No one really likes to think about getting older, but it’s inevitable for all of us. Aging is associated with a lot of negative ideas in our minds, from weight gain, to health problems, to sore joints and more. Those ideas cause us to dread growing older.
It’s true that your body will change, but it’s also true that you can fight aging to some degree. Pursuing healthy habits now, and continuing into your fifties, sixties, and beyond, can help to slow the process and make it more comfortable. Start practicing these habits now, and you can ward off many common complaints of aging.
Get quality sleep. Eight hours still won’t cut it, if you’re tossing and turning all night. Address your specific sleep needs, and see a specialist if necessary. Over time, the stress of insomnia or fluctuating sleep patterns can take a toll on your health.
Reduce your stress. Stress has been associated with everything from high blood pressure and heart disease, to decreased mental and emotional health. Don’t just wait it out, assuming life will eventually get easier, while it continues to take its toll on your health. Take the steps to reduce it now.
Pay attention to your body. If something hurts or you notice an unusual symptom, see your doctor. Don’t ignore it, hope it will go away, or try to push through pain.
Pursue some low-intensity workouts. For many people, high-intensity workouts can wear down their joints over time. Try yoga classes, swimming, cycling, or other forms of exercise that you enjoy, but are also gentle on your joints.
Avoid over-use injuries. Here’s another reason to mix it up: When you pursue one activity or sport exclusively, you increase your risk of over-use injuries (like tennis elbow, for example). Pursuing a variety of activities protects against injuries and also keeps exercise fun.
Stretch. Stretching before and after each workout can fight against reduce mobility as you age, and will also protect against injuries. Remember to warm up and cool down each time you exercise.
Eat a healthy diet. A diet based in fresh fruits and vegetables helps you obtain valuable nutrients that ward off serious diseases like cancer. Fiber protects against diseases of the digestive tract, and protein helps to maintain muscle mass (which can decrease as you get older). And, of course, a healthy diet prevents weight gain, which is associated with many health complications.
On that note, give us a call if you need help creating a health diet or weight loss plan. We can assess your current state of health, make recommendations specific to your needs, and help you accomplish your health goals.