To quote two famous sayings; you’re only as old as you feel and age is just a number. They both pretty much mean the same thing. Getting old doesn’t automatically mean your life is over! Of course, things will change. But, you can still live a happy and healthy life – if you make the right decisions. It is essential to learn how to take care of your health as you get older.
Picture 1. A Woman Is Exercising (Pixabay)
When you’re younger, it’s somewhat easier to take care of yourself. You’re naturally fitter and healthier. Your body isn’t as prone to health issues as it is when you’re older. The older we get, the weaker our immune systems become. That is why older people are more likely to get sick than younger ones.
There are still ways you can take care of your health as you age.
Check out the tips to take care of your health as you get older below if you want to live a longer, happier, life:
1. Keep your heart healthy with regular exercise
Stay as active as possible. It’s crucial that you remain as active as can be for as long as possible. When you’re in your 40’s and 50’s, you can still be pretty darn active. Going to the gym can be part of your regular routine, and you can push yourself. The more active you are, the healthier you’ll be.
Being active means that you’re improving your cardiovascular health. That’s a fancy way of saying that you keep your heart healthy. It pumps blood around as it should, meaning you lower the risk of heart disease – and other, related, issues.
As you start to get older, you should gradually lower the intensity of your activeness. By all means, you can still go to the gym and exercise daily – just take it easy. Instead of doing sprints on a treadmill, you can walk. Instead of lifting heavy weights, lighten the load. Your body will still see the health benefits, but you don’t end up pushing it too hard and causing problems.
Picture 2. Kettlebell Fit Fitness Crossfit Training Exercise
2. Stretch daily & work on your mobility
If there’s one thing most people neglect, it’s the need to stretch and be mobile. Stretching almost helps iron out your muscles. It can prevent stiffness. It also stops you from getting lots of common pains in your back, neck, shoulders, and even your knees!
What’s more, if you combine mobility work, then you create a more flexible body that can keep a lot of injuries at bay. Back pain is a severe issue for lots of people as they get older. You can say the same for knee and hip pain as well.
But, you can prevent or solve most of the issues with these problems with mobility work. This helps improve the range of motion in your joints, which stops the knees and hips from hurting.
When your joints are mobile, and your muscles are stretched, it improves your posture as well. So, your body falls into proper alignment and aches and pains are kept away.
There’s a great daily mobility drill you can follow in the video below. The best thing about stretching and working on your mobility is that anyone can do it. It’s not taxing so you can do these exercises every day.
3. Healthy eating keeps your body in excellent condition.
Stick to a balanced diet. The world of dieting & nutrition can be such a confusing place. There are loads of different diets out there that target specific things. You have diets for skin, diets for weight loss, diets to put on muscle – the list is endless!
As you get older, there’s only one diet to worry about; a balanced one. A balanced diet means you’re eating a little bit of everything:
- you get enough protein for your muscles to stay strong,
- you have enough carbs for energy,
- you have enough fiber to aid with digestion,
- and you have all the vitamins & nutrients your body needs.
When you eat well, your body generally takes care of itself. It functions as it should. You keep your blood pressure down. And you fill your body with vital things to fight off infections and maintain good health.
It’s also worth adding supplements into your diet as well – they become vital as you get older. The older you are, the more dependent you are on certain things. Things like Vitamin B6 to fight germs, calcium to keep your bones strong, and Vitamin D are all essential supplements to take.
Picture 3. Salmon (Pixabay)
4. Consider the need for dedicated care
When you start to enter your senior years, then it’s harder than ever to remain independent. You will still do a lot of things on your own – particularly if you follow the rest of the advice in this guide! But, there comes a time where you have to consider dedicated care from an outside source.
This could be from a carer who visits your home and helps you do things. Or it could be in the form of retirement villages like Yukana.
Picture 4. The Pancake Breakfast (yukana.org.au)
The idea of a retirement village is to let you live on your own or with your partner. In the same time, you have access to aged care services. By getting dedicated care from an outside source, you can maintain a higher standard of life.
Simple things, like getting in and out of the bath, become harder when you’re old. It’s physically taxing, so you need help. Otherwise, you risk falling and hurting yourself.
Sometimes, the best way to take care of yourself is to seek help from other people. So, as you age, if you feel like you reach a point where you need help; get it! It will only help you maintain a healthy life where you’re as happy and independent as can be.
There’s a reason loads of us go through a midlife crisis when we’re around 40 or so. It’s because we see old people that are struggling to walk or are battling illness, and we get scared.
We think that’s what our future look like – but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you know how to take care of yourself as you get older, then you can stay healthy and fit. This guide will help you do that, so take all the advice on board.