Growing older is a slow and gradual process that will require a lot of your attention if you want to make it healthy as well. Namely, just because you’re feeling well it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t offer your body and mind some extra care and make yourself feel even better. From having regular check-ups to eating well and doing some form of exercise, there’s a myriad of ways for you to help your body stay fit and healthy even in your senior years.
The key to a healthy life is good nutrition. This is especially true for seniors because the older we get the more susceptible to foodborne illness and food poisoning we become. Also, a healthy diet doesn’t mean you need to forgo your favourite treat or an occasional glass of sparkly. It simply means that you should make proteins, smart carbohydrates, healthy fats and some fibre the main part of your nourishment. As long as you manage to create a healthy mix of diverse fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and high-fibre foods, you’ll feel and look amazing even in your 60s. Calcium is essential for preventing osteoporosis, so make sure you eat between 800 and 1,500 milligrams of calcium a day by having dairy products in abundance. Multivitamin and calcium supplements should also be a part of your diet if you don’t get a chance to take enough of the vitamins through food.
Not only will exercise improve your way of life but it’ll also help you keep your heart healthy. 30 minutes of increased physical activity a day is all you need to stay fit and keep your body in top shape. Dancing, cycling, jogging, walking, swimming or any other aerobic exercise will keep your heart in check while helping you burn calories as well. Even if you decide to move to a reliable aged care facility where you can choose the activities you want to do throughout the day, let one of them be a regular workout session. Find a workout buddy who’ll go walking or swimming with you, and you can even ride bicycles around the city every day as a form of recreation.
Stress is one of the main causes of various chronic disease such as high blood pressure, heart problems and various other conditions. In order to prevent those diseases, you should learn to manage and keep stress at bay. That’s why it would be best if you found a few minutes or even an hour every day to devote simply to yourself. Do you feel like just laying back and relaxing with a good book? Do it. Have you always wanted to practice yoga but didn’t have time while you were younger? Now is the time to indulge yourself and keep the stress levels in check with the help of yoga or maybe meditation. Mental health is just as important as physical health, so if you have time to swim, you should make time to find your inner peace and learn to manage stress.
Have regular screenings
Even if you are feeling great, regular check-ups and health screenings should be a part of your annual routine. Early detection of cancers or any other serious health issues increases the chance of full recovery. Therefore, make sure you perform a monthly breast self-exam, and be on a lookout for any changes in your breasts. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, immediately report it to your doctor. All women in their 40s and older should schedule mammograms every year in order to detect cancer in its early stage. That is the time when it’s most treatable and the chances of death are very low. Do the necessary check-ups for cervical cancer by having a Pap test every 3 years. Women at the ages of 40-65 can get a Pap test and an HPV test every 5 years, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to check your health regularly whenever you can. For women older than 65, testing may not be that often if the doctor says they’re at low risk of any disease.
Taking care of your health is imperative no matter how old you are. Even if you’re in your golden years, you should make sure you have regular tests and screenings because prevention is the best medicine. With good nutrition and regular physical activity, you’ll feel and look amazing at any age.
This guest post was graciously provided by Diana Smith. Diana is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in alternative medicine and latest DIY projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.