Your knees have become creaky. You huff and puff climbing the stairs. How could this have happened? Facing the changes as we age is a challenge. We want to stay healthy and active. Here are some tips that will help you to make your senior years some of the best of your life.
Make sure you are eating REAL whole grains to help your body get the nutrients that it needs. Most whole grains that you see in the store have been processed to the point that they are not much better than a piece of white bread. Eating whole grains like oats, quinoa and brown rice will give you the vitamins, minerals and fiber you need to keep feeling your best.
Free radicals are destructive by-products formed as your body turns food and oxygen into energy. Because they protect against those free radicals, antioxidants may help you deal with the effects of aging. Sources of antioxidants are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Blueberries, blackberries, broccoli, and spinach are particularly desirable, as darker foods tend to have a higher amount of antioxidants.
Keeping your weight under control is one key to aging well. There are a number of ailments related to obesity which exacerbate age-related illnesses. In order to keep your weight under control, you should exercise moderately and eat a balanced diet. Tracking your food intake with an online food diary makes this easier.
Quitting smoking is one of the most important health tips at any age but as you get older, you are going to hear it more and more from doctors and friends. Smoking does not only lead to cancer, but it will also accelerate the aging process of your face. You will develop more lines around the eyes and mouth.
Wonderful memories will be produced by getting out of the house and traveling. You may not have the budget or the health to go on long vacations but just getting out of the house and going to the mall, park or theater is going to make you feel like life is worth living.
Take additional calcium supplements with your vitamins. Calcium gets more important to your body the older that you get. Most adults need about 1,200 mg of calcium each day. If you do not get the amount that your body needs, your bones are going to get brittle and weak.
Regular hearing screenings are import as we grow older. Hearing loss is one of the most common health conditions in older people. Have a screening done at age 50 and if there are no problems, have another one done in five more years. If a problem is found, be sure to have the screenings done annually.
These tips give you a place to start. Now it is up to you to apply them. Choose the ones that suit you best and follow through with the exercise and care that will keep you healthy. Explore things you have always been interested in but didn’t have time to master. Your later years give you the great gift of time.