50 And Over - A Healthy Lifestyle in Your 50s | Nutrition | Exercises
50 +? Are you feeling out of sorts and want to get back into shape while in your 50’s? Maybe you can’t turn the clock back to when you were 20 something years old, but the good news is that you can still find some of the old you. With renewed health comes the energy to embrace and really enjoy life again. However, even small changes can improve your health. One small change you can make is to add some activity to your daily life.
Common health concerns when reaching 50s:
- High blood pressure
- Hearing loss
- Changes in vision
- High cholesterol
- Insulin diabetes (type 2 diabetes)
- Digestive issues
- Hair loss in men and women
- Erectile dysfunction
- Overactive bladder
- Thyroid problems
Pay attention to good nutrition and cut back on sodium (salt) in your diet.
Limit foods that are high in unhealthy fat and be sure to get plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats, whole grains, fiber, vitamins and minerals each day.
Talk to your health care provider about your daily requirements and ask whether you should consider taking nutritional supplements.
2.Staying Active Physically and Mentally
Get at least 30 – 60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week, including aerobic exercise for heart health and weight-bearing exercise to reduce your risk for osteoporosis.
Walking, jogging, biking, swimming, hiking, dancing and weight lifting are good choices. Find a few activities you enjoy, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Talk to your health care provider before you begin any exercise program.
Studies show that challenging your mind can improve brain function and overall health. Stay in touch with friends and family members who are important to you. Take up an interesting hobby you’ve always wanted to learn more about, play cards with friends, or join a book club.
3.Maintain A Healthy Weight
Our metabolism naturally slows down as we age, making it more difficult to keep our weight in check. You may notice changes in your body shape and find that you have less energy. For women, this is especially true after menopause.
4.Getting Enough Sleep
Sleeping patterns often change as we get older, but good sleep is important for good health at any age. If you’re having difficulty sleeping or notice that you’re more tired than usual, talk to your health care provider. Getting too little sleep can increase your risk for certain health problems.
5. Reduce Or Quit Smoking
It’s not easy to quit smoking especially if you’ve smoked for years. Talk to your health care provider. There are a number of programs and medications available to help you stop smoking for good. Quitting is the single best thing you can do to improve your health.
6. Reduce Alcohol Consumption
No more than one drink per day for women, two for men, if at all. Be aware that the way your body handles alcohol can change as you get older. Never drink and drive or get into a vehicle with an impaired driver.
7. Reduce stress
Stress is a common problem for people in their 50s—takes a heavy toll on mental and physical health. In fact, studies have shown that stress increases the risk for heart attack, stroke and other serious medical problems, and may even speed up the aging process! Take steps to reduce stress in your life, either on your own or through a stress management program. Talk to your health care provider if you’re feeling overwhelmed or think you may be suffering from anxiety or depression.
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