How To Stay Fit & Healthy In Your Golden Years

As age catches up with us, we all start to feel those early signs of aging. It’s frustrating when your body starts to let you down. But, there are plenty of ways to keep your body healthy for longer. As you approach your golden years, it’s up to you to stay fighting fit! After all, these are the best years of your life, let’s make sure you’re healthy enough to enjoy them. It all comes down to a sensible diet, light exercise, and regular health checks.

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  1. Keep your ticker ticking

Heart disease and heart failure is one of the biggest problems among the aging population. Your heart works hard over its lifetime, and it starts to feel the strain! It’s your job to keep it in tip-top condition. A good diet is the real magic key here. Make sure your intake is low in fat, and low in cholesterol. Some regular, light exercise will keep your heart pumping, and keep your pulse in check.

 

  1. Keep your brain sharp

One of the scariest health conditions in the elderly age group is dementia. The likes of Alzheimer’s can start with simple memory loss, before turning into something much worse. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s (yet), you can delay and prevent the early onset. By keeping your brain engaged, you can keep your mind sharp for longer. Simple things like crosswords and puzzles genuinely help keep the brain stimulated.

 

  1. Keep moving

As we get older, our muscles shrink and our bones begin to deteriorate. We’re also much more susceptible to heart disease and heart failure. One easy way to prevent these problems is to keep moving! As soon as you stop that regular exercise, the body begins to slow down. The longer you keep moving, the longer you’ll live! It needn’t be anything more strenuous than a gentle walk every day. Anything to keep you going is a good thing.

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Image source: Chris Schrier @ flickr.com
  1. Test your senses

Anyone in the latter stages of middle-age will recognise this symptom! Your senses are often the first thing to go as you get older. Your eyesight begins to fail, and your hearing begins to struggle. It’s one of the more frustrating things associated with old age, but there’s plenty you can do. Although you can’t reverse these problems, you can manage them quite simply. Start with regular hearing tests and eye exams. See if you need hearing aids, and get prescription glasses.

 

  1. Stay young at heart!

The key to staying healthy in your old age comes from a positive mental attitude. If you feel young on the inside, you’ll look young on the outside! Keep a close social circle, and get out and about as much as possible. These are your golden years, enjoy them! You’re finally unburdened from the stress of work, it’s time to put your own passions first.

Staying fit and healthy in your older years isn’t always easy. It’s a constant battle against Mother Nature! But, with these tips and tricks, you’re halfway there.

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