As you get older, you’ll face new challenges in terms of health and fitness. You may find your body is not as mobile as it once was, or things you used to find easy to do are becoming more and more challenging. The truth is, the more preventative care you give yourself, the easier the entire ageing process will be. If you’re concerned about ageing, mobility or general health, here are four tips for keeping yourself healthy.
1. Eat a Mixed, Vibrant Diet
You’ve probably heard the old saying “you are what you eat” and it’s true! If you eat a lot of processed food and miss out key nutrients, your skin will seem dull, your energy levels will be low and your recovery from surgery or other health issues will be slowed. Ensure each meal you eat has a few servings of fruit and vegetables and try to make your meals as colourful as possible. The colours in fruit and vegetables are signs that there are different types of nutrients and minerals, which will help ensure your body is as healthy as possible.
2. Know Your Limits
Don’t push your body too far past it’s limits. For example if you’re recovering from surgery, don’t sign up for a long race. Likewise, if you’re beginning to struggle getting up and down your stairs in the family home, consider investing in a stairlift. The truth is life is just easier with a stair lift and it can help reduce impact on your joints which can be a real blessing and impact your comfort every day. Installing a stair lift is an excellent way to maintain independence in your own home when you’re not quite as mobile as you once were.
3. Consistent Exercise Throughout the Year
Exercising is a wonderful way to build cardiovascular health as well as improving bone density, which is a considerable issue as you age. The best approach to exercise, in my opinion, is to find something you enjoy. If you’re someone who benefits from social accountability, try to consider finding a work out buddy to help keep you motivated or joining a social gym class. The more often you exercise, the easier it will be for you to maintain a level of fitness throughout the rest of your life.
4. Spend Time With Friends
One of the best ways to keep yourself healthy is to foster your friendships with friends and family members. Try to be as social as feels comfortable – inviting friends or family over for dinner or going on a long walk with a neighbour. This is really important for keeping your mind active and ensuring a good state of mind.