How to Protect Your Health As You Grow Older

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How to Protect Your Health As You Grow Older

Personal CareAs a baby boomer and someone rapidly approaching 60, you may discover that your body does not work as well as it once did. It is harder to get out of bed each morning, and once you do, your bones creak and groan in protest as you make your way to the bathroom. Visiting the bathroom in the middle of the night is also a new thing, as is not being able to chase your runaway dog down the street without getting winded, not to mention that climbing five flights of stairs is now a much more daunting task. Let’s face it, you are getting older.

However, there is good news for all you baby boomers out there. There are a lot of things you can do to protect your health and even improve it as you grow older. Getting older doesn’t mean losing your healthy lifestyle. This article will highlight some of those steps you can take right now to improve yourself.

The first thing is to get active, meaning engage your body and mind. If you are a sedentary person, or haven’t exercised for a long time, start with a walk. Whether you go one mile or five miles, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are getting out and getting active, however it is optimum to exercise at least 10 minutes. Also, you should do strength training and balancing activities at least twice a week. As a person ages, their strength decreases and their balance can be compromised.

You also need to keep your mind active. Do the New York Times crossword puzzle, read everything you can get your hands on, learn new things, play trivia games, or take up knitting or cross-stitch. All of these activities will keep your mind stimulated and healthy.

Next, you should choose healthy foods. Studies show that eating healthy foods can prevent a lot of diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, and help you live a more active lifestyle. The list of foods that are good for you is very extensive, but some of the foods you can try are any berries, tropical fruits such as bananas and papayas, cruciferous foods such as broccoli and cauliflower, nuts, and whole grains. Adding these to your diet will soon show a difference. Your heart will be healthier and your cholesterol will be lower. On the other hand, you need to eliminate foods that are bad for you, such as anything fried or processed.

Finally, take steps to prevent accidents. Eliminate hazards in your house such as slippery rugs or ladders left up. Ensure that the wiring in your house is up to code.

If you follow these steps, you will be well on your way to being healthier and happier.

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