Getting Older, Getting Healthier



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Life expectancy is longer than ever, and that means that you need to start looking after your health. If you want to avoid the most common health issues that face older generations, then it’s vital that you start paying more attention to your body. A healthier lifestyle can not only help you live longer, but also minimize the negative effects caused by the natural aging process. It’s never too late to start looking more closely at your health, and the older you get the more important it becomes. The body goes through some serious changes as we age, and if you want to maintain your health for as long as possible, here’s what you need to do.

Staying Active

The number one way to keep on top of your health as you get older is to stay as active as possible.

 

You might even find that due to your age you are eligible for the Silver Sneakers program, and that can be very good for motivation. If you are over 65, check your Silver Sneakers eligibility and you will have access to local exercise facilities that have registered with the Silver Sneakers fitness program.

 

Even if you’ve never even considered exercise before, it becomes essential as you start to feel the effects of aging. Even light exercise can help you with:

 

 

Diet Changes

You are what you eat, and as you age you should start paying more attention to what you put into your body. Appetite changes can affect you adversely as you get older, and that can make it hard to keep up your daily intake of essential vitamins and minerals. It’s not just food either. The amount of water that you drink can also be important for keeping hydrated, energized, and motivated.

Sleepy Nights

Sleep is always important, but you may find that as you age your ability to get a good night's sleep becomes more difficult. This can have a very negative effect on your energy and health levels, and can often be resolved by establishing a better sleeping routine. Consider:

 

  • Minimizing exposure to artificial light (including phones and devices)

  • Planning a bedtime schedule

  • Making your sleeping space comfortable, dark, and quiet

  • Exercising

 

Do not underestimate the importance of sleep when it comes to keeping on top of your health. Better sleep means better health, no matter how old you are.

 

Focus on Prevention

Everyone knows that prevention is better than cure, and that’s a good attitude to take when it comes to your health. Make sure that you take precautionary measures so that the overall quality of your life is improved and you minimize your exposure to the more common health issues that come with aging. Look at:

 

  • Regular doctor visits (and listen to their recommendations)

  • Self-awareness - If you have dizzy spells or other issues, consult a professional as soon as possible.

  • Create a safe environment - Well-lit rooms, getting rid of obstructions, and even appliance checks can all help you avoid potential health problems caused by accidents and injuries.



 

Looking after yourself as you age doesn’t have to take over your retirement. Some simple lifestyle changes can have a positive accumulative effect, and that can only be good news for both your physical and mental health.