the importance of solid physical health.

To improve your physical and mental health and to prove that age really is just a number, apply these tips from the US-based Mayo Clinic today.

Find the perfect interval 

If you’ve never participated in high-intensity interval training before, here’s a compelling reason to start. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found high-intensity aerobic exercise actually reversed some cellular aspects of ageing. The research also found that exercise improved muscle proteins, enlarged muscles and increased energy levels.

The benefit of brain games

A sharp mind is every bit as important as a healthy body, and exercising your brain can be a lot of fun. Spend some time learning things on the internet, enrol in a class for that craft you’ve always wanted to master, go out with friends or sit down and play a board game. All of these activities can greatly improve your mental health. For example, a Mayo Clinic study found playing games decreased a person’s risk of mild cognitive impairment by 22 per cent, making this enjoyable activity healthy as well.

Supplementing your health

Health supplements should never completely replace whole food offerings but they may offer you real health value as well. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, supplements may be ideal for vegans and vegetarians or those who consume fewer than 1,600 calories per day. People with a condition affecting the way their body absorbs nutrients and those who have had surgery on their digestive tract should also speak to their doctor about supplements that may improve their overall health.

The importance of sleep

A good night’s sleep offers health benefits at any age but getting enough rest can be more difficult as you get older. To get a better night’s sleep, review your medications with your doctor to see if anything is having an impact on your rest. You should also try to limit your daytime napping (just 10 to 20 minutes per day is best) and avoid alcohol, caffeine or even water within a couple hours before bedtime.

With ageing comes fresh challenges and the need to be more vigilant in maintaining your overall well-being. By incorporating some of the tips above from the experts at Mayo Clinic, you’ll make sure the best years of your life are still to come. You can learn more about improving your health at any age through the advice offered in Mayo Clinic on Healthy Aging, or visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle for more healthy lifestyle ideas.

– BPT