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10 Tips for Staying Healthy as You Age

 

 

 

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When you are young, it isn’t a usual thought to consider ageing. You imagine that you will always stay young, and though in your mind you still feel 20, your body will be getting older. However, although some are daunted by ageing, it doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit and healthy and have an active life. You can easily follow a few simple tips, and you will see it is easy to stay healthy as you get older. 

Keep a Balanced Diet

It might sound obvious but remembering to eat well and have a balanced diet is one of the key factors in staying healthy. It means trying to limit the amount of sugar, salt, and fat in your diet, and eating more fruit and vegetables. Sometimes when you get older, it can see a change in your appetite too, as you can lose your appetite, but it is important that you don’t graze on unhealthy foods. Try eating fruit, nuts or seeds if you are feeling a little hungry and choosing healthy options for your main meals. Breakfast can include yogurts, whole wheat cereals, and fruit, which will give you the best start to your day. Keeping plenty of fibre in your diet will also keep your bowels in top condition. Be aware of some ready-made meals that you can buy in the stores, as they can contain high levels of salt. 

Keep Drinking – Water

As important as what you eat is what you drink, especially when the weather is hot. You can dehydrate without knowing until it’s too late, so try to prevent problems by drinking plenty of water every day. If you like the odd drink of alcohol, then this is ok, but remember not to overdo it. Prolonged and excessive alcohol consumption can cause liver damage as well as contribute to other diseases. Caffeine is another stimulant that you need to take in moderation. Even though you might love your coffee, try to limit the amount you have each day. It is especially important in the evenings, as caffeine can affect your ability to sleep. 

Take Care of Your Teeth

Not only do you want to keep that lovely smile, but you also want to keep your teeth healthy for other reasons. If you don’t brush your teeth twice a day, plaque can start to build up, which can cause gum disease. If this is left too long, you might start to get cavities and lose teeth as a result. You will then need to have them removed and replaced with dentures which can limit certain things you can eat. Another reason you don’t want gum disease is that it has been shown to have an impact on diseases such as diabetes, strokes and heart disease. As well as brushing regularly, you also need to see your dentist at least twice a year to make sure there are no surprises. 

Stay Active

Being active is not only something you should do when you are young, but it is also an important part of life for any age. It can be easy to slow down as you get older, but even then, there are still things you can do to stay active. Don’t underestimate the benefit of walking, even a five-minute brisk walk each day can help to improve your fitness. If you are feeling less mobile, then you might not be able to do the more rigorous exercises, but you can keep active in other ways. One way is to start swimming; the water will support your joints and allow you to work your cardiovascular system at the same time. Another way is to take up yoga, as the easy exercises and gentle movements make it easy on the joints, and you can tailor the regime to suit your activity level. You don’t just want to work on your heart; you also need to do some strength exercises to keep your body strong. You lose muscle mass as you grow older, so you need to keep your remaining muscle toned and strong. 

Get Problems Seen by a Professional

If you find that something is wrong with you, don’t try to ignore it, rather seek a doctor or a professional to help you. Many ailments can be effectively treated if they are detected early, so the sooner you can get advice, the better it will be for you. For example, many people will suffer from back pain at some time in their lives, the sooner you see a doctor to help you, the better the chances they can help you. You can read more online about asking questions of your orthopaedic team. To prevent problems from occurring in the first place, you need to look after your back and joints. Keep your weight within a healthy range and eat foods with high anti-inflammatory properties. 

Get Your Vitamins

It is amazing to think that it is estimated half of the adult population is vitamin D deficient. When you consider that you can easily get vitamin D from your diet and lifestyle, you would think that this figure wouldn’t be as high. To ensure that you don’t get deficient, you need to eat eggs, oily fish, and cereals that have been fortified with it. You can also get a healthy dose by going outside and getting some sun for 15-20 minutes a day. However, you also need to take care you don’t get burnt. As well as vitamin D, there are many other vitamins that are all important in keeping you healthy. That is why it is vital that you try to get a balanced diet with many types of fruit and vegetables. 

Look After Your Skin

Your skin is one of the largest organs in your body, and it needs to be looked after to prevent it from becoming dry or diseased. Firstly, you need to protect yourself from the sun’s rays by ensuring you are using a high-factor sunscreen. It is something that you should be doing from a young age, as this is when some of the damage can be caused. You should also look for changes in the skin that might need to be investigated such as a mole getting bigger or changing colour. It is also important that you keep your skin in good condition by ensuring that you moisturise regularly and don’t use harsh chemicals that can dry out your skin. 

Get Regular Health Checks

As well as seeing the doctor when you think something might be wrong, you should also see them when you are well. Having a regular health check will help you to identify any problems you have, and the doctor can run tests to make sure you are healthy. Often illness and disease can occur before you get any symptoms, so if you get checked out often, they can find problems before they get worse. You should also ensure that you are getting any vaccinations and other health benefits such as flu jabs. These will prevent you from getting sick, and also prevent complications from occurring. There are also some health checks that are available to people over a certain age such as bowel cancer screening. Even if you have no issues, it is a good idea to have the check anyway. 

Regulate Your Sleep

As you get older, you often start to need less sleep. While this might sound like a nice idea, it can often mean you wake up early in the morning or have trouble getting to sleep at night. Because sleep is so important to your wellbeing, it is important that you try to regulate the amount you get each night. To do this, try not to take naps in the daytime, it can be hard to do, but if you can resist, it will make a difference at night time. You should also cut out any caffeine or alcohol in the evenings, ideally after 6 pm. Otherwise, the stimulant effect will delay your sleep and cause you to be tired the next day. To help prepare for sleep, you can try taking a warm bath before bed, and drink a warm milky drink or a chamomile tea. These will help you to relax and give you the best chance to get a good night’s sleep. 

Stay Social

One of the problems as you get older is that you can start to lose your social life and become more reclusive. It can be especially problematic if you have a lack of mobility as you won’t be able to get out so much. However, it is important for your mental and physical health that you keep your interactions with people. Even if you can’t get out often, the occasional trip to the local coffee shop with friends can make all the difference. If you are mobile, then try going to local clubs or coffee mornings to share the gossip and keep your mind active. 

It is important that you try to look after yourself when you are younger so that it becomes less difficult as you get older.

 

 

 

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