Some people over the age of 50, find that their body just doesn’t work like it used to. They may suffer from sore and tight muscles, painful joints or they just don’t have the stamina that they used to when they were younger. But, some say that the key to living a long and healthy life is to continue to stay active and exercise as you get older. But, how do you avoid some of the problems that may arise in older age?
Take a look at your nutrition
One of the best things you can do for your health is to ensure that you get good nutrition each day. You can start this at any age and it can help you feel better and help you to maintain healthy body weight. Giving your body the right amount of nutrients and vitamins can help to keep your immune system in check and to help reduce weight gain and chronic inflammation, which may worsen as you get older. You don’t have to go on any crazy diets to make sure you get the best nutrition possible. Take a look at your diet and focus on eating whole, nutritious foods. Look at eating lean meats, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and healthy sources of carbohydrates each day. And don’t forget to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
Incorporate relaxation techniques
It doesn’t matter how old you are, chances are you will feel the stress of family, finances, work and everything in between. Stress can put a lot of strain on your body including your nervous system, your hormones and then eventually, the rest of your body. You will find that it is harder for you to recover from a workout if you are highly stressed. Stress can also play a part in how you feel mentally. One of the best things you can do is ensure that you incorporate a relaxation technique of some kind into your daily routine. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or take a lot of time out of your day to be able to recover and de-stress. It could be as simple as taking 10 minutes out of each day to deep breathe and listen to some calming music. Focusing on your breathing and slowing down your heart rate can have a very positive effect on the rest of your body to help you to take on each new day.
Get enough sleep
We live in a world where we’re always looking at our phones or some kind of smart device at all times of the day and night. But the problem with doing that is our devices can reduce how well we sleep at night. Have a look at your sleep hygiene habits and take the necessary steps to improve your routine.
Start by making sure that your bedroom is dark, it’s at a comfortable temperature and it is quiet. Of course, this isn’t always possible especially if you’re a shift worker or you live in a noisy neighbourhood. In that case, you may need to invest in some dark, blackout curtains, some high-quality headphones or a white noise machine to help improve your sleep patterns.
Enjoy some low-intensity workouts
Your workouts don’t have to be intense every single day. It’s good to incorporate low-intensity workouts into your routine. When we talk about low-intensity workouts we refer to easy workouts that still get your blood flowing and can help your muscles recover. Low-intensity workouts also benefit and can help improve your cardiovascular health. Some of these activities may include yoga, deep breathing, meditation, stretching or even some foam rolling to help improve flexibility and muscle recovery.
Check up with your doctor
If you’re feeling well, you’re less likely to see your doctor. But as you age and reach over 50 years of age, it’s a good idea to have a chat with your doctor about any health concerns that you may have. They may send you for further testing to cover any health matters that may appear after the age of 50. Also, your doctor will be able to help you understand any diet changes you may need to prioritise and any supplementation you may need.
There are a lot of things to consider as you age which you may not have thought of beforehand. For a full, comprehensive overview of your health after the age of 50, have a chat with your doctor. They can run through all the various health concerns and issues that you may not be aware of and provide you with a personalised approach to your health and well-being.