Age Gracefully With These Four Health Tips
No one can stop the aging process. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the aging process. And if one’s body is healthy, age can really be just a number.
As we age, it is important to take care of our bodies so as to avoid many of the health risks associated with old age.With the advancement of medicine during the 20th and 21st century and an increased access to healthcare, people whose previous life expectancy was around age fifty can comfortably age well into their eighties. But medication is not enough to slow down the negative affects of aging. It is incumbent on us to take our health seriously in order to age well.
Below are some recommended health tips that we all should incorporate as we age.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Being overweight or underweight can negatively affect the body. The older we get and more unhealthy our weight is, the more likely we are to face medical issues. Obesity will increase our chances of diabetes. Being underweight can leave our bodies fragile and unable to keep warm.
Exercise and build muscle.
Working out is not just for the young. Building a healthy muscle tone can help older people avoid many of the negative effects of aging (such as osteoporosis) by strengthening their bodies and improving their bone density. Muscle mass naturally decreases as we age, so exercises should be tailored to individuals in a way that best accommodates their changing bodies.
Eating healthy is key.
Young people can often eat whatever they want with little issues, but as we get older eating processed foods can do a number on the body and damage us in the long run. Your diet should consist of grains, lean proteins, healthy fats, and plenty of vitamins and minerals. These foods will give your body the nutrients and energy you need to power through the day and keep the digestive system regular.
You and your doctor should keep up with your health so as to formulate the best plan of action to maintain your health as you age.