Everyone knows that living a healthy lifestyle through eating well, exercising, and sleeping is essential for health and happiness. However, it becomes more essential the older you get. Follow these fast tips to help you start living or continue living a healthy lifestyle as you age.
- Stay Physically ActiveOlder adults should aim to have at least two and a half hours of brisk exercise per week. This should also include two days of light muscle activity to maintain muscle strength and tone. Examples of brisk exercise include walking, zumba classes, and water aerobics.
- Listen to Your GutThe digestive tract becomes more rigid as people age which can lead to issues such as constipation and nausea. These can be combated with a healthy, fiber-rich diet.
- Keep Your Brain SharpStay active in your community by attending events and classes offered to the public. Libraries and Senior Centers usually have groups that meet regularly for coffee, hobbies, and exercise. Attending fitness classes can be a great way to stay active and social at the same time!Always continue exercising your mind by listening to music, reading, keeping up with hobbies, and brain teaser puzzles such as crossword puzzles, sudoku, and word searches.
- Get Regular CheckupsRegularly seeing your physician can help remind you to bring up health issues that could be part of an underlying problem. This is also a great time to discuss the medications and supplements you take and make sure it all works together in perfect harmony.Older adults should see their primary care physician at least once a year and make sure they are up to date on immunizations. For example, it is recommended that adults over sixty receive a vaccine for pneumonia and a yearly flu shot. This can all be done during your yearly check up or at your local pharmacy.
Insomnia is common among older adults but getting to 7 to 9 hours a night is crucial to aging healthily. In order to maintain a healthy sleep life, follow these tips:
- Follow a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This helps your body to develop a rhythm and know when it’s time to start winding down for the night.
- Try not to watch TV in the bedroom on a TV, tablet, or smartphone. The blue light can trick your brain into thinking it’s daytime, and can inhibit sleep.
- Exercise regularly, limit caffeine in the evenings, and avoid eating large meals close to bedtime. Getting better sleep can mean something as small as a few simple life changes!
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